Review of Development Partner Support for African Union Youth Employment and Education Priorities

Workforce Connections, FHI 360

This report provides an overview of efforts of the African Union (AU) and its development partners to strengthen education in Africa, in the context of the urgent and growing youth employment challenge facing the Continent. It begins with an overview of the AU’s role, structure, and main strategic frameworks and priorities as they relate to youth employment and education.

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PROGRAMME: Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, January 2016

Tony Elumelu Foundation

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) is a 12-week programme to equip startups with the basic skills required to launch and run their businesses at the early stage of their growth. The programme will bring together the best tools and frameworks to teach and hone entrepreneurship skills in Africa and globally. 

First Jobs for Young Women in the Middle East & North Africa: Expectations and Reality

Education For Employment (EFE)

With one in four young people unable to secure a job, youth unemployment is widely regarded as a defining challenge of the MENA region. Young women are particularly affected: in many countries in MENA female youth unemployment rates exceed 40%.

 Despite decades of regional advancements that have improved gender equality in education, less than one in three women in MENA is in the labor force. The figure is half the global average for female labor force participation, which has reached nearly 50%.

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“Screen for Success” Shared Knowledge Report

Making Cents International

The Digital Jobs Africa network is comprised of fteen of The Rockefeller Foundation's DJA grantees and partners in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. This initiative addresses the absence of a sustainable network of organizations who offer demand-driven training for digital jobs and job placement to disadvantaged, high potential youth. It advances their common goals and facilitates the sharing of tools and methods for addressing their mutual problems and responding to opportunities.


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Al Amal Rural Youth Case Study

Making Cents International

With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and in partnership with Silatech, Making Cents International is implementing the IFAD Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program (RYEEP); a three-year grant to increase employment and self-employment of young people aged 15-35 in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) countries of Egypt, Yemen, Morocco and Tunisia.

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We Got This: A Call to Action for Youth Employment

Opporunity Nation

Starting today, every one of us can work together and take concrete steps to ensure young Americans are thriving in their jobs, schools and communities. Generated by the priorities of our diverse, cross-sector coalition and an extensive listening tour with key partners, Opportunity Nation is releasing our plan to tackle the U.S. youth employment crisis: WE GOT THIS.

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‘Rural Youth’, an Untapped Market: Emerging Results from IFAD’s Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program

MicroCred , Pro-Invest, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Globally, rural youth are an underserved and often misunderstood segment of the market for youth-inclusive financial services. In the MENA region it is even more pronounced. The few programs achieving success are often too small or too one-dimensional to scale up; thus missing the opportunity to catalyze benefits that go beyond access to finance, such as increased employment and resilience.

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2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application

Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Selection Process

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Who is eligible to apply?

From Silicon Valley to Sarajevo: Putting Innovation Tournaments in the Development Toolbox


Representing over half of the global population, youth are a driving force in today’s economy and will lead tomorrow’s. Each day, new businesses and innovative ideas are brought to life by young people. In the development space, nurturing young entrepreneurs can be a great investment. Many organizations provide business skills training, funding for entrepreneurs with strong business plans, and professional mentorship to help youth around the world overcome the very real barriers to launching an enterprise.

Training and Development at Both Ends of the Workforce Continuum: Opportunities and Recommended Actions

RTI International

In the United States, the youth unemployment rate was more than 14% in July 2014, and has been in double-digits for the last 7 years (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). During recessions and in weak job markets, youths are usually the first to be fired and the last to be hired. Subsequently, they tend to stay in school longer and experience a significant drop in labor force participation rate. Currently, these difficulties are likely to persist for youths aged 16 to 24 as they face increased competition from other age groups for the entry-level jobs they traditionally would fill.

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