According to the recently released United Nations report (“World Urbanization Prospects”), more than half of humanity now lives in cities. Today, 54% of the world’s population, 3.9 billion people, resides in urban areas, compared to only 30% back in 1950. The report predicts that cities will add an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, with nearly 90% of this increase happening in Asia and Africa.
This year’s Workforce Development Track of the Making Cents conference saw more than a tenfold increase in proposal submissions and will feature a record number of panelists across nine distinct workforce themed panels. The lineup of proposals and participants provides terrific insight into the range and diversity of workforce issues that the development community and countries at large are grappling with, including public private partnerships, work-based learning interventions, soft-skills measurement, technology applications, career development practices and mentorship programs.
My name is Matthew French and I work for JBS International, Inc. This blog draws upon research conducted under contract with USAID’s office of Education (read the full youth engagement report here), as well as my own experiences working with young people.
Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD); Feed the Future; USAID
May 8, 2018 (All day)
The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and USAID are pleased to invite the food and agricultural research community, global development practitioners and donors, and U.S. Government interagency partners to participate in a public meeeting on the evidence base on rural youth employment and livelihoods. The public meeting will be held in Washington, DC on May 8, 2018.
Today, over 66 million youth are without a job globally and nearly 145 million youth are working, yet living in poverty. Launched in 2016, Decent Jobs for Youth has evolved as the global initiative to scale up action and impact on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
YouthPower, USAID, the Volvo Group, Standard Chartered
Applications Open - Young Women Transform Prize: Enabling Youth Led Economic Empowerment
The “Young Women Transform Prize: Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment” seeks international youth development professionals (implementers and funders) to review applications submitted by youth-led and youth-serving organizations. Express your interest in being a volunteer judge today. Thanks to USAID, The Volvo Group and Standard Chartered for their support of the Prize.