Youth and women in the 21st century workforce: Technology may be key, but only a part of the answer

Digital Opportunity Trust

Blog #3 in a special series for the 2012 Youth Economic Opportunities Conference
September 11-13, 2012 | Washington, DC

Engaging the Private Sector in Skills Development¸ Guidance Note/A DFID practice paper

Department for International Development (DFID)

This guidance note provides information on how the private sector can become involved in skills development; it identifies the contribution the private sector can make to increase both the quality and quantity of provision, complementing as well as challenging state provision. The note outlines the benefits of engaging the private sector and how that can complement the role of the public sector.

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Education for Employment: Realizing Arab Youth Potential, Education for Employment (e4e) Project

Education For Employment

e4e is education that leads to improved employment prospects. The need for e4e in the Arab World is urgent and large scale. This report explores how private stakeholders can contribute to meeting this need and identifies what enabling environment would be required for these activities to flourish. Beyond data analysis, we engaged in discussions with all key stakeholders, including public and private education providers, civil society, public sector policy makers and administrators, private employers, and the youth themselves in order to understand each of their perspectives. In total, we carried out more than 200 in-depth interviews and conducted surveys of 1,500 employers and 1,500 young people, focusing on a set of deep dive countries accounting for approximately 70 percent of the Arab World’s population and 60 percent of its GDP and representing the diversity in geography, income, and population found in the region – Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian Territories*, and Yemen

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Workforce Development in Developing Countries: A Framework for Benchmarking

Human Development Network, World Bank

This paper articulates a framework and approach to support the World Bank’s assistance to its partner countries with regard to the challenges of workforce development.3 The broader concept is the World Bank’s Skills toward Employability and Productivity4 framework which sets forth a holistic model encompassing five components for human development to support economic and social progress: (a) starting right in early childhood; (b) laying a strong foundation in basic and secondary education; (c) building and upgrading job-relevant skills; (d) fostering innovation and entrepreneurship; and (e)

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Eight Proposals for a Strengthened Focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Education for All (EFA) Agenda

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

These eight proposals derive from several bodies of work on skills development which have been completed in the last 3 years. They seek to avoid merely summarizing this work, but to extract from it, for this discussion on skills development, some new ways of thinking about the topic, some priority areas and neglected issues, key topics, as well as data and research needs. The work reviewed includes the valuable section in GMR 2010 (pp.

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European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs in Macedonia

Business Start-Up Center Bitola (Business Incubator)

A program of mentorship to female entreprenurs.

The Jobs Knowledge Platform Launches Youth Employment Videos

Jobs Knowledge Platform, World Bank

Young people from around the world share their thoughts on what a job means to them, and how they would alleviate youth unemployment.

Income Generating Program


Ujima asks a lot of its trainees, but has incorporated the importance of standing on your own two feet also for itself. Each training centre is linked to an income generating guesthouse. The guesthouses offer job exposure to trainees, but also generate the income needed to offer the training programme for free to its trainees.

The self-reliance concept is so important to Ujima that it is incorporated in its logo:
The best support is self-support!

Liberia Upgrading Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH)


An integrated approach to improving food security

Call for Resources: AIYD Resource Library

Alliance for International Youth Development

The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) is please to announce the upcoming launch of its brand new website. Available to members and non-members, AIYD wants your reports, policy papers, and guides for youth development to be featured in AIYD’s online Resource Library!

Contact us to share your tools.