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BOOK: Employer Voices, Demands and Implications for Public Skills Development Policy, February 2016

The World Bank

Educators believe that they are adequately preparing youth for the labor market while at the same time employers lament the students' lack of skills. A possible source of the mismatch in perceptions is that employers and educators have different understandings of the types of skills valued in the labor market. Using economics and psychology literature to define four skills sets—socio-emotional, higher-order cognitive, basic cognitive, and technical—this paper reviews the literature that quantitatively measures employer skill demand, as reported in a preference survey.

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REPORT: The Banking on Change Youth Savings Group Model, March 2016

Barclays, CARE International UK, Plan UK

Banking on Change is currently one of the largest programmes working with youth savings groups (YSGs). In Phase 1 of the programme, from 2009 to 2012, the focus was on savings groups more broadly; in Phase 2 we have focused on YSGs in Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Between June 2013 and December 2015 the programme established 11,725 YSGs with over 245,000 members, of whom 132,000 are under 25 and two-thirds are women.

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Report

BLOG: Empowering Youth to Drive Change in the Eastern Caribbean, March 2016

United Nations Development Programme

Crime has become one of the main challenges threatening economies and livelihoods in Caribbean countries, according to UNDP’s Caribbean Human Development Report, with murder rates exceedingly high by world standards. Therefore, boosting citizen security is at the heart of our work in the region. And I knew that was going to be a big part of our work at UNDP Barbados and Eastern Caribbean when I joined the team three months ago.

REPORT: Toward Solutions for Youth Employment:2015 Baseline Report, March 2016

Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE)

This report shows the current responses to youth employment issues are disproportionate and disjointed, and all too often ill informed. Without a renewed sense of purpose and action from us all, our good intentions outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will ultimately wither—and a generation will be lost. However, this report notes that—for the first time—we have clear evidence that investments in youth employment pay off. 

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BLOG: Fall in Numbers of Young Jobless, February 2016

British Broadcasting Corporation

The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) is at its lowest for the time of year since 2001, UK-wide figures show. Some 853,000 16- to 24-year-olds were NEET at the end of 2015, down 110,000 on the same quarter of 2014. But the figures also show the numbers were 5,000 higher than in the summer. City and Guilds managing director Kirstie Donnelly said it was "worrying" to see the figures "creep up after months of more positive news". The Office of National Statistics figures date back to October to December 2001 when 833,000 young people were classified as NEET, some 12.9% of the total age-group.

 

BLOG: Young Women and Work: International Women's Day, March 2016

The World Bank

Development happens through jobs. They allow families to escape poverty, individuals to develop skills, and excluded groups such as women and youth to gain economic independence. This blog presents solutions that will lead to more, better and inclusive jobs brings by presenting ideas and perspectives from global thought leaders on the jobs challenge. The most recent World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report found that while over the past 10 years 250 million more women have entered the labor force, women’s average annual earnings today remain a decade behind men’s. 

REPORT: Findings from Five Youth-Inclusive Rural Finance Pilot Projects, March 2016

Making Cents International, Silatech, IFAD

Rural youth in developing countries make up a large and vulnerable group. Globally, three quarters of the poor live in rural areas, and about one-half of this population is young people. This young and growing population confronts a number of challenges, including poor quality of education, lack of basic infrastructure, lack of access to or control of sufficient land for farming, and, for girls in particular, more traditional cultural norms, which severely hinder their ability to build sustainable livelihoods.

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Report

FELLOWSHIP: YSEALI Professional Fellowship, March 2016

Young Southeast Asian Leaders

Over the course of a year, 250 YSEALI Professionals will have five-week placements in U.S. non-profit organizations and state and local government offices. YSEALI Professional Fellows will work in the field of Civic engagement, NGO management, Economic empowerment, Governance, Legislative process, Environmental and natural resources management. Learn how to become a YSEALI Professional Fellow. Or, if you are 18-25, you could be eligible to be a YSEALI Academic Fellow.

FELLOWSHIP: Global Good Fund, March 2016

The Global Good Fund

The Global Good Fund is accepting applications from social entrepreneurs for our 2017 Fellowship Program cohort.The Global Good Fund Fellowship is a 15-month program supporting the leadership development of young social entrepreneurs across the globe. The Global Good Fund  invests in these innovators by pairing them with executives who serve as Coaches, and by providing leadership assessment resources, a network of peers, sector expertise, and targeted financial capital.

FELLOWSHIP: JAUW International, February 2016

The Japanese Association of University Women (JAUW)

The Japanese Association of University Women (JAUW) is accepting fellowship applications from women students/researchers to study or conduct research at any of the host institutions in Japan. The 2016 JAUW International Fellowship Program offers core funding to pursue the ongoing study/research. All the applications must be submitted by March 31, 2016. All the Application documents must be typed in English written, and/or if written in any other language(s), will not be reviewed.

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