International Republican Institute, EMPRO
The International Republican Institute (IRI) launched its citizen security program in Panama in 2015. The program focused on supporting local governments to find new ways to engage youth from at-risk and low-income communities to help develop solutions to citizen security and local development challenges.
Affinis Labs, Seeds of Peace
This presentation is situated at the intersection of conflict transformation and social innovation and explores the role of youth-led entrepreneurship to drive positive social impact in conflict affected settings. We hear insights from two different initiatives that are working in this space: the Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellowship, and Affinis Labs.
Catholic Relief Services, YouthPathways Project
"I am READY" is a cognitive behavioral curriculum specifically designed for use with at-risk youth in employability programs, incorporating both content as well as instructional delivery.
Cognity Advisory, National Youth Service Corps Nigeria
As at today, almost 300,000 NYSC “Corpers” are deployed annually to serve across all the 36 states of Nigeria. There has been a missed opportunity to evolve NYSC to align itself to meet with present workforce development challenges facing Nigeria. The public private partnership between GE and NYSC and Cognity Advisory was established to galvanize a culture of skilled entrepreneurs from the NYSC cohort by training of 40 NYSC staff as trainers who then train no less than 1000 Corpers (over 40,000) per year.
International Youth Foundation, Cisco Latin America, FedEx Express Mexico
The demand for workers in a changing world of work is continuously evolving. More than ever, schools and employment programs need to be able to detect skills needs from industry in an iterative fashion to ensure they are preparing young people for the jobs of today and the future. Businesses have an important role to play in this process and are often engaged through participation in advisory committees or offering internships/apprenticeships.
Ghana Friends, Youth Empowerment for Life, Alianca Empreendedora
How can resource-weak youth turn challenges for starting up businesses into opportunities based on their own resources? How can organisations promote an entrepreneurial and creative mindset that makes youth change makers? How can we measure low-income entrepreneurial behavior, considering the context of today?
Restless Development, MasterCard Foundation, Youth Think Tank, Seeds of Peace, Desapoint
What support do young entrepreneurs need to design and adopt technologies for the agrifood industry? The Youth Think Tank, a youth-led research initiative of the Mastercard Foundation and Restless Development, identified challenges facing young people in the agritech sector in 7 African countries. This presentation explores one of the findings - the need for incubation spaces where youth innovators and adopters can share ideas and access information, tools, resources and mentorship.
Making Cents International, DAI/Puentes, Room to Read
Despite considerable progress made in understanding the importance of soft skills for positive youth development and gathering evidence, challenges remain to developing effective and contextualized soft skills curricula, successfully measuring these skills, and interpreting the results. Presenters and attendees discussed what we know about the importance of soft skills in different contexts in LMICs, how we adapt and teach them, and how we measure them.
Fundacion Espacio Publico, Fundación Capital, El Colegio de México, Canada´s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Espacio Público, an independent Chilean think tank, with the support and collaboration of IDRC and the IADB, has coordinated a research project on youth education and labor decisions in 9 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Global Communities, Overseas Development Institute, Berock Ventures Limited
The construction sector is booming around the world, providing lucrative employment opportunities for young people. However, construction work takes place primarily in the informal sector in many places. How can systems thinking be applied to better prepare youth to take advantage of this growth?