Lessons from SEED: A National Demonstration of Child Development Accounts

Washington University, Center for Social Development

Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment (SEED) is a policy, practice, research, communication, and
market development initiative designed to test the efficacy of, and inform policy for, a national system of savings
and asset-building accounts for children and youth in the United States. SEED is implementing and studying
inclusive saving in the form of Child Development Accounts (CDAs), established as early as birth and ideally
lasting across the full life course for all Americans. This summary report on SEED is based on CDA experience
with over 1,171 children and their families in 12 states and communities.

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Liberia Advancing Youth Project

Education Development Center (EDC)

The Advancing Youth Project will provide increased access to quality alternative basic education services, social and leadership development and livelihoods for out of school youth aged 13-35 who have no or marginal literacy and numeracy skills. The Project will work closely with the Ministry of Education and community-based organizations to build their capacity to manage a system and programs that provide youth with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

The Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth)

Education Development Center (EDC)

The Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth) is designed to create enabling environments that empower youth in different ways through a youth-owned, youth-led model.  The project supports youth in designing and managing initiatives that improve economic and social opportunities for themselves and their communities, enables increased numbers of Garissan youth to have greater access to livelihood opportunities and the world of work, increases youth retention and transition to secondar

Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East: Toward Sustainable Development for the Next Generation

Middle East Youth Initiative

This report explores the pressure the “youth bulge” in the Middle East is putting on educational systems, labor markets, health care, natural resources, and infrastructure. It also outlines a social entrepreneurship model, which the authors of this report believe could be the model to address the multi-sectoral challenges young people in the Middle East face.

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Inclusion of Vietnamese with Disabilities Project

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

CRS Vietnam supports the growth of inclusive education by encouraging enrollment of children with disabilities in regular schools and training teachers on inclusive education methods. CRS has developed a comprehensive model of inclusive education, vocational training and job placement for children and youth with disabilities. In the current Inclusion of Vietnamese With Disabilities project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development through 2010, CRS works with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education to expand inclusive education practices.

Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD)

RTI, University of Michigan, Rutgers University, North Carolina State University, and Associates in Rural Development

The project assists Liberia in equipping its young women and men for professional careers as leaders, managers, extension agents, researchers, and small business owners in agriculture and engineering.  EHELD works to build practical, experience-based, and labor market-aligned educational and research programs to prepare skilled professionals and help university faculty address the challenges of economic and infrastructure development. 

Education Reform Support Program (ERSP)

Creative Associates

Education has played a transformative role in the development of Jordan from an agrarian, subsistence economy to a predominantly urban, industrialized nation. With few natural resources at its disposal, Jordan has opted to develop its human capacity. To date, Jordan's record of educational development has been impressive. Jordan’s population has a very high literacy rate of 89 percent. In July 2003, the Government of Jordan launched the Education Reform for the Knowledge Economy initiative.

Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescent Girls


The Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) programme started in 2008 and is already making a difference in the lives of vulnerable Ugandan teenage girls and young women. Organised into 690 clubs for 13 to 22 year olds, the programme provides a safe place for them to socialise and take part in group activities as well as a forum for life-skills training. Many of the older members who are out of school have taken training in income-generating skills. Near the end of 2009, some began receiving microfinance loans and have launched their own businesses.

Education for Employment

IFC, Islamic Development Bank

The Arab World is overwhelmingly young with the highest youth unemployment in the world. Recent events across the region have amplified the social and economic disconnect between skills, jobs, and opportunity. Education for Employment (e4e) is an initiative headed by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Islamic Development Bank. Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is the Honorary Chair of this initiative, which is focused on positioning education as a major priority to drive improved employment prospects.

Regional Overview: Youth in Africa

The United Nations

This fact sheet was done as part of a series of fact sheets to support the International Year of Youth. It gives an overview of the state of youth in Africa, including education, employment, health, and participation in decisionmaking processes. It also includes a summary of the UN approach to youth in the region, as well as national efforts to create youth policies.

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