Endogenous Skill Acquisition and Export Manufacturing in Mexico

Yale University

Studies based on firm-level data find that both exporting firms and multinational corporations pay higher wages for a given skill level. The author of this study, however, uses the case of Mexico to support his thesis that the existence of export manufacturing firms in the developing world deleteriously affects the educational choices of local youth. The author finds that these relatively high-paying jobs disincentivize youth from pursuing further education and graduating to higher skill levels that would ultimately be more lucrative.

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Bridge the Gap (BTG)

Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)'s Bridge the Gap (BTG) project goal is to improve the teaching and learning of Mathematics. Specific objectives to reach this goal are to: i. Improve the academic performance in mathematics of students in the target areas. ii. Increase the number of pupils with a positive opinion of Math at primary school. iii. Improve teacher’s interest in Math at primary and secondary schools. iv. Improve instruction and teaching methods/techniques.

Stories of Change Vol. 2: Youth Making A Difference

Ashoka’s Youth Venture

Stories of Change is Ashoka’s electronic book series. This volume, meant to provide inspiration to both youth and the practitioners who serve them, offers the stories of ten young “changemakers” from around the world.

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Growth and Employment: Visions at Work

Africa Commission

The Africa Commission presents a progress report on the work that has been done by the Africa Commission to realize its goals to focus their development agenda towards Africa with the creation of decent jobs for the growing African youth population, as described in its ‘Copenhagen Statement’. This report also includes a number of key-note articles by commissioners and other prominent persons on matters of concern to Africa and the Africa Commission, as well as shorter articles sharing some relevant experience and lessons learned.

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Can advocacy lead to economic security for adolescent girls?

Adolescent Girls' Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI)

Blog #2 in a special series for the 2012 Youth Economic Opportunities Conference
September 11-13, 2012 | Washington, DC

Can advocacy lead to economic security for adolescent girls? Lessons learned from the Adolescent Girls' Advocacy & Leadership Initiative.

Children and Change 2011: Children and Enterprise


This annual report focuses on the theme of enterprise, and attempts to document the different ways that enterprise has been integrated in ten of Aflatoun’s programs. The cases show that enterprise is flexible and not prescriptive, and that it can be adapted to meet organizational needs and demands.

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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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