As part of the NEN Close Up series, the Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia Division hosted a knowledge sharing event on rural youth and economic empowerment in the Near East and North Africa. Through a regional grant, IFAD is partnering with Making Cents International, a social enterprise based in Washington DC, and Silatech, a social initiative working to create opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world, to help increase the employment and self-employment opportunities of more than 18,000 young people of ages 15-35.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development LEED Program
This publication highlights new evidence on policies to support job creation, bringing together the latest research on labour market, entrepreneurship and local economic development policy to help governments support job creation in the recovery. It also includes a set of country pages featuring, among other things, new data on skills supply and demand at the level of smaller OECD regions (TL3).
The MasterCard Foundation and The Boulder Institute of Microfinance
As a follow-up to The MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion held this past July in Turin, in association with the Boulder Institute of Microfinance, the 2014 Post-Symposium Report has been released, which highlights key sessions and takeaways from the event.
Private sector collaboration has provided to have many benefits as it can increase speed and cost efficiency of projects, alleviate capacity constraints, and add value to a project by providing diverse knowledge and expertise. In the drive to increase opportunities for formal employment for unemployed youth, NGOs have begun to collaborate with the private sector to create practical strategies in improving youth employment outcomes in projects.
From Asia to the Americas, mobile phone use is booming- especially among youth. But how-and when- will using mobiles in your youth workforce development projects contribute to your project's success? At the Workforce Development session "Going Mobile: Five Steps to Achieving Scale, Impact and Sustainability," at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Jacob Korenblum, CEO and Co-Founder of Souktel Inc., outlines 5 easy ways to incorporate mobile and web applications into livelihoods project design, along with providing key steps for evaluating these tech-based interventions.