How Policymakers Can Boost Youth Employment

Manpower Group

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that nearly 75 million young people are unemployed in the world today. This number has increased by more than 4 million since the financial crisis of 2008-9, and the outlook for the medium term is worsening. The global youth unemployment rate is 12.7 percent in 2012, and the ILO projects that it is likely to rise to 12.9 percent by 2017.2

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Monitoring and measuring the results of interventions related to technical and vocational education and training and the labour market A guideline for practitioners


Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has been an important area of intervention in German development policy for many years. As part of integrated education systems TVET contributes significantly to improving the living conditions in our partner countries, both at an individual and a societal level.

Engaging the Private Sector in Skills Development¸ Guidance Note/A DFID practice paper

Department for International Development (DFID)

This guidance note provides information on how the private sector can become involved in skills development; it identifies the contribution the private sector can make to increase both the quality and quantity of provision, complementing as well as challenging state provision. The note outlines the benefits of engaging the private sector and how that can complement the role of the public sector.

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Education: Opportunity through Learning. USAID Education Strategy (2011-2015)


In late 2010,USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah commissioned a new Agencywide Education Strategy to ensure that USAID’s global education investments would be informed by recent Presidential policy guidance; grounded in the most current evidencebased analysis of educational effectiveness; and aimed at maximizing the impact and sustainability of development results. This 20112015 Education Strategy was created to reflect these core principles.

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Workforce Development in Developing Countries: A Framework for Benchmarking

Human Development Network, World Bank

This paper articulates a framework and approach to support the World Bank’s assistance to its partner countries with regard to the challenges of workforce development.3 The broader concept is the World Bank’s Skills toward Employability and Productivity4 framework which sets forth a holistic model encompassing five components for human development to support economic and social progress: (a) starting right in early childhood; (b) laying a strong foundation in basic and secondary education; (c) building and upgrading job-relevant skills; (d) fostering innovation and entrepreneurship; and (e)

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Eight Proposals for a Strengthened Focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Education for All (EFA) Agenda

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

These eight proposals derive from several bodies of work on skills development which have been completed in the last 3 years. They seek to avoid merely summarizing this work, but to extract from it, for this discussion on skills development, some new ways of thinking about the topic, some priority areas and neglected issues, key topics, as well as data and research needs. The work reviewed includes the valuable section in GMR 2010 (pp.

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Competition Launch: What's Working?

YEN Marketplace, Making Cents International

Youth employment is now a priority in most regions of the world. There is growing focus and investment on youth employment programs, but at the moment there is limited evidence on what works, which leads to low impact and wasted resources. According to the World Bank, as much as 40% of youth employment projects have no impact on labour market outcomes for youth.

The Jobs Knowledge Platform Launches Youth Employment Videos

Jobs Knowledge Platform, World Bank

Young people from around the world share their thoughts on what a job means to them, and how they would alleviate youth unemployment.

Liberia Upgrading Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH)


An integrated approach to improving food security

Call for Resources: AIYD Resource Library

Alliance for International Youth Development

The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) is please to announce the upcoming launch of its brand new website. Available to members and non-members, AIYD wants your reports, policy papers, and guides for youth development to be featured in AIYD’s online Resource Library!

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