In early 2012, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) published a landmark report entitled, “Investing in a Youth Dividend: An analysis of donor strategies for youth and livelihoods in conflict and crisis.”
The International Rescue Committee is pleased to hold a special session at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference to engage donors featured in the report to discuss future plans and commitments for youth and livelihoods programming.
In recent years, there has been growing donor momentum around youth-focused programming with a focus on the role of youth in social, economic and political development, especially in conflict-affected countries. However, there is a lack of detailed information about donor policies and strategies and whether and how these strategies have been matched by an increase in funding and specific programming to meet youth needs.
This report summarizes the lessons learned and makes recommendations for the IDEJEN project as it moved from a pilot phase with 650 youth to a large-scale national project serving 13,000 youth. It examines the following aspects of the project: developing a knowledge base, informal basic education, life skills, technical/ vocational training, livelihood accompaniment, capacity-building of local organizations, monitoring and evaluation, and partnerships.
This report assesses the extent to which a promising and extensively implemented life skills education program—the Better Life Options program for adolescent girls in India — can empower adolescent girls and address the vulnerabilities they face. In particular, the project sought to assess the extent to which participation in the intervention program enhanced girls’ awareness of sexual and reproductive health matters; built agency in terms of mobility, decision-making and sense of self-worth; fostered egalitarian gender role attitudes; developed vocational skills and future work aspirations; influenced perceptions about marriage and their ability to negotiate marriage-related decisions; and succeeded in delaying marriage and first pregnancy.
Funded by USAID, Pathfinder's FORSA project, which means 'opportunity' in Arabic, is working to provide immediate job opportunities for young men and women in rural areas. These youth will support improved health information, health-seeking behavior, and access to quality health services for Egypt's most vulnerable populations. FORSA is also working to build the capacity of women and provide them with in-kind support to start their own microenterprises, thus helping alleviate poverty.
TheGarissa YouthProject (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
PAJE-Nièta (Projet d’Appui aux Jeunes Entrepreneurs or Support to Youth Entrepreneurs Project) is a five-year youth development initiative funded by USAID/Mali’s Basic Education and Accelerated Economic Growth divisions. The project works to provide 10,000 rural, out-of-school youth with improved basic education, work readiness and technical training, social and leadership development, and accompaniment towards livelihood activities. Nièta means "progress" in Bambara, a Malian language.
The Iraqi Youth Initiative is a new private sector initiative designed by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create employment opportunities for young Iraqis was initiated this week by the USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program. The project hopes to expose young Iraqis living in underserved or impoverished areas to essential business skills and entrepreneurial opportunities.
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.
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.