The positive economic impact of the Internet is well known. Mobile and Internet platforms have increased access to improved agriculture, education, health, and governance services by otherwise underserved communities. Beyond improving delivery of key social services, Information Communication Technology (ICT) is generating transformative growth – growth that creates sustainable pathways out of poverty.
In Emerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled World, Michael Bamberger and Linda Raftree review how ICT-enabled technologies are already being applied in program monitoring and survey research, for example in youth workforce development and education programming. They also review areas where ICTs are starting to be applied in program evaluation and identify new areas in which new technologies can potentially be applied.
The increasing prominence of the youth bulge in most urban areas presents a unique opportunity, as they represent the most dynamic human resource available. Their numbers today are larger than at any point in human history. Yet this group suffers the most from urban unemployment and often feels that they lack equal access to opportunities. This is especially acute in developing countries, which have a relatively youthful population that must be mobilised to realise greater economic and social development goals.
Workforce Connections brings together thinking across relevant disciplines including education, economic growth, and positive youth development. The aim is to build consensus over contextually appropriate and effective interventions, and provide guidance on measurement and evaluation of workforce development initiatives.
Child Trends will lead a two day consultative workshop to discuss core soft skills or competencies relevant for successful labor market outcomes in the context of international youth workforce development programs. (Invitation only, contact us for more information).
Hosted by President Bill Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton, the 10th Annual Meeting will bring CGI members together under the 2014 theme of Reimagining Impact to facilitate the development of forward-thinking approaches that re-envision the way we impact the world.
Nicholas Kristof, Columnist and Author, The New York Times
The global labour market situation remains uneven and fragile. True, there are encouraging signs of economic recovery in those advanced economies most affected by the global financial crisis which erupted in 2008. Also, a number of emerging and developing countries − including recently in Sub-Saharan Africa − are enjoying relatively robust economic growth. The world economy may thus be growing somewhat faster than over the past three years.