The 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference program is now available for you to review. The 2013 event will contain two Spotlights: "Opportunities for Rural Youth"focuses on how to support youth in rural areas. "Power of Technology" showcases how to utilize technology in your programming. The conference will take place September 10-12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Click here to view the interactive program. The 2013 “State of the Field” Publication is also available online. Click here to access the latest publication.
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Sep 10, 2013 (All day) to Sep 12, 2013 (All day)
The annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference is the premier learning event for practitioners, policy-makers, funders, private sector companies, technical assistance providers, researchers, educators, government representatives, and youth leaders working to increase economic opportunities for young people.
The Digital Jobs: Building Skills for the Future report introduces a new initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, Digital Jobs Africa. The initiative will support youth with limited employment opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA to access digital job opportunities, "while building and refining transferable skills that make them resilient in the future economy."
This call for action and resolution issued by the ILO succinctly states the dire circumstances facing global youth. Noting that nearly 75 million young people are out of work, 6 million gave up looking for work, and recognizing the long-term effects of youth unemployment and underemployment, the ILO issued this call for action in 2012.
This case study examines the challenges that Save the Children and Fondation Zakoura Micro-Crédit (Zakoura) faced in implementing a USAID-funded financial services program for youth. It examines the institutional, local market, and programmatic difficulties encountered.
From 2006–2009, Save the Children and Zakoura partnered to implement a youth financial services and livelihoods promotion project called Linking Youth with Knowledge and Opportunities in Microfinance (LYKOM). The program included financial and business literacy training, savings promotion, and access to credit for youth businesses. LYKOM faced many program level challenges in areas such as human resources, institutional frustrations, partnership, communication, and the enabling environment. Lessons learned about youth financial services include:
Entrepreneurship training is important for many, but not all youth;
Young people need support in developing realistic goals and growth plans;
Family engagement is critical;
MFIs may need to adjust staffing structures to effectively provide youth services;
This paper reviews the situation of rural youth in developing countries and presents options for improving their livelihoods in the face of the many growing challenges they face. The main geographical focus is sub-Saharan Africa and the Near East and North Africa.
A webinar which brings together different stakeholders involved in a recent Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation programme. The panel includes girl beneficiaries and programme implementors from Uganda and Guartemala as well as trainer and donor representatives.
Watch Janet Longmore, President and CEO of Digital Opportunities Trust (DOT), explain her company's strategy for equipping youth to act as agents of change within their communities in developing countries and emerging markets. Janet goes in depth regarding the importance of engaging young entrepreneurs with technology and which technology is emerging as the top platforms to use in the field. She also points out the need for the development community at large needs to adopt and embrace technology in order to work effectively in today's constantly changing world.
Youth Programming Approach: Overcoming Gender Barriers in South Asia was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Creative strategies for ensuring training, job placement and other services that respond to the unique needs of women are discussed.