World Economic Forum
Over 100 years ago, Napoleon reportedly said of China: “Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world.” In light of China’s rapid economic growth in the 21st century, the French general’s view seems justified. Although it still has deep developmental gaps, China has made rapid progress to become the world’s second largest economy as well as the world’s workshop – filling every corner of the globe with an amazing range of products.
Internatinoal Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Tanzania is currently facing an undeniable challenge: there are few girls in the information and communication technology (ICT) field, and those who want to join the field often opt instead for roles that commonly have limited vacancies, like doctor’s positions. This leads to a scarcity of female role models who have thrived in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and ICT.
With its rich oil and gas deposits, Algeria has long been able to sidestep many of the social and economic challenges facing other North African nations. But as oil prices drop and the youth population grows, young Algerians are feeling the pressure: On average, 1 in 4 Algerian youth is unemployed; among college grads, the jobless rate is close to twice the national average.
The Rockefeller Foundation
The process of implementing developmental evaluation for The Rockefeller Foundation’s youthdigital employment initiative yielded some valuable lessons which could be of benefit to the evaluation community, particularly evaluation practitioners and managers. This paper presents those lessons, including the challenges the evaluation team faced, the solutions it brokered, and the insights to be applied in the future.
Center for Work Ethic Development, Georgetown
As the economy becomes increasingly automated, employment skills for both blue and white collar jobs must evolve to keep up. So-called “21st-century skills” learning rotates away from hard STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and incorporates soft skills to augment the progression of technology.
The old vision of employment with hundreds streaming through factory gates at 6:30 am is giving way to gigs. Work is changing. What firms need and employees want may remain the same, but how to get it and pay for it is evolving, so the State, trade unions should re-jig in line with job market and labour force reality.
Brookings & World Bank
The threat of automation implies a race between education and technology. In most developing countries, education systems are not providing workers with the skills necessary to compete in today’s job markets. The growing mismatch between the demand and supply of skills holds back economic growth and undermines opportunity. At the same time, the returns to schooling are high in most developing countries, and growing skill premiums are evident in much of the world.
Global Center for Youth Employment & Banyan Global
Youth unemployment remains a major development challenge around the world. Many developing economies simply cannot create enough jobs to absorb the new entrants into the labor market every year, especially when those individuals are low-educated youth. At the same time, in developed and emerging markets, technological advances are destroying more than 7 million entry- and mid-level jobs over the next 5 years, as predicted in a recent study by the World Economic Forum.
The MasterCard Foundation
Today, some measure of computer and technology skills are critical to nearly every occupation. In order to prepare for the demands of the modern work force, young people need and expect the opportunity to acquire those skills during their schooling.
Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and RTI International
This curriculum presents an approach for introducing young people to LinkedIn and other digital professional networks, to help them understand the multiple functions of the sites (signaling, networking, labor market information) and develop the habit of using such tools throughout their careers. This curriculum was developed by RTI International and Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa and is calibrated for a short training course, such as Harambee’s 8-week training programs, though it could be easily adapted for short or longer training experiences.