BLOG: Obama Hails Young Inquiring Minds at His Final White House Science Fair, April 2016

The New York Times

Six White House Science Fairs later, Obama hailed an amazing new collection of young minds yesterday. It’s been heartening to see how this administration, despite funding blockades by Republican lawmakers,  has never flagged in its push for better science education as a path to renewing a culture of innovation. (Substantial credit is almost assuredly due John P. Holdren, the president’s science adviser.)

BLOG: Is Technology Really Helping Youth to Progress, April 2016

The Commonwealth Youth Programme

Technology is progressively ingrained into our lives, slowly but surely replacing tasks that we once used to do on pen and paper. In education, technology is more and more becoming part and parcel of development and is a necessary requirement in the learning process. This huge reliance on technology, however, does not mean everyone is granted the same access to technology. Technology is part and parcel of everyday life, writes Juliana Chia, 24, a Correspondent from Singapore, who challenges youth to raise questions about inequality of access that puts some students at a disadvantage.

BLOG: Technology, Sound Record Keeping and Access to Finance Could be the Keys to Youth Unemployment in Kenya, March 2016

The World Bank

Youth in Kenya are experiencing much higher unemployment rates than the rest of the Kenyan population. In 2014, Munga and Onsomu, reported that youths aged 15-19 and 20-24 years had unemployment rates of 25% and 24%, respectively about double the overall unemployment of 12.7% for the entire working-age group. Despite this, the Kenya youth are slowly transitioning from the risk averse mentality; that is, one has to be employed and depend on a monthly income in order to earn a living.

BLOG: Tunisia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – Why Youth and Tech are Vital Elements, April 2016

Next Billion

In February, The New York Times reported on the state of joblessness and resulting desperation among educated young people in rural Tunisia. This was the same demographic that protested in 2010, overthrowing the Ben Ali regime and sparking the Arab Spring. Five years on, an arid employment landscape (62.3 percent of college graduates are without work, as are 37.6 percent of young people) have fueled renewed protests. And yet, despite promises from the current government, jobs have not arrived. The article ends with the mayor of provincial Kasserine lamenting silence from the capital: “No one comes here to trace a vision for the region.” 

REPORT: Launching a Generation of Global Problem Solvers, March 2016


We can use digitization along with the Internet of Everything (IoE) to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems— water scarcity, hunger, income inequality, environmental degradation, poverty, migration… and unemployment. Yet, with the wealth of opportunity digitization can bring, we live in a world of complex global challenges that deeply impact our society—from climate change to health and economic challenges. The challenge of unemployment looms large, especially among youth with an unemployment rate that is practically three times higher than that of adults. 

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BLOG: How a Switch to Competency-Based Hiring Could Help Solve the Youth Employment Crisis, February 2016

The Rockefeller Foundation and Innovate+Educate

What’s more, these strategies are proving to be good for business. Many bosses are reporting that “blind hiring reveals true talents and results in more diverse hires,” whereas traditional hiring practices allow managers to pick hires based on whom they’ve connected with personally, or who has the shiniest resume and pedigree—factors that fail to accurately predict job performance. As most companies know, the better the hire, the more likely the person is to stay at the company and perform at a high level, reducing costly turnover and repeat training.

Four Recommendations to Screen Low-Income Youth Into Formal Employment

Making Cents International

You have 100 formal employment jobs to fill with high-potential, disadvantaged youth and ten times the number of applicants. What to do? Recommendations include the importance of a well-defined candidate competency profile, Managing candidates’ expectations of both the training program and the nature of the job, Scaling up youth development models requires standardization of all operational processes and learning from peers can support organizations to quickly implement improvements to their screening processes

Can Digital Jobs Solve Africa's Unemployment Crisis?

Institute of Development Studies

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, a figure projected to double by 2045. As young people look to enter the workforce in Africa many are likely to face unemployment or underemployment, suffering from unsafe, insecure, part-time, poorly paid work. Industry analysts, government ministers and donors alike see information technology as contributing to African growth and as a major opportunity for employment for young people in the future.

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Knowledge Management Platform to Increase the Scale & Sustainability of Youth Economic Opportunity Programs: 2015 Results & 2016 Summit Sponsorship Information

Making Cents International

Meeting the needs of the global youth population requires evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable initiatives. In response, Making Cents International offers a demand-driven Knowledge Management (KM) platform that builds the capacity of youth development stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate high-impact youth economic opportunity programs, policies, and partnerships. The platform components are:

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Book Review: The Global Auction

Workforce Connections, FHI 360

“All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life and his relations with his kind.” -Marx, Engels

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