Kathmandu: A Dramatic Setting for First PLP Training on Youth Financial Services


Kathmandu, located high in the Himalayas in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal, recently provided a dramatic setting for the first of four training sessions on youth financial services provided as part of SEEP’s Reaching Scale in Youth Financial Services Practitioner Learning Program (PLP), which started 2.5 years ago.

How Policymakers Can Boost Youth Employment

Manpower Group

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that nearly 75 million young people are unemployed in the world today. This number has increased by more than 4 million since the financial crisis of 2008-9, and the outlook for the medium term is worsening. The global youth unemployment rate is 12.7 percent in 2012, and the ILO projects that it is likely to rise to 12.9 percent by 2017.2

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Eight Proposals for a Strengthened Focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Education for All (EFA) Agenda

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

These eight proposals derive from several bodies of work on skills development which have been completed in the last 3 years. They seek to avoid merely summarizing this work, but to extract from it, for this discussion on skills development, some new ways of thinking about the topic, some priority areas and neglected issues, key topics, as well as data and research needs. The work reviewed includes the valuable section in GMR 2010 (pp.

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Income Generating Program


Ujima asks a lot of its trainees, but has incorporated the importance of standing on your own two feet also for itself. Each training centre is linked to an income generating guesthouse. The guesthouses offer job exposure to trainees, but also generate the income needed to offer the training programme for free to its trainees.

The self-reliance concept is so important to Ujima that it is incorporated in its logo:
The best support is self-support!

Project Shakti - Life Skills Education for Out of School Adolescents

Urivi Vikram Charitable Trust

Shakti is a Hindi word, the literary meaning of which in English is Power. The objective of this project is to empower the dropouts and the under-achiever adolescents psychologically to make them well equipped in Life Skills. It is to motivate and reorient them towards a meaningful vocation, develop their personality and provide them guidance and support in vocational careers according to their aptitude and abilities. The methodology of training is participatory and primarily activity-based.

World Council of Credit Unions Network

World Council of Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation.

Business Labs

Young Americas Business Trust

The concept of the Business Labs emerged from a Trinidadian project undertaken by the Organization of American States, the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of Education thought that the way in which schools utilize laboratories to provide practical experience in the areas of science, could be applied to business education, thus adding a new dimension to the current theoretical approach.

Lessons Learned from Moving the Haitian Out-Of-School Youth Livelihood Initiative (IDEJEN) Beyond the Pilot Phase

Education Development Center

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.

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Children and Change 2011: Children and Enterprise


This annual report focuses on the theme of enterprise, and attempts to document the different ways that enterprise has been integrated in ten of Aflatoun’s programs. The cases show that enterprise is flexible and not prescriptive, and that it can be adapted to meet organizational needs and demands.

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A Ganar

Partners of the Americas

Led by Partners of the Americas, A Ganar (Vencer in Brazil) is a youth workforce development program wrapped up in a soccer ball. By utilizing soccer and other team sports to help youth in Latin America, ages 16-24, find jobs, learn entrepreneurial skills, or re-enter the formal education system, A Ganar combats the serious problem of youth unemployment.