Close Up on Young Rural People's Economic Empowerment


As part of the NEN Close Up series, the Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia Division hosted a knowledge sharing event on rural youth and economic empowerment in the Near East and North Africa. Through a regional grant, IFAD is partnering with Making Cents International, a social enterprise based in Washington DC, and Silatech, a social initiative working to create opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world, to help increase the employment and self-employment opportunities of more than 18,000 young people of ages 15-35.

Job Creation and Local Economic Development

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development LEED Program

This publication highlights new evidence on policies to support job creation, bringing together the latest research on labour market, entrepreneurship and local economic development policy to help governments support job creation in the recovery. It  also includes  a set of country pages featuring, among other things, new data on skills supply and demand at the level of smaller OECD regions (TL3).

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YSEALI Generation: Power of Human Capital Workshop (Singapore)

U.S. State Department, Count Me In, Making Cents International
Dec 3, 2014 (All day) to Dec 7, 2014 (All day)
YSEALI Background
Recognizing that over 65 percent of the population in Southeast Asia is under the age of 35, the White House launched the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) in December 2013 to augment leadership development and networking in the 10 ASEAN countries; deepen engagement with young leaders across critical sectors; and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and young leaders across the region.

Effective Models & Approaches to Creating Mentoring Programs

Mentoring International

In the session, "Effective Models & Approaches to Creating Mentoring Programs in Different Contexts," at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, participants had the opportunity to explore the relationship between mentorship, gender, and economic opportunity and discuss various practices (e.g. peer-to-peer, inter-generational, co-gender, online) that have proven to be effective in diverse contexts and with various youth populations.

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A Push for Youth Policy

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Skills Mismatch in Europe

International Labor Organization
ILO reveals substantial skills mismatch in Europe
New ILO study calls on governments and social partners in Europe to provide workers with skills that match those demanded by employers.
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No Jobs without Experience, No Experience without Jobs… Stepping out of the Catch-22

Education for Employment, Microsoft Corporation, NetHope Academy, Koru

How do young people get their first job if every employer requires work experience? It's a classic catch-22. At the Workforce Development session "No Jobs without Experience, No Experience without Jobs: Stepping out of the Catch-22," at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Taleb Salhab from Education for Employment, Yvonne Thomas from Microsoft, Lisa Obradobich from NetHope Academy and Kristen Hamilton from Koru discussed how providing innovative internships programs is a way to solve the problem.

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Collaborating with the Private Sector in the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Sectors

Akilah Institute for Women

Private sector collaboration has provided to have many benefits as it can increase speed and cost efficiency of projects, alleviate capacity constraints, and add value to a project by providing diverse knowledge and expertise. In the drive to increase opportunities for formal employment for unemployed youth, NGOs have begun to collaborate with the private sector to create practical strategies in improving youth employment outcomes in projects.

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Activism in a New Digial Landscape


2013 was the first year in history that digital media overtook TV as the primary global channel for media consumption. In this presentation, Kaiya Waddell and Chase Mohney of Facebook discuss how the rapid proliferation of mobile technology has been the driver for this change in media, resulting in the need for corresponding changes in successful marketing and organizing. Theywalk through the major components of these changes, with a focus on how to think about content creation and tools for impactful activism.

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