According to the recently released United Nations report (“World Urbanization Prospects”), more than half of humanity now lives in cities. Today, 54% of the world’s population, 3.9 billion people, resides in urban areas, compared to only 30% back in 1950. The report predicts that cities will add an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, with nearly 90% of this increase happening in Asia and Africa.
This year’s Workforce Development Track of the Making Cents conference saw more than a tenfold increase in proposal submissions and will feature a record number of panelists across nine distinct workforce themed panels. The lineup of proposals and participants provides terrific insight into the range and diversity of workforce issues that the development community and countries at large are grappling with, including public private partnerships, work-based learning interventions, soft-skills measurement, technology applications, career development practices and mentorship programs.
My name is Matthew French and I work for JBS International, Inc. This blog draws upon research conducted under contract with USAID’s office of Education (read the full youth engagement report here), as well as my own experiences working with young people.
Making Cents International, International Development Research Centre, National Scientific & Technical Research Council, FLASCO Costa Rica, Fundacion Salvador del Mundo (FUSALMO)
Five of the top countries in the world with the highest youth homicide rates are in Latin America and the Caribbean. Violence impact youth opportunities. On the one hand, violence negatively affects economies, education and employment. On the other, youth are overrepresented in crime statistics, both as perpetrators and as victims of violence. The cross road between youth, violence and economic opportunities has become a policy priority.
Showcase your work globally! This photo contest provides you, as a young changemaker, a global platform to show the impact of your changemaking activities. We will award ten prizes to the best photos that demonstrate how your work creates a positive impact in your community.
We are looking for creative and high-quality photos that tell a powerful story of how you are achieving impact in your community, however you define that community—your neighborhood, your district, your school or university, your country….or the planet.
World Bank to invest $1 billion to boost job prospects for young people in alignment with Generation Unlimited
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 – The World Bank and UNICEF announced a new commitment to promote education, skills and training for young people in developing countries with the goal of boosting their employment prospects.