In many developed countries, technologies such as mobile phones, computers and the internet are routinely used by young people in education and employment. Most young people are enthusiastic about technology and the benefits it can bring.
Understanding Children’s Work (UCW) Programme
Overcoming the related challenges of child labour and the lack of decent work opportunities for youth will be critical to Rwanda’s progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The effects of child labour and poor youth employment outcomes are well-documented: both can lead to social vulnerability and societal marginalisation, and both can permanently impair productive potential and therefore influence lifetime patterns of employment and pay.
These wiki pages codify good practice in value chain development drawing from research conducted under the leadership of the USAID Microenterprise Development team by the ACDI/VOCA AMAP BDS consortium and many other contributing organizations, academics and institutions. This section focuses on a value chain approach with at-risk youth.
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
This paper examines the role of finance in the lives of low-income youth with a focus on the opportunities and challenges of offering them savings services. The opportunities and challenges presented, from the perspectives of policy makers and financial service providers, are not necessarily all proven, but rather potential or possible. This is because both the state of practice and the body of evidence on youth savings is still emerging. Throughout, we share examples of the progress of experimental work that is ongoing. Youth are primarily adolescents who are 10–19 years old, though some examples use different definitions.
This article in the Financial Times discusses the importance of youth voices in international development.
London School of Economics, World Bank Group, University College London
In this paper, the authors analyze factors that contribute or detract from adolescent girls’ intention to participate in training programs in Uganda. The authors focus on BRAC’s Adolescent Development Program, which emphasizes the provision of life skills, entrepreneurship training, and microfinance.
Global Learn Asia Pacific
This paper discusses the impact of a workshop titled Finance for Youth: Financial Liberty through Financial Literacy, given under the UNESCO Participation Program for Biennium 2008-2009.The workshop was designed to empower a group of 33 youth from targeted low-income families in Malaysia
Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), Institute for Development Studies
This paper examines the constraints on young Nigerians looking for employment and explores entrepreneurship programs as a potential short-term intervention to reducing these constraints.
Middle East Youth Initiative
In this paper, the authors examine the transition from school to work and the transition to marriage among young men with at least a secondary education in Egypt. The authors pay particular attention to how the first transition affects the second.
Middle East Youth Initiative
Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East region and one of the poorest in the world. Its population, already overwhelmingly young, is expanding rapidly, creating an explosion in the number of youth aged 15 to 29. In this paper, the authors identify processes through which many Yemeni youth are excluded from the opportunity to become productive adults and positive contributors to society. They present evidence that many youth face social exclusion, whereby they are cut off from the resources and institutions that could assist them in their transition to adulthood.