The United Nations
This fact sheet discusses youth employment.
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
As HIV prevalence continues to rise globally among girls and young women, the need to develop effective prevention and mitigation strategies for this population is urgent. This paper draws on the published and grey literature related to HIV and girls and young women, and economic empowerment programs among adult women, young women and girls to address the following key questions:
Why focus on girls? Why are girls and young women particularly vulnerable to HIV? How does economic vulnerability intersect with gender inequality to exacerbate HIV risk and vulnerability?
What is economic empowerment? Through what pathways might economic empowerment contribute to HIV risk reduction among girls and young women?
To what extent are girls currently being reached by combined economic empowerment and HIV programs?
This paper provided the background for the meeting, Emerging Insights on Economic Empowerment and HIV Interventions for Girls and Young Women, convened by ICRW with support from the Nike Foundation.
Speech by IFAD President at the African Amicale and United Nations Women’s Guild African Group: Africa Week Celebrations - Ensuring a sustainable future for youth in Africa
OECD LEED, Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance
Very often becoming an entrepreneur is the result of a personal decision making process including assessments of opportunities and their costs (being employed, being unemployed, being one’s own boss), risk-reward relationships (what is at stake), and others. Values, beliefs and behaviours, embedded in the culture of a country and a place, influence this decision.
The World Bank Group
This note argues that investing in children and youth (C&Y) is smart economics. Countries that produce a skilled, healthy, and productive workforce are better positioned in the global economy to achieve economic prosperity, political stability, and social wellbeing. Since capacities built during childhood and the youth period largely determine adult outcomes, effective investments in young people provide important returns not only to the individual and the community, but to society as a whole.
Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis
Economic socialization and the institutional theory of saving offer different accounts for why adolescents' savings predicts savings in young adulthood. Economic socialization theory emphasizes the role that the family plays in whether or not youth develop a future time orientation and a habit of saving. Conversely, an institutional theory is built on the premise that acquisition of financial knowledge and resources are strongly influenced by structural failures related to social class and race. Using longitudinal data (N = 694) from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and its supplements, this paper asks whether having savings as an adolescent (ages 13 to 17) predicts having savings as a young adult (ages 18 to 22). Policy implications are discussed using both approaches and conclusions are drawn about how the approaches can be combined to create a saving intervention for adolescents.
MIDDLE EAST YOUTH INITIATIVE, Wolfensohn Center for Development, Dubai School of Government
Iran’s young men and women face serious challenges in their transitions to employment and marriage. We study the factors that affect these transitions using the 2005 School to Work Transition Survey (SWTS). As this survey contains detailed retrospective data of education, employment, and marital outcomes for youth ages 15-29, it provides a new and valuable tool for exploring the challenges facing these youth.
In this blog, Schumpeter argues that entrepreneurship may be the solution for high youth unemployment around the globe, and especially in the Middle East.
FHI 360, Making Cents International, and CHF International
This brief presents ESAF’s activities and results according to three thematic areas:
Consumer Awareness and Financial Literacy
The SEEP Network, Enlace, XacBank, XacBank
This toolkit was developed by Enlace and XacBank as part of The SEEP Network’s Innovations in Youth Financial Services Practitioner Learning Program (PLP), in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. The purpose of this toolkit is to explore key differences in marketing financial services to youth as compared to adults and to provide tools for practitioners looking to scale up their services through marketing. The objective of this toolkit is to help organizations think through how to effectively market to youth in three critical stages—design, implementation, and evaluation—to reach more young clients in different market segments with innovative financial products and services.