FULL LIST OF YOUTH

BLOG: New Qualifications Help Young Ghanaians Access Jobs in Construction

The MasterCard Foundation

Twenty-seven percent* of out-of-school youth in Ghana are unemployed. Yet the World Bank estimates that Ghana’s construction sector needs 60,000 more artisans and tradespeople – and that’s set to rise to 250,000 by 2020. So what’s stopping young people from making the most of job opportunities in construction?

REPORT: Key Soft Skills for Cross-Sectoral Youth Outcomes

FHI 360, YouthPower Action

A growing body of evidence recognizes the importance of soft skills in predicting long-term life outcomes, including labor market outcomes as well as social and health behaviors (Heckman et al, 2006; Kautz et al., 2014). Soft skills refer to a broad set of skills, behaviors, and personal qualities that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, relate well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals. These skills are applicable across sectors and complement the acquisition of other skills such as technical and academic skills. Although the returns to cognitive and technical skills have long been recognized, recent literature suggests that soft skills rival cognitive skills in their ability to predict positive outcomes. Moreover, evidence suggests that soft skills are more malleable than cognitive skills among adolescents and youth adults (Heckman et al., 2006; Kautz et al., 2014).

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BLOG: Four Work Experience Programs That Lead To Paying Jobs

Forbes

Young people today face an excruciating paradox when entering the workforce. After spending years obtaining the necessary training and accreditation for potential careers, they’re shut out from entry-level jobs because they lack “work experience”. It’s a ridiculous blocker because what person really has any relevant “work experience” straight out of school? I’ve seen the frustration in many young people who have worked hard to achieve good grades and have racked up countless hours volunteering, interning, or donating their skills to hopefully one day bridge their efforts toward paid work. Time and time again those young workers are told that the experience accrued is still not enough.

REPORT: Exploring the Linkages Between Youth Financial Inclusion and Job Creation, Dec 2016

The MasterCard Foundation & International Labor Organization

With youth demographic bulges, existing high levels of youth underutilization and limited job creation occurring in many developing countries, governments and development actors are actively exploring new approaches to enabling youth to obtain sustainable livelihoods. There is a growing consensus that increasing the ability of youth to access financial services and strengthening their ability to use these services for their future life needs can play a direct role in supporting the transition to employment and better livelihoods. This report seeks to determine the extent to which this consensus is borne out in practice.

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Report

FORUM: Turkey Europe Future Forum 2017 in Turkey, July 2017

Marketing & Promotions Concept International (MPC)

Applications are open for Turkey Europe Future Forum 2017, organized by Mercator Program Center for International Affairs (MPC) in cooperation with TÜSİAD and funded by Stiftung Mercator. The objective of the eight-day Forum is to strengthen the ties between young leaders from Turkey and Europe with a view to leveraging European discourse and creating a network based on mutual trust. The 3rd Turkey Europe Future Forum will take place from July 2nd to 9th, 2017 in Izmir and Istanbul.

FELLOWSHIP: Yale Fox International Fellowship, Dec 2016

Yale Fox International

The goal of the Fox International Fellowship is to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries by promoting international scholarly exchanges and collaborations among the next generation of leaders. To accomplish this goal, the program seeks to identify and nurture those students who are interested in harnessing scholarly knowledge to respond to the world’s most pressing challenges. For these reasons, we especially welcome students enrolled in the social sciences and kindred disciplines in the professional schools. 

NEWS: UNAI Launches Digital Discussion Series with Young Legislators Who Prove They’re Not Too Young to Run, Dec 2016

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

Our inaugural podcast looks at the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign, a movement spearheaded by a coalition of partners which includes UNDPOHCHR, the European Youth Forum, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth & Advancement. The Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth's office has played a key role in initiating and launching the global campaign to promote the rights of young people running for public office, with a special focus on combating age discrimination. 

BLOG: The Unlikely Evidence Gap in Youth Livelihoods Work, Dec 2016

Devex

Not according to a report published in August by the International Youth Foundation and Center for Strategic and International Studies, titled “Urgent and Important: Measuring Investments in Youth Economic Opportunity.” The report found there is “virtually no data” on how much global donors are investing in youth economic opportunity: Spending in this area is rarely categorized as such and is often embedded in larger projects, meaning few donors provide specific numbers. A rare exception, said Ritu Sharma, a senior visiting fellow at IYF/CSIS and co-author of the report, is Citi Foundation, which reports spending $30 million in 2015 on youth economic opportunity programs.

NEWS: Ashesi and The MasterCard Foundation Renew Scholars Program Partnership, Dec 2016

Ashesi University College & The MasterCard Foundation

Berekuso, Ghana, November 18, 2016 – Ashesi University College’s commitment to educating Africa’s next generation of ethical leaders was bolstered today with an additional $25.5 million commitment from The MasterCard Foundation. What was initially envisioned as a commitment to support the education of 200 bright young African leaders as part of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program has been expanded to include an additional 240 students.

BLOG: Ushering in a New Era for Jobs and Economic Transformation Through IDA18, Dec 2016

The World Bank

On December 14th and 15th donor and borrower country representatives of the World Bank Group will meet in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to finalize details for the 18th replenishment of IDA. The final agreement on IDA18 is expected to usher in a new era for IDA, the Bank’s fund for the poorest, dramatically increasing the level of financing and the potential for impact on development for the world’s poorest countries.

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