Global Development Incubator, YouthBuild International, Aspen Institute for Community Solutions
In many countries across the globe youth unemployment remains at critical levels. While we see progress with a diverse array of programmatic innovations, most interventions are not unable to scale up quickly enough to support rapidly growing working age populations and/or help young people develop relevant skills fast enough to meet private sector demand. How might collaborative, systems change strategies, supported by innovative finance, be deployed in key geographies to make a step-change in the scale and impact on youth unemployment and in a leaner, faster, and more coordinated way?
Opportunity International, Private Education Development Network
263 million children out of school, a ballooning under-15 population, and governments unable to keep pace with education demands. Education Finance plays a critical role in getting and keeping every child in school. Opportunity International (Opportunity) has been championing education finance for 10 years and disbursed more than 190,000 loans to schools and parents through profitable portfolios with minimal risk and high social impact. Opportunity's work with DFID's Girls' Education Challenge provides gender-neutral financial services for families and schools in Uganda.
International Rescue Committee (IRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Making Cents International
Six years into the Syrian war, Jordan hosts over 650,000 Syrian refugees, and nearly 15% are youth between the ages of 18 and 25. Syrian refugee youth, especially those living outside of refugee camps, face many challenges in Jordan, including limited educational and economic opportunities, discrimination, and lack of access to basic services.
IADB, Fundacion CAATEC, Freelancer.com
This session examined the opportunities and challenges for promoting Latin American youth participation in global online labor markets. It addressed key challenges such as identifying and developing skills that promote employability, as well as opportunities related to virtual labor migration and the mitigation of spatial mismatch between labor demand and supply.
International Republican Institute, EMPRO
The International Republican Institute (IRI) launched its citizen security program in Panama in 2015. The program focused on supporting local governments to find new ways to engage youth from at-risk and low-income communities to help develop solutions to citizen security and local development challenges.
MarketShare Associates, CARE USA, CARE Bangladesh
Early childbirth among married adolescent girls can be a key barrier to many economic development and youth empowerment programs reaching scale. Often, this issue is not considered in economic programming even though it is often a key constraint for girls and women in capitalizing on potential economic pathways. This presentation covers experiences on how to ensure early childbirth does not limit program success and how girls’ economic opportunities can be supported to reduce early childbirth.
Affinis Labs, Seeds of Peace
This presentation is situated at the intersection of conflict transformation and social innovation and explores the role of youth-led entrepreneurship to drive positive social impact in conflict affected settings. We hear insights from two different initiatives that are working in this space: the Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellowship, and Affinis Labs.
Catholic Relief Services, YouthPathways Project
"I am READY" is a cognitive behavioral curriculum specifically designed for use with at-risk youth in employability programs, incorporating both content as well as instructional delivery.
Ghana Friends, Youth Empowerment for Life, Alianca Empreendedora
How can resource-weak youth turn challenges for starting up businesses into opportunities based on their own resources? How can organisations promote an entrepreneurial and creative mindset that makes youth change makers? How can we measure low-income entrepreneurial behavior, considering the context of today?
Fundacion Espacio Publico, Fundación Capital, El Colegio de México, Canada´s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Espacio Público, an independent Chilean think tank, with the support and collaboration of IDRC and the IADB, has coordinated a research project on youth education and labor decisions in 9 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.