Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference

Making Cents International's Collaborative Learning and Action
Sep 10, 2013 (All day) to Sep 12, 2013 (All day)

The annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference is the premier learning event for practitioners, policy-makers, funders, private sector companies, technical assistance providers, researchers, educators, government representatives, and youth leaders working to increase economic opportunities for young people.


Digital Jobs: Building Skills for the Future

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Digital Jobs: Building Skills for the Future report introduces a new initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, Digital Jobs Africa. The initiative will support youth with limited employment opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA to access digital job opportunities, "while building and refining transferable skills that make them resilient in the future economy." 

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The Youth Employment Crisis: A call for action


This call for action and resolution issued by the ILO succinctly states the dire circumstances facing global youth. Noting that nearly 75 million young people are out of work, 6 million gave up looking for work, and recognizing the long-term effects of youth unemployment and underemployment, the ILO issued this call for action in 2012.

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Business Start-up Centres in the Western Balkans

360° Responsibility; SPARK

This case study details a large part of SPARK’s work in the Western Balkans during the years 2006-2010. SPARK is a young, enthusiastic development organisation focusing on building the capacity of partner organisations in fragile states so they can develop entrepreneurship amongst youth. This should lead to new enterprises and growth of existing enterprises. In five countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro) SPARK has set up Business Start-up Centres (BSCs) with the aid of local civil society stakeholders such as municipalities, universities, chambers of commerce, business associations and other relevant parties. More than 10,000 youth followed business skills training, ranging from administrative courses to business plan writing, leading to improvaed participant business skills. Read the case study to discover the key lessons learned. 

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Focus on Young People! ILO launches global photo contest "WORK4YOUTH"

International Labour Organization

The ILO Youth Employment Programme is organizing a photo contest to shed light on youth employment issues, the challenges young people face in the workplace as well as their power to overcome them.

The ILO Youth Employment Programme is launching a photo contest focusing on young people at work. The photo contest has been organized in partnership with the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe in Budapest, and financed by The MasterCard Foundation.

UN-Habitat launches call for Urban Youth Fund applications


This fund promotes the poverty reduction aims of Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda for better, more sustainable and equitable towns and cities throughout the developing world. It provides grants of up to $25,000 for new ideas and solutions for job creation, good governance, adequate shelter and secure tenure.

Global Employment Trends 2013: Recovering from a Second Jobs Dip

International Labour Organization

Five years after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, the study offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment. It also presents a number of policy considerations in light of the new challenges facing policy makers in the coming year.

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Investing in Young People 2013

Financial Times

Governments and business are coming to realize that educating future workers and consumers is critical for global stability.  Check out this special report from Financial Times on the benefits of investing in young people.

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Youth Products Now Available in Aisle 1

Youth Employment and Sustainability (YES)

Youth Products Now Available in Aisle 1 was presented at a Plenary Session at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. This presentation discusses a new public-private partnership that links youth to markets using Whole Foods Market stores

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Youth Employment Mexico

Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud

Youth Employment Mexico was presented by Miguel Ángel Carreón at the keynote address of the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. In his address, Carreón discusses what the Mexican Government has done in order to address the youth unemployment issue.

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