BLOG: How Might we Expand Economic Opportunities for Youth in East Africa? Oct 2016


In the Youth Empowerment Challenge we are collaboratively designing solutions that expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa. The continent of Africa is home to more young people than anywhere else on Earth. Youth in Africa have the potential to unleash the economic power of the continent – and lift millions out of poverty – but only if they have access to the skills, information and resources they need to achieve economic stability.

REPORT: Bridging the Skills Gap: Insights from Employers, Educators, and Youth in Latin America & The Caribbean, October 2016

FHI 360, Results for Development (R4D)

Bridging the Skills Gap: Insights from Employers, Educators, and Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean presents the findings of a 10-month investigation of the secondary education school-to-work transition and trends in youth employability in Colombia, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. These three countries were selected to ensure representation of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. With support from the FHI Foundation, FHI 360 and Results for Development Institute (R4D) led this study to advance an understanding of the skills gap that prevents companies from finding qualified candidates to employ. 


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PRESENTATION: Making Education Work: How to Leverage Education Reform to Include Workforce Development Solutions, Sep 2016

Educate, Aflatoun, INJAZ

Learn what it takes to scale workforce development solutions through the education system! This session will feature Educate!, Aflatoun, and INJAZ Jordan. These NGOs have effectively worked with governments globally to integrate proven solutions into curriculum, teacher training and assessment policies. Their work specifically focuses on the areas of enterprise development, financial literacy. Each panelist will present a practical strategy, such as policy stakeholder engagement, education reform process mapping, and effective teacher training. This session is meant to promote partnerships between implementers and policy makers so that effective solutions to work force development can be scaled through the education system.

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PRESENTATION: Sharing Solutions for African Youth Workforce Development: Scoping a New Peer Learning Network, Sep 2016

Results for Development, Umsizi Fund, WAVE Academies,

Building on the professional connections unleashed at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities (YEO) Summit, this session will explore how a peer learning network for workforce development practitioners could deepen the impact and enhance ongoing connections between organizations that have a commitment to African youth workforce development. Specifically, Results for Development and Umsizi Fund will share the preliminary hypotheses and results of a scoping exercise on the potential for a peer learning network of African youth workforce development practitioners. 

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BLOG: 10 Lessons in 10 Years: Building the Youth Economic Opportunities Sector, Oct 2016

Making Cents International

A decade ago, I organized the first-ever global convening with the singular focus on how to increase the scale and sustainability of the youth economic opportunities sector. Fast forward ten years, to this past September, when 543 people from 53 countries gathered to share their knowledge, and celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event: The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit. Clearly, we were on to something big. 

BLOG: The Health Effects of Youth Unemployment, Oct 2016

Harvard Business Review

Our Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index found that among 47 high-income countries (as defined by the World Bank), the physical well-being of unemployed young adults between the ages of 15 to 29 is statistically tied with employed people aged 50 and older — 26% vs. 24% thriving, respectively. And in the U.S., where we were able to analyze a sufficient sample size, unemployed youth have a worse physical well-being compared with employed older adults — 23% vs. 31% thriving. (Gallup and Healthways define “thriving” physical well-being as consistently having good health and enough energy to get things done each day.)

BLOG: How to Undo the Normalization of Youth Unemployment, Oct 2016

Financial Review

In characterizing Australian school funding debates as being full of shrill arguments and vested interests where, at the end of the day, money doesn't impact performance as much as it should, Tim Dodd nails it (Unravelling Gonski: The school funding fight is on again AFR 18.9). School funding has grown 14 per cent more in real terms per student over the past decade, yet our results have gone backwards. If you got those results with any other investment, wouldn't you want to review your strategy?


BLOG: For Better Youth Vocational Training, Ask the Employers, Oct 2016

Creative Associates International

The formula for eliminating the skills gaps between workforce supply and demand is straightforward: Equip the workforce with the skills employers need. To find out just what skills the private sector is looking for, ask them. Salem Helali can attest to the efficacy of this demand-driven approach to workforce development. As Chief of Party for the Afghanistan Workforce Development Program, his team has placed more than 70 percent of its 27,000 graduates in mid-level positions or secured salary promotions with private sector employers.

PROJECT: Youh Global Programme for Sustainable Development & Peace, Oct 2016

United Nations Development Programme

The project aims to systematically foster youth empowerment where UNDP has a presence by significantly boosting the implementation of UNDP's Youth Strategy 2014-2017 (itself aligned with UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017) and to sharpen the organization’s focus and corporate response to the challenges young people face worldwide across three priority thematic areas: enhanced youth civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions; increased economic empowerment of youth; and strengthened youth engagement in resilience- and peace-building.

PRESENTATION: Forecasting the Job Market Challenges in the Post-Work Era, Sep 2016


The key role played by sound labor market forecast in the formulation of human resources development programs has been extensively promoted lately. As we engage in building quantitative tools to better understand job markets’ evolution, CIDE suggests we take a step back and rethink the major changes the job market is undergoing at a global scale and its implications on the inclusion of young people. What conclusion can we draw when the economy, while growing, is not producing the jobs that millions of young people are counting on to provide for themselves? How do we deal with spreading non-formal, non-conventional employment?  

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