Investing In Young People: Part 1 A Reference Guide on Youth Employability was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. The purpose of this reference guide is to strengthen the technical and operational capacity of Aga Khan Development Network partners and other stakeholders involved in the Enhancing Employability and Leadership for Youth (EELY) programme in northern Pakistan.
Examining the Evidence: Topics of Interest to USAID in Youth Development & Education was presented at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. USAID discusses its efforts in developing a research agenda focused on youth workforce development, youth education in conflict environments, and holistic, crosssector youth development. Results from an iterative process encompassing literature reviews, interviews with thought leaders, and consultations with USAID staff and other
stakeholders are shared.
Restless Development, Institute of Development Studies, Pastoralist Communication Initiative
In 2011, Restless Development, in partnership with IDS and the Pastoralist Communication Initiative, supported a group of young Karimojong men and women to conduct action research, exploring the barriers hindering young people from securing sustainable livelihoods in one of the poorest post conflict regions in Africa. This resulted in the illustrated book “Strength, Creativity and Livelihoods of Karimojong Youth”.
Young men and women displaced in Nairobi, Kenya, face many barriers to earning an income. Urban violence, police harassment, restricted access to formal markets, disrupted education and a lack of safe spaces in the community are among the main barriers to attending school and training programs. Refugee youth report that education and training, as well as personal security, are their highest priorities. Young people appear to have little knowledge of their rights, of refugee laws and policies or of the few programs that exist to assist them.
In early 2012, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) published a landmark report entitled, “Investing in a Youth Dividend: An analysis of donor strategies for youth and livelihoods in conflict and crisis.”
The International Rescue Committee is pleased to hold a special session at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference to engage donors featured in the report to discuss future plans and commitments for youth and livelihoods programming.
In recent years, there has been growing donor momentum around youth-focused programming with a focus on the role of youth in social, economic and political development, especially in conflict-affected countries. However, there is a lack of detailed information about donor policies and strategies and whether and how these strategies have been matched by an increase in funding and specific programming to meet youth needs.
Stories of Change is Ashoka’s electronic book series. This volume, meant to provide inspiration to both youth and the practitioners who serve them, offers the stories of ten young “changemakers” from around the world.
The Iraqi Youth Initiative is a new private sector initiative designed by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create employment opportunities for young Iraqis was initiated this week by the USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program. The project hopes to expose young Iraqis living in underserved or impoverished areas to essential business skills and entrepreneurial opportunities.