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BLOG: Young and female: Double Jeopardy for Women in Uganda’s Job Market, April 2016

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On 8th March 2016, Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate women’s day under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. Although Uganda has made major strides towards gender equality, having achieved a Gender Parity Index (GPI)1 of 1 in primary school enrolment, the struggle for equality in the labour market is still an uphill task. Being young and female continues to pose a twin challenge for the current generation of young women seeking employment. Findings from the 2015 School to Work Transition Survey (SWTS) conducted by Uganda Bureau of Statistics and ILO reveal that young women (15-29 years) are faced with a number of disadvantageous gaps in the labour market: higher unemployment rates, wage gaps, higher shares in vulnerable employment and longer school-to-work transitions. 

BLOG: Passionate Youth for Agricultural Development, April 2016

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Combatting youth unemployment in developing countries has become a priority issue of policy agendas. In the context of increased global food insecurity, emphasis has been put on engaging youth in agricultural development. Yet challenges lie ahead as currently agriculture does not seem a very interesting business proposition for young people. Many also lack the skills to be a successful farmer. Gearing investments towards a small group of motivated and entrepreneurial youth might be the best and most cost-effective approach to address the employment and food security challenges, according to professionals that attended the food security exchange week workshop on youth.

BLOG: How Coding Bootcamps are Helping to Tackle Youth Unemployment, April 2016

The World Bank

The emergence of bootcamps in developing countries signals determination of local people and businesses to participate in the digital revolution, but does not guarantee immediate results. The potential impact on employability can be substantial, but needs further testing. Recognizing the need to better understand the impact of bootcamps on employability, the World Bank ICT Innovation Team  launched a Rapid Technology Skills Training Program focused on programming skills, which are among the most demanded (and the most deficient) by employers.

BLOG: Busting Myths and Promoting Youth Savings

Devex

Young people want to save for their futures; they simply need the right tools and encouragement to do so. If traditional savings group methodologies aren’t working for the young, we need to adapt them. The challenges — and opportunities — presented by this demographic phenomenon are well-known. What’s clear is that societies across the planet have much to gain if this burgeoning group is well equipped with the financial and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to help them thrive, now and in later life.

BLOG: Meet the Young CEO Launching Teach For Ghana, February 2016

Devex

Teach For All partner organizations, such as Teach For America, Teach For India and now Teach For Ghana, are bound together by the philosophy that recruiting top talent from diverse backgrounds into the teaching profession for at least two years fosters high quality leadership in education and contributes to ending educational inequity. Proponents of the model stress that it provides an avenue for motivated and high potential candidates to start careers in teaching.

BLOG: The World's Big Solution: Young People, April 2016

Devex

Today’s youth are taking stock of existing systems and measuring the gap between where we are now and where they believe we should be. They are asking governments to be accountable. They want economic systems that work for everyone, not just some. Of course they react strongly to shortsighted policies that fundamentally affect the society and environment they will inherit. They want to be heard, valued and considered as partners in development, for they are the ones who will live with decisions made today.

BLOG: The First Step to Successful Mixed Livelihoods in Africa, April 2016

International Youth Foundation

Approximately 700 million young Africans under the age of 30—along with other age groups—no longer focus on a sole way of making a living. They can’t rely on just one job to meet their needs, more than half report knowing how to save their money, and they’re also able to juggle the multiple jobs and income streams that allow them to satisfy their diverse interests. Two-thirds of youth surveyed as part of The MasterCard Foundation’s research say they prefer the flexibility of running their own businesses. This combination of multiple jobs and entrepreneurship is how they see their lives in the future.

BLOG: What The U.S. Can Learn From the Way Germany Trains Its Workforce, April 2016

Fast Company

Germany boasts a highly skilled industrial labor force, thanks in large part to a system of vocational training that the U.S. abandoned. The dual education system also contributes to the low levels of youth unemployment in Germany relative to other advanced economies. And while it’s hardly the only factor, the combination of vocational education and apprenticeships ensures the country a steady supply of superbly trained workers—which is one reason why German industries have dominated the development of the Chinese infrastructure, for instance.

BLOG: You Must Hone Your Skills, April 2016

Pamplin College of Business

Jobs are available, but job seekers must acquire in-demand skills or upskill themselves to secure employment. “There just aren’t any jobs. Where are the jobs? We need to create jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs.” This is all we hear today in mainstream media—the lack of jobs. Let’s dispel this myth now. There are jobs and plenty of them. What we must be asking job seekers are: What are you doing to acquire skills that are in demand by employers? Are you willing to humble yourself to take jobs that are “beneath” you? 

BLOG: Empowering Young People Will Build a Better World, April 2016

Skoll Foundation

Education systems worldwide are facing criticism for failing to prepare children to face the challenges of the modern world, through an over-emphasis on repetitive learning and exam preparation. In this context we call for new learning ecosystems that empower young people to shape the future that they want, rather than only reacting to it. In the UK, the social enterprise Bite the Ballot is kick-starting a movement to engage young people in democracy by identifying and removing barriers that prevent them from taking an active role in politics. 

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