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BLOG: New Report Makes It Easy to Explore Data on Skills Development, July 2016

World Bank

Education and training play an important role in ensuring that youth develop the skills they need to live independent and prosperous lives. The research is clear: youth are more affected by unemployment than any other age group. Around the globe we have seen the political, economic and social consequences of young people not having jobs. Governments and international development organizations have turned to education and training initiatives as one tool to enable youth to find jobs or launch their own businesses.

BLOG: GE Foundation and ILO Launch Global Youth Internship Programme, July 2016

International Labor Organization

To help inspire and prepare young people for a rapidly changing and highly competitive job market, the GE Foundation is launching an innovative learning programme to provide 16 to 18 year olds with a practical work experiences in STEM careers for the workforce of tomorrow. On the occasion of the UN’s World Youth Skills Day , the GE Foundation in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), have committed to quality, workplace-based experience for an under-served and critical age group. The programme, called the Global Youth Internship Programme, will start in Boston, to be managed by the Boston Private Industry Council, and then expand globally in partnership with international NGOs. 

BLOG: Training Program: Fighting Youth Underemployment in Rwanda


Indego Africa’s Vocational Training program, which launched in February 2016, provides young, unemployed Rwandans with artisan skills training and business education to help them build careers in the artisan sector and gain financial independence. How does it all work? Here’s the scoop: The program runs on six-month semesters with 45 participants per semester. Three days per week, these young people receive artisan vocational training at Indego Africa partner cooperatives—the artisan businesses responsible for the bright baskets, accessories and apparel you see on our website.

BLOG: Kenya Secures Sh36bn Loan to Cut Youth Jobless Rate, July 2016

Daily Nation

Kenya has signed a Sh36 billion financing agreement with the World Bank to facilitate youth employment, health and education amid concerns over the high level of public debt. The project will respond to high numbers of new young entrants to the labour market who are presently outpacing capacity of the economy to absorb them in productive employment,” said Mr Rotich. The money signed  between Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich and World Bank country director Diarietou Gaye  include loans worth Sh31.89 billion and a grant of Sh4.11 billion.

BLOG: The Future of Work for Youth in Africa, July 2016


African countries are experiencing the issue in varying degrees. Education and infrastructure problems are often cited. However, members of Future Forward, a network of leading social entrepreneurs, youth-serving professionals, and youth changemakers across Africa, have pinpointed a key — and often ignored — challenge: young people in Africa lack the opportunity to become authentic leaders.In other words, young people don’t have many options when it comes to leadership opportunities, in part due to mindsets around the capabilities of youth. 

BLOG: Enhance Agricultural Productivity for Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, July 2016

INCLUDE, The Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies

With 60% of its population aged 24 or less in 2015 (compared to 42% globally and 30% in high-income countries), Africa has the youngest population of any continent in the world.  In Sub-Saharan Africa, the percentage of youth rises to 63%. When productive, a large young population presents an opportunity for economic, technological and social development. However, failure to deliver good quality jobs for youth means that they can become a threat to social cohesion and political stability. 

BLOG: Girls’ Economic Empowerment, July 2016

Plan International

In developing countries, girls’ jobs are often vulnerable, informal and unprotected. Girls are more likely to be paid lower wages - if they are paid at all - and the first to lose their jobs. At current rates, the World Economic Forum estimates that it will take over a century to close the gender pay gap. Investing in girls’ economic empowerment is essential to achieving gender equality and helping girls to reach their potential. Enabling them to learn, lead, decide and thrive can transform lives, communities and entire countries.

BLOG: Inadequate Careers Advice in Many Schools is Exacerbating Skills Gap, July 2016

Youth Employment UK

Inadequate careers guidance in many English schools is exacerbating skills shortages and having a negative impact on the country’s productivity, the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy (ESE) has concluded in a report published today. The Sub-Committee urges the Government to incentivise schools to improve, which includes Ofsted downgrading those where careers provision is sub-standard.

BLOG: USAID and YSEALI Promote Youth Innovation to Tackle ASEAN Food Security, July 2016

U.S. Mission to ASEAN

SINGAPORE, July 5, 2016 – Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), in partnership with technology giants Cisco and Intel, announced the beginning of the final stage in the student competition to develop innovative technology solutions for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s World of Food Innovation Challenge.

BLOG: Youth, Agriculture and Inclusive Development in Africa, May 2016


This post is a response to the expert contribution ‘Passionate youth for agricultural development’, which is based on the policy dialogue between Dutch policymakers, knowledge institutes and NGOs on effective approaches to empower youth in agribusiness. The discussion appears to be premised on the assumption that rural Africa’s youth constitute a distinct socio-economic demographic that is particularly affected by unequal economic growth and income disparities. To support this argument, the article cites ‘barriers’ that prevent youth from effectively engaging in agriculture. Consequently, it proposes specific interventions to empower youth, within the new policy agenda of ‘inclusive development’. 


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