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How Employers Can Lead on Youth Unemployment

Originally posted on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation blog. 

Employers need to improve their ability to measure, manage, and raise the skill level of their employees in order to remain competitive and achieve their business goals.

What Do Youth Have to Say? How Young Voices Drive Financial Inclusion

Originally posted on the MasterCard Foundation Blog.

Gatete is an 18-year-old man from the market town of Naivasha, Kenya. Gatete attends school far from home and lives with his cousins who act as his guardians because his parents are very poor. His uncle pays his school fees. Gatete is in the fourth level of high school and hopes to attend university after completing his secondary education.

How can we fix ‘DIS’ system? Approaches to the Demand, Intermediation and Supply Nexus of Youth Employment Projects (Part 2)

Part 2: How to reach the masses: using mainstream media to inform young Albanians and their parents about the labour market

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The Training Game: Using Gamification to Train a New Generation

Our workforce is changing.

By 2020, 1 out of every 2 employees in the workforce will be a millennial. It is a generation that will have played over 10,000 hours on a gaming platform before 21 years of age. It is a generation that has grown up not only playing, but mastering the skill of gaming. From Pac-Man to Angry Birds, the generation entering our workforce has grown up in a make believe world that has changed the way that they engage and interact.

It is a fact that the face of our workforce is different. The question is how do companies adapt to this reality?

On International Youth Day, the World Risks Squandering 'Peak Youth'

Originally posted by the Global Post on August 12, 2015. 

Speaking before the African Union in Ethiopia last month, President Obama said, “The most urgent task facing Africa today ... is to create opportunity for this next generation.”

Are Data Producers and Users Like Mars and Venus in the Office?

M&E has been at the core of Save the Children’s youth employment programs. We have staffed up M&E to produce great data. But are we using it to learn and improve programming? Sometimes it feels like data producers are like Mars and the intended data users are like Venus – Mars doesn’t communicate data enough and Venus doesn’t take action based on the data. The result is lots of missed opportunities to learn and continuously improve programs. 

Can youth savings bridge the financial gender gap?

On a hot afternoon in September, Savings Specialist Ryan Newton, Market Research Specialist Anjali Banthia,  and I were in a SEWA Bank branch in Ahmedabad, India, conducting a focus group with a few young women who are daughters of SEWA Bank clients’ daughters. Ritu, a 16- year-old girl with her hair pulled into a short ponytail, is a Tejasvi account holder.

The Answer to Ending Youth Unemployment in Palestine

Originally published by the Huffington Post on July 30, 2015. 

Kenya, U.S. Can Help Youth Get Jobs

Originally posted by The Rockefeller Foundation on July 25, 2015

When the African youth population doubles to 400 million, there will be more young people entering the workforce than there are jobs waiting for them.

In Kenya, up to 80% of their 2.5 million youth are unemployed, while youth unemployment in the U.S. is three times the jobless rate.

#YouthEO Twitter Chat: Scale in Practice

There are over 1.1 billion young people in the world who need to be able to find good jobs, start and grow businesses, gain access to appropriate financial services and overall, participate in the global economy.But how can development practitioners and private and public sector actors meet the growing demand for youth economic opportunity? 

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