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One Size Does Not Fit All: What Type of Youth Entrepreneurship Support Works Where, and Why?

Globally, many initiatives exist to promote youth entrepreneurship, but robust evidence of what works and in which context is lacking. Presenters in this session have responded to this challenge by creating the Youth Entrepreneurship Contexts Framework. The Contexts Framework, and this workshop, is designed for practitioners, policymakers, M&E and learning specialists, and young entrepreneurs. Based on pilots in France, India, Afghanistan and Uganda, presenters explained how this tool can be used by sharing the framework along with evidence and insights that include:

Trends that will shape the future of jobs

In order to best prepare students for jobs, it is important to understand the current trends and challenges in the market. At the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Claudia Pompa from the Overseas Development Institute, presented on the global trends that are shaping the future of jobs. These drivers range from demographic changes to adoptions of new trade agreements. 

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Empowering youth through participatory monitoring and evaluation

At the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Joanna Melymuk, Program Manager of Plan Canada, presented how to best empower youth through participatory monitoring and evaluation.  After presenting on the Youth Microfinance Project, which aims to promote asset building through Youth Savings and Loans Associations (YSLAs), pilot linkage possibilities of graduated individuals and groups to formal financial institutions, and provide life skills and financial education training to enhance youth’s chances of successful transition into adulthood, Melymuk introduces the Most Significant C

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Video: Markus Goldstein Discusses Adolescent Girls' Empowerment

Watch Markus Goldstein, Senior Economist at the World Bank, speak about an adolescent girls' empowerment project in Uganda implemented by BRAC and the World Bank. The project focuses on providing four key elements: a safe social space for girls, life skills training, vocational training, and access to microfinance. In this video interview, Goldstein shares the promising results of rigorous impact evaluations that found that girls in the program are working more, earning more, and are 75 percent less likely to have had sex against their will.

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Youth and skills: Putting education to work

With just three years to go until the deadline for the Education for All goals that were set in Dakar, Senegal, it is vitally urgent to ensure that the collective commitments made by 164 countries in 2000 are met. Lessons also need to be drawn to inform the definition of future international education goals and the design of mechanisms to make sure that all partners live up to their promises.

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