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PAPER: Delving Deeper into the Agricultural Transformation and Youth Employment Nexus: The Nigerian Case, April 2016

International Food Policy Research Institute

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the NSSP Office is pleased to announce the publication of a new Working Paper titled “Delving deeper into the Agricultural Transformation and Youth Employment Nexus: The Nigerian Case.” The paper, co-authored by Margaret Adesugba and George Mavrotas of the IFPRI Nigeria Strategy Support Program, focuses on issues affecting youth employment in the agricultural sector using also Nigeria as a case study.

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PAPER: Youth Policies From Around the World, March 2016

Youth Policy Labs

While no global framework or standards on youth policy exists, there is a growing international consensus on principles for youth policy-making. This working paper examines these principles, rooted in the 1998 Lisbon Declaration on Youth Policies and Programmes, and most recently re-iterated at the First Global Forum in Youth Policies held in October 2014, alongside some country examples of the principles used in implementation.

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REPORT: Putting Young People at the Heart of Development, April 2016

The Department for International Development’s Youth Agenda

We are in the midst of a unique youth bulge where 1.8 billion people are between the ages of 10-24. This is particularly acute in developing countries where 90% of all young people live, with 42% of them in DFID countries. At the Department for International Development we are committed to putting these young people at the heart of our work. Our programming will support young people to make successful transitions to adulthood, and we will work with young people as agents of social change and as passionate advocates seeking to shape and influence the world that they will inherit.

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REPORT: Millions Learning, Scaling up Quality Education in Developing Countries, April 2016

The Brookings Institution

Millions Learning: Scaling up quality education in developing countries tells the story of where and how quality education has scaled in low- and middle-income countries. The story emerges from wide-ranging research on scaling and learning, including 14 in-depth case studies from around the globe. Ultimately, Millions Learning finds that from the slums of New Delhi to the rainforest in Brazil, transformational change in children’s learning is happening at large scale in many places around the world. We find that successful scaling of quality learning often occurs when new approaches and ideas are allowed to develop and grow on the margins and then spread to reach many more children and youth.

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REPORT: Launching a Generation of Global Problem Solvers, March 2016

Cisco

We can use digitization along with the Internet of Everything (IoE) to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems— water scarcity, hunger, income inequality, environmental degradation, poverty, migration… and unemployment. Yet, with the wealth of opportunity digitization can bring, we live in a world of complex global challenges that deeply impact our society—from climate change to health and economic challenges. The challenge of unemployment looms large, especially among youth with an unemployment rate that is practically three times higher than that of adults. 

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BLOG: The Pivot to Yes: Positive Youth Development and Our Agriculture Program in Liberia, March 2016

Making Cents International

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is recognized as a paradigm shift for international programs. This approach pivots youth programs fixated on “No”—don’t leave school, don’t have risky sex, don’t join a criminal gang—toward activities that strengthen youth competencies and assets and support positive life choices. Important components of these affirming youth programs are a strong sense of belonging for youth and supportive relationships with peers and adults in their communities.

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Youth Employment and Financial Capability

National League of Cities

A young person’s first job is a critical developmental step toward adulthood. A first job provides an opportunity for youth to engage with the financial system and also infuses earnings into the local economy. In cities across the nation, youth employment programs are the single most significant way that hundreds of thousands of teens are introduced to the working world each year. With municipal ingenuity as well as private sector and philanthropic support, some city leaders and partners have developed innovative, locally-financed summer employment programs in recent years. Related year-round programs complement summer efforts, typically for smaller numbers of youth.

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WEBINAR: "Why invest in young people? Launching the Banking on Change Youth Savings Group Model", March 2016

Making Cents International

Did you know that whilst almost half of young people in sub-Saharan Africa say they save, 80% do not have a bank account? Young people aren’t a target of traditional savings groups either; a survey in 2013 found that of 103 organizations that promote savings groups in 43 countries, only 22% include youth or child-focused groups.

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BOOK: Employer Voices, Demands and Implications for Public Skills Development Policy, February 2016

The World Bank

Educators believe that they are adequately preparing youth for the labor market while at the same time employers lament the students' lack of skills. A possible source of the mismatch in perceptions is that employers and educators have different understandings of the types of skills valued in the labor market. Using economics and psychology literature to define four skills sets—socio-emotional, higher-order cognitive, basic cognitive, and technical—this paper reviews the literature that quantitatively measures employer skill demand, as reported in a preference survey.

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REPORT: The Banking on Change Youth Savings Group Model, March 2016

Barclays, CARE International UK, Plan UK

Banking on Change is currently one of the largest programmes working with youth savings groups (YSGs). In Phase 1 of the programme, from 2009 to 2012, the focus was on savings groups more broadly; in Phase 2 we have focused on YSGs in Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Between June 2013 and December 2015 the programme established 11,725 YSGs with over 245,000 members, of whom 132,000 are under 25 and two-thirds are women.

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