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REPORT: State of the Small & Growing Business Sector, June 2016

he Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

2015 was a year for global progress in development policy. The ratification of the Paris Agreement marked the first unified, global effort to set targets to combat climate change. In 2015, UN member states also agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 17 universal targets that will guide policies, investments, and political agendas across the globe. The SDGs explicitly focus on economic development and reducing inequality, as well as specific sectors like energy, water, and agriculture.

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REPORT: Youth Think Tank Report 2015-2016, June 2016

The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation Youth Think Tank is a research group made up of young people who are recruited to conduct research in their communities, make recommendations based on their findings, and advise the Foundation. The 2015-2016 Youth Think Tank conducted research into economic opportunities for youth in East Africa and found that young people across the region face similar aspirations and challenges.

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WEBINAR RESOURCES: Youth Voices: Changing Narratives and Engaging Youth

RTI International, The GroundTruth Project, Education for Employment, National Journal Communications Council

First person accounts of “lived experience” have the power to change global narratives and effect real change, as seen in movements as diverse as marriage equality, Black Lives Matter, eliminating extreme poverty, fighting climate change, and promoting girls education. Would better first person accounts counter unfair youth development narratives? i.e. Blame youth, fear youth, give up on youth. Many have identified that the global conversation about youth is too often missing the voices of youth. Organizations that support youth understand the importance of helping youth tell their stories, but do we do so in dynamic ways that maximize impact? Join RTI International, The GroundTruth Project, Education for Employment, and the National Journal in an important conversation on effective storytelling.

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PAPER: Self-employment Programmes for Young People: A Review of the Context, Policies and Evidence

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Across the globe, young women and men are making an important contribution as productive workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, citizens, members of society and agents of change. All too often, the full potential of young people is not realized because they do not have access to productive and decent jobs. Although they are an asset, many young people face high levels of economic and social uncertainty. A difficult transition into the world of work has long-lasting consequences not only on youth but also on their families and communities.

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PAPER: Organizing of Young Informal Workers: Does it Pay Off? May 2016

International Labour Organization (ILO) and The MasterCard Foundation

The ILO School-to-work transitions surveys (SWTS) are implemented as an outcome of the Work4Youth (W4Y) project, a partnership between the ILO and The MasterCard Foundation. The project has a budget of US$14.6 million and will run for five years to mid-2016. Its aim is to “promote decent work opportunities for young men and women through knowledge and action”. The immediate objective of the partnership is to produce more and better labour market information specific to youth in developing countries, focusing in particular on transition paths to the labour market.

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HANDBOOK: National Youth Delegate Programme to the United Nations, May 2016

United Nations

Active youth participation at the United Nations is a critical contribution to successful international cooperation. The purpose of this handbook is to provide interested young people around the world with the information they need to approach their governments with the request to include youth voices in their national delegations to the United Nations. Being a part of the UNA movement provides opportunities for engagement with United Nations issues in your home countries and internationally. If you do not have a UNA in your country, we hope you will reach out to us and explore the possibility of establishing one

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PAPER: Young Arab Voices: Moving Youth Policy from Debate into Action, May 2016

Chatham House-The Royal Institute of International Affairs

Many young people still lack access to a good, formal education, and do not have the ‘soft skills’ that will best equip them for labour markets in which youth unemployment remains high. Successful youth programmes such as Young Arab Voices (YAV) have a role to play in addressing the gaps in training in transferable skills, but the deployment of these skills also relies on national governments’ active engagement with young people. Formal youth policies across the MENA region vary from the detailed (in the case of Morocco) to those limited to youth employment measures; a new section on the role of youth is included in Algeria’s recently amended constitution. 

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PAPER: Leveraging Realtime M&E For Adaptive Youth Employment Programming, May 2016

Mercy Corps

While monitoring and evaluation (M&E), is used in youth employment programs to provide a range of information sources for a variety of stakeholders, these different tasks of M&E typically fall within one of two categories; ‘prove’ and ‘improve’. M&E is often used as a tool to ‘prove’ what was done, or what impact was achieved, particularly as accountability for donors. At the same time, M&E is also needed to help ‘improve’ programming: to generate quick feedback loops that enable programs to increase impact by revising plans or delivering services differently. 

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REPORT: Innovate for Agriculture, Young ICT Entrepreneurs Overcoming Challenges and Transforming Agriculture, May 2016

ASHOKA

The report introduces 30 innovators, 21 featured with full stories, and nine ‘innovators to watch’. Case studies include innovations from Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. A couple of innovators who come from outside ACP but offer services in these regions are also featured. The publication is a collection of life stories of interest to aspiring agri-tech entrepreneurs from all countries. Featured innovations include: how the innovation came about; what problems it addresses; how the innovations are implemented; impacts so far; the business model; challenges faced; strategies to address sustainability; and, the future outlook. 

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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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