OP-ED: Why Is Technology Skills Training Critical to Low-Income Youth Now?

Originally posted on, September 22, 2014.

In our rapidly changing, hyper-connected world, the information and communication technology (ICT) industry is driving economic growth, innovation, and job creation…it’s also where the jobs are.

Digital Skills Gap

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BLOG: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity for Youth

According to the recently released United Nations report (“World Urbanization Prospects”), more than half of humanity now lives in cities. Today, 54% of the world’s population, 3.9 billion people, resides in urban areas, compared to only 30% back in 1950. The report predicts that cities will add an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, with nearly 90% of this increase happening in Asia and Africa.

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Five Steps to More Meaningful Youth Engagement

My name is Matthew French and I work for JBS International, Inc. This blog draws upon research conducted under contract with USAID’s office of Education (read the full youth engagement report here), as well as my own experiences working with young people.

Advancing Labor Market Assessments - Webinar & In-Person Event

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Workforce Connections (USAID, FHI 360, Making Cents International)
Event Date: 
Nov 25, 2014 (09:00am to 10:30am)

Join the Workforce Connections Community of Practice Labor Market Assessment Workstream!

Promising Practices in Youth Workforce Development: "The Seven Virtues"

This technical brief from USAID distills the findings from an extensive review of the known research and evaluation literature into seven key lessons for workforce development program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. USAID workforce development programs seek to incorporate these lessons, while also generating additional evidence on the efficacy of interventions.

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Empowering Youth through Access to Finance

The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) helps to bring financial skills and training to small and medium business owners, including youth, all over the world. As a membership-based organization, FAST’s members also seek to empower those businesses, including youth and future young leaders and entrepreneurs, in sustainable economic development by providing them with assistance, skills, and financial education.

Webinar - Understanding The Technology Skills Training Landscape: Framework & Tool

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Making Cents International, Microsoft
Event Date: 
Nov 3, 2014 (All day)

Globally, digital jobs are going unfilled. Thirty percent of employers in Ghana, 58 percent in Kenya, and 90 percent in South Africa reported challenges in hiring youth for technology-enabled jobs. In the United States, more than 50 percent of today's jobs require some degree of technology skills, and experts say this percentage will increase to 77 percent in the next decade. At the same time, young people aged 15 to 24 make up 40 percent of the world’s unemployed.

Youth Think Tank Report: Engaging Young People

Increasingly, non-governmental, multilateral and bilateral organizations, and the private sector are seeking more meaningful ways to engage young people in dialogue about decision-making, program design, evaluation and policy-making.

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