Economic Empowerment

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.

BLOG: Workforce Development: A shift into high gear

This year’s Workforce Development Track of the Making Cents conference saw more than a tenfold increase in proposal submissions and will feature a record number of panelists across nine distinct workforce themed panels. The lineup of proposals and participants provides terrific insight into the range and diversity of workforce issues that the development community and countries at large are grappling with, including public private partnerships, work-based learning interventions, soft-skills measurement, technology applications, career development practices and mentorship programs.     

Professional Fellows Program

Hosted by the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication/Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) in collaboration with BRAC University’s Center for Entrepreneurship Development, Dhaka, Bangladesh, BRAC Myanmar, Yangon, Burma and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad, India.

Application deadline: December 1, 2015
Application available online

Al Amal Rural Youth Case Study

With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and in partnership with Silatech, Making Cents International is implementing the IFAD Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program (RYEEP); a three-year grant to increase employment and self-employment of young people aged 15-35 in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) countries of Egypt, Yemen, Morocco and Tunisia.

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We Got This: A Call to Action for Youth Employment

Starting today, every one of us can work together and take concrete steps to ensure young Americans are thriving in their jobs, schools and communities. Generated by the priorities of our diverse, cross-sector coalition and an extensive listening tour with key partners, Opportunity Nation is releasing our plan to tackle the U.S. youth employment crisis: WE GOT THIS.

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SKYE Project Coaching Survey Report

Coaching is not a standalone intervention. Research demonstrates that youth who have someone that encourages them and believes in their skills and abilities is in a better position to achieve their goals. Coaching is a key component of the USAID-funded SKYE Project in Guyana. The project recruits full-time coaches to support youth during the work-readiness training and in their job search.

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How can we fix ‘DIS’ system? Approaches to the Demand, Intermediation and Supply Nexus of Youth Employment Projects (Part 3)

Part 3: Career guidance centre in Kosovo bridges the gap between VET schools and private sector


In our third and final blog about labour market interventions in Eastern Europe we will talk about career guidance centres for students of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Kosovo. The story describes how a new and sustainable approach towards career guidance ensures VET students and private companies receive better services.

Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015: Scaling Up Investments in Decent Jobs for Youth

The youth employment crisis is easing, at least in terms of global trends…

After the period of rapid increase between 2007 and 2010, the global youth unemployment rate settled at 13.0 per cent for the period 2012 to 2014. At the same time, the number of unemployed youth declined by 3.3 million from the crisis peak: 76.6 million youth were unemployed in 2009 compared to an estimated 73.3 million in 2014.

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