Governance & Policy

Seeking Youth Representative for the Workforce Connections Advisory Board - Apply by June 13

Purpose:

Workforce Connections seeks a youth representative for its Advisory Board – a group of thought leaders that will set research priorities, leverage funding for research, and provide links to key actors in WFD arena – in order to advance thinking on key technical themes for the field of international youth workforce development.

Background:

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.

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) -- NAMA Funding for Low-Carbon Development

Germany's BMU is a partner of the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change in establishing the NAMA Facility to address climate change (promotion of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions). The Facility announces its second call for project proposals from national governments and qualified delivery organizations in developing and emerging economies. The NAMA Facility has no regional or sectoral focus, and it is open to fund NAMAs across a range of countries and sectors. The deadline for concept outlines (i.e., preliminary proposals) is 15 July 2014.

Celebrating Progress, Remaining Steadfast and Asking What’s Next for Girls’ Education

Over the past two decades there have been major improvements in girls’ education. In 1990, less than 50 percent of girls in low-income countries were enrolled in primary school; today that figure has climbed to nearly 80 percent. However, much work remains to be done. Thirty million girls still miss out on basic education, and the challenge for those that now attend school is that they learn while there. Indeed, 250 million children cannot read or write, even after many of them have spent four years in school.

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Video/Audio

When the First Rung Is Too High

The young man at the Apple Genius Bar asked me what kind of work I did while he was trying to fix my laptop last week. I told him, “I work on creating good jobs and higher skills in developing countries.” I also told him that 87% of the planet’s 1.2 billion 16-24 year olds live in developing countries where there are few good jobs and where the education and training systems are often completely out of synch with the needs of modern economies. He appeared interested, so I continued: “3 out of 5 of all the unemployed in sub-Saharan Africa are youth people living on less than $2/day.

June 23 Webinar: Citizen Exchange, Economic Opportunity, and Eastern Europe

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Citizen Diplomacy Network, Center for Citizen Diplomacy
Event Date: 
Jun 23, 2014 (03:00pm to 04:00pm)

Exchanging Understanding: How Citizen Exchange and Economic Opportunity Are Shaping the Future of Eastern Europe

The perspective of Ukraine's youth has been significantly shaped by citizen exchange programs, such as those made possible by Fulbright, Muskie, and the Soros Foundation, which have offered a glimpse of the brighter future of a democratic European state. 

Boko Halal -- Education Is Good

The shocking kidnap of more than 200 girls in northern Nigeria has focused global attention on the dangers faced by young women in Africa. Like millions around the world, I hope and pray for their safe return.

The aim of militants such as Boko Haram, whose very name means "Western education is a sin," is to sew hatred and enmity between Muslim and Christian communities, which have co-existed largely peacefully for generations. Education, in particular the education of women, is a threat to Boko Haram's goals. That is why the group carried out this appalling act.

Twitter Chat with YouthSave: Asset Building and Global Poverty

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
YouthSave
Event Date: 
Jun 11, 2014 (03:00pm to 04:30pm)

Join YouthSave on or before June 11 at 3pm for a conversation on asset building as a tool to alleviate global poverty.  You can send your question ahead of time via twitter using the hashtag #youthsave.  If you've never participated in a twitter chat before, see the instructions below.

How to Participate

Story of EGRA: Possible Applications to Youth and Workforce

Luis Crouch of RTI International's gave this presentation on lessons learned from the development of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) measurement tool at Workforce Connections' first event: The Challenge of "Soft Skills" Measurement: Toward a Common Approach. 

Event information: 

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Presentation

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