Governance & Policy

Seeking Youth Representative for the Workforce Connections Advisory Board - Apply by September 19

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.

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.

Youth guarantees: a response to the youth employment crisis?

Youth guarantees are gaining prominence in the fight against the current youth employment crisis. The concept of youth guarantee implies an entitlement to a job, training or education of a defined group of young people seeking employment and an obligation for the Public Employment Service (PES) or another public authority to provide the services and/or implement the programmes within a given period of time. Several countries in Europe have positive experiences with guarantee schemes.

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Paper

Collaborating to Solve Youth Employment

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Ashoka, MasterCard Foundation
Event Date: 
Sep 17, 2014 (10:00am to 11:00am)

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a paradox that has global relevance and implications: it will be home to the largest youth population in the world by 2050 and although literacy rates (by 6%) and education enrollment rates (by 9%) have been on the rise, youth unemployment continues to hover above 60% across the region. How will African youth create or secure sustainable and meaningful livelihoods? And more specifically, who is responsible for youth employment in Africa?

First Global Forum on Youth Policies

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Ministry of Youth and Sports in Azerbaijan, UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth, UNDP, UNESCO, Council of Europe
Event Date: 
Oct 28, 2014 (All day) to Oct 30, 2014 (All day)

In 2014, of 198 countries, 122 countries (62%) have a national youth policy, up from 99 (50%) in the previous year. These numbers show that governments are increasingly aware of the need for legal and policy frameworks that respond adequately to young peoples’ needs, aspirations and demands. Despite these advances, however, a number of challenges affect both the efficiency and inclusiveness of youth policies, from fragmented responsibilities and challenged structures to the lack of reliable knowledge and the absence of appropriate resources.

10x10: Hacking education, one startup at a time.

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Event Date: 
Sep 20, 2014 (All day) to Sep 23, 2014 (All day)

This fall, 70 young adults will congregate in Croatia for 10x10, a hackathon to tackle challenges facing education on a global level.

Innovative technology is poised to revolutionize the way people learn on a global level. With countries from around the world being represented on teams, the diversity in cultures and experience will contribute to new perspectives on such a universal subject as education.

Strengthening Recovery in Central and Eastern Europe

This Regular Economic Report (RER) is a semiannual publication of the Europe and Central Asia Region, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department (ECA PREM), The World Bank. It covers economic developments, prospects, and policies in 11 European Union (EU) member states that joined after 2004 (excluding Cyprus and Malta) — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (North); the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the Slovak Republic, (Continental); and Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia (South). Throughout the RER, for simplicity, we refer to this group of eleven countries as the EU11.

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Report

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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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.

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