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

Originally posted on, September 22, 2014.

ARTICLE: Recognising the economic contribution of women isn't feminism, it's fact

Despite the role that girls and women play in driving economic growth being widely acknowledged, it seems in practice, development programmes haven’t kept pace.

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.     

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.

TechChange Fellowship 2016

United States
North America
Closing date: 
Feb 1, 2016

Bridging the Gap

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Philadelphia/The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Event Date: 
Dec 2, 2015 (10:00am to 03:30pm)

Hosted by the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Philadelphia and The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the conference will share emerging strategies to bridge the unemployment gap for young people between the ages of 16 to 24. National and local experts will highlight practices, such as apprenticeships and other employer-led models, to reengage with disconnected youth. They will also consider the additional information needed to better inform policy and recommend new partnerships and resources to extend greater opportunity for young people.

A draft agenda can be viewed below.

Accelerating Pathways Youth Economic Strategy Index 2015

The Youth Economic Strategy (YES) Index seeks to provide policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders with comprehensive and comparative data on the economic situation of youth in the 35 cities it covers. The index aims to inspire policymakers, the private sector and civil society to improve opportunities for youth aged 13 to 25. Are cities providing the enabling environment that supports the economic aspirations of youth? Are they making the proper investments and policy decisions to support youth and enable them to reap youth-driven dividends in the future?

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Call for Application - 2016 WISE Awards!

Closing Date:

Jan 11, 2016

Submission period now open until 13.00 GMT January 15, 2016

The 2016 WISE Awards will identify, celebrate, and promote six innovative projects for their positive contribution to education and society. The Awards highlight initiatives found to be most creative and effective in finding solutions to education challenges at any level and in all environments. In bringing forward these models; WISE is helping build a network of recognized change-makers to inspire change in education. 

Global Youth Wellbeing Index: A Vietnam Case Study

Vietnam’s achievements in reducing poverty, boosting the economy, and creating early gains in youth development make it a real success story. Yet according to the report you are about to read, that trajectory of growth and development can only be sustained with more targeted investments in the country’s younger generation—in such areas as marketable skills training, expanded civic engagement opportunities, and attention to the specific challenges facing Vietnamese young women.

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