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.
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.
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.
Are you engaged in activities to build peace and reduce violence in your community or country? Have you been dedicated to conflict resolution or mediation at a regional, national or local level and are seeking to exchange experiences with peers from other countries in the Arab region? If yes, this is a good opportunity for YOU! Apply now to share your experience and learn from others by participating in a fully-funded Youth Peacebuilding Workshop, coordinated by UNDP and UNESCO on behalf of the United Nations Arab Regional Inter-Agency Technical Task Team on Young People (UN IATTTYP) and co-organized with the Peacebuilding Support Office and UNFPA from 4 to 7 December 2016 in Amman, Jordan.
The summit engages selected youth into discussion and evidence sharing of youth work in their homeland. Moreover, the summit encourages the participants to work on issues from topics available, namely Education and Youth Entrepreneurship. The output from the summit will be developed to be appropriate strategies to address issues of abovementioned subjects to local government or to be continuously executed individually or together by the summit participants.
Bridging the Skills Gap: Insights from Employers, Educators, and Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean presents the findings of a 10-month investigation of the secondary education school-to-work transition and trends in youth employability in Colombia, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. These three countries were selected to ensure representation of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. With support from the FHI Foundation, FHI 360 and Results for Development Institute (R4D) led this study to advance an understanding of the skills gap that prevents companies from finding qualified candidates to employ.
Join your peers in a race to develop a prototype for a new mobile application to advance financial capability in this practical, results-driven workshop. Using personas and user journeys created by and with youth, each group will be supplied with a toolkit and guided by a Human Centered Design expert to develop a mobile financial inclusion prototype during the session. Through this process, participants will be introduced to the tools they need to use rapid prototyping techniques in their own work and become familiar with some of the most promising approaches for financial inclusion.
Learn what it takes to scale workforce development solutions through the education system! This session will feature Educate!, Aflatoun, and INJAZ Jordan. These NGOs have effectively worked with governments globally to integrate proven solutions into curriculum, teacher training and assessment policies. Their work specifically focuses on the areas of enterprise development, financial literacy. Each panelist will present a practical strategy, such as policy stakeholder engagement, education reform process mapping, and effective teacher training. This session is meant to promote partnerships between implementers and policy makers so that effective solutions to work force development can be scaled through the education system.