Youth

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.     

BLOG: Where’s the Economic Opportunity for the World’s Youth: Findings from the Global Youth Wellbeing Index

Economic opportunity is a critical driver of individual and family security, and national growth, development and social progress. Harnessing the capacity of youth in particular, as producers and consumers, can be a boon to both national and the global economy alike. Yet around the world, youth in developed and emerging economies continue to face significant barriers to fulfill their economic promise and prospects.

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.

The State of Urban Youth 2012/2013 , Youth in the Prosperity of Cities

The increasing prominence of the youth bulge in most urban areas presents a unique opportunity, as they represent the most dynamic human resource available. Their numbers today are larger than at any point in human history. Yet this group suffers the most from urban unemployment and often feels that they lack equal access to opportunities. This is especially acute in developing countries, which have a relatively youthful population that must be mobilised to realise greater economic and social development goals.

Resource Type: 
Report

Building a Global Coalition for Youth Employment

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
The World Bank
Event Date: 
Oct 8, 2014 (04:00pm to 05:15pm)

Over the next decade, one billion people will enter the job market --the global economy will need to create 5 million jobs each month simply to keep employment rates constant. Securing good jobs for youth is a global priority.

This event will unveil a global initiative that addresses the pervasive challenge of youth employment and underemployment. It is closely associated with the World Bank Group’s ambitious goal: to eliminate extreme poverty and to boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent by 2030.

World Bank Youth Summit 2014: The Need for Open & Responsive Governments

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
The World Bank
Event Date: 
Oct 7, 2014 (All day)

The World Bank Group is hosting its second annual Youth Summit, in partnership with the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. This year's event will focus on increased youth engagement in issues relating to government transparency, accountability, and collaborative governance. The event is free of charge.

BLOG: Addressing the Youth Employment Challenge: Beyond the Skills Gap

Cross-posted from CSIS.

Workforce Connection Community of Practice: Using Systems Approaches for Workforce Development

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Workforce Connections
Event Date: 
Feb 10, 2015 (All day)

Workforce Connections brings together thinking across relevant disciplines including education, economic growth, and positive youth development.  The aim is to build consensus over contextually appropriate and effective interventions, and provide guidance on measurement and evaluation of workforce development initiatives.

Date is tentative, check www.wfconnections.org for updates.

Workforce Connection Community of Practice: Measuring Outcomes in Workforce Development

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Workforce Connections
Event Date: 
Jan 12, 2015 (All day)

Workforce Connections brings together thinking across relevant disciplines including education, economic growth, and positive youth development.  The aim is to build consensus over contextually appropriate and effective interventions, and provide guidance on measurement and evaluation of workforce development initiatives.

Date is tentative, check www.wfconnections.org for updates.

Workforce Connections Community of Practice: Soft Skills Symposium

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Workforce Connections
Event Date: 
Dec 4, 2014 (All day) to Dec 5, 2014 (All day)

Child Trends will lead a two day consultative workshop to discuss core soft skills or competencies relevant for successful labor market outcomes in the context of international youth workforce development programs.  (Invitation only, contact us for more information).

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