By Matthew French from JBS International, Inc., 2014
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 global labour market situation remains uneven and fragile. True, there are encouraging signs of economic recovery in those advanced economies most affected by the global financial crisis which erupted in 2008. Also, a number of emerging and developing countries − including recently in Sub-Saharan Africa − are enjoying relatively robust economic growth. The world economy may thus be growing somewhat faster than over the past three years.
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.
In 2007, the United Nations (UN) established the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) to help attain the goals set by the Millennium Declaration. The Achievement Fund is a wide-ranging development cooperation mechanism with an overall budget of more than US$800 million. It was funded by a contribution from the Government of Spain to the UN system to implement programmes aimed at eradicating poverty and inequality.
While experience in assessing soft skills programming in workforce youth programs in developing countries is relatively limited, there is valuable data and lessons in non-cognitive assessment from US and international research.
Following its tradition, Azerbaijan Micro-finance Association (AMFA) will be organizing a 2-day conference from October 9-10, 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The conference will gather about 200 practitioners from around the country as well as from neighboring countries like Georgia, Russia, and those in Central Asia.
The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) articulate the minimum level of technical and other assistance to be provided in promoting the recovery of economies and livelihoods affected by crisis. The MERS cover six technical areas:
Sanabel – The Microfinance Network of Arab Countries
Sep 29, 2014 (06:30pm) to Sep 30, 2014 (06:30pm)
Sanabel – The Microfinance Network of Arab Countries-is pleased to announce its 2014 Conference, which will be held from September 29th – September 30th, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel – Festival City - Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Pre and Post conference trainings are also offered on 28th of September and 1st of October.