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.
Meeting the needs of the global youth population requires evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable initiatives. In response, Making Cents International offers a demand-driven Knowledge Management (KM) platform that builds the capacity of youth development stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate high-impact youth economic opportunity programs, policies, and partnerships. The platform components are:
The labor market assessment guide will assist users to analyze employment and workforce development in a given country for project design and policymaking. An introductory narrative will characterize existing frameworks and information useful for a labor market analysis.
Following the introduction, the guide will consist of modules to:
This early stage diagnostic and strategic planning guide is meant to help policy-makers, educators and industry stakeholders understand how competitiveness and workforce development are linked in a sector, with a focus on industry clusters and competitiveness. The guide presents the diagnostic as a four-stage process: Explore, Examine, Envision, and Engage.
The World Bank Sector Competitiveness Analysis Tools (SCAT) Reference Guide provides a step-by-step approach, using a framework and encyclopedic set of tools, to identify sectors and products with the most competitiveness potential, and then carry out public-private dialogue to analyze the gaps in a sector’s environment and come up with public, private and public-private action items. The guide draws extensively on data sources and techniques from the economics, trade, bu
The report examines six key question areas regarding cross-sector strategies for positive youth development (PYD) worldwide: Reasons for international donors to invest in PYD, current trends, relevant frameworks, how comprehensive approaches can contribute to positive outcomes, state of current evidence, and gaps in the research.
Established in 2009, Akazi Kanoze (AK) meaning “work well done” in Kinyarwanda, provides Rwandan youth ages 14-35 with market-relevant life and work readiness training and support, hands-on training opportunities, and links to the employment and self-employment job market. Akazi Kanoze builds capacity and creates linkages between youth, the Rwandan economy and the public and private sector so that youth can access increased opportunities for productive engagement in society.