Searching for Evidence-Based Solutions for Youth Employment


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Searching for Evidence-Based Solutions for Youth Employment

Over the next decade, 1 billion people will enter the labor market. Altogether, the global economy will need to create 5 million jobs each month, simply to keep employment rates constant. Global growth and poverty reduction over the next 20 years will be driven by today’s young people, yet many of them face significant difficulties in finding productive employment.

Not only must we try to keep pace with the growing labor force, we must also do much better than we have done over the past 50 years. This requires that we engage more effectively to bring hundreds of millions of people into productive work and out of poverty. More energy and more resources must be devoted to developing and harnessing effective solutions to enable this transformation. This requires a global action that involves coordination from many stakeholders, and also requires solid evidence on how best to improve the job market for young people.

More than 170 academics, business leaders, and government ministers gathered for the Solutions4Work conference on May 7-8 in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss advancements made in youth employment and to plan next steps for maintaining momentum and driving progress on the issue. Convened by the World Bank, the event highlighted achievements of two initiatives that have contributed to recent progress: the Global Partnership for Youth Employment (GPYE) and the Multi-Donor Trust Fund on Labor Markets, Job Creation, and Economic Growth (MDTF). Both initiatives have built a solid foundation of knowledge that promotes evidence-based solutions to youth unemployment, including Measuring Success of Youth Livelihood Interventions and Strengthening Life Skills for Youth.

To expand on this work and address remaining challenges, a group of stakeholders that includes the International Youth Foundation, the World Bank, Youth Business International, Accenture, Plan International, and RAND Corporation is evaluating the need to create a global coalition dedicated to addressing youth employment.

This post is part of a series appearing from the Solutions4Work Conference – held in Istanbul, Turkey.


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Tayo Olosunde
May 11, 2014

The 2013 WRD was a confirmation of our Project Based Career Mentoring Programme tagged MindtheGap. It was an evidence based peer and community engagement programme that mobilize our protegee to #RealignTheOdds by turning Pronlem2Project, Project2Passion & Passion2Profit.
The 2013 WDR was a huge encouragement as it made a C-Change from the mono-dimensional perspective of Jobs, recognizing every productive value adding human effort and a Job that we can enrich to make them sustainable job that provides means of Livelihood, Productive & Spill-overs.
Global population explosion inspite of adverse climate and environmental challenges, drought, war, etc must be engaged with a new paradigm of service. We must be ready to serve on another and create a world of care.
While the morale obligation lies heavily with the Government, Africa Youth must be mobilize to see this huge responsibility as a called to Global Relevance to guarantee a sustainable world.
This mandate present an opportunity for Guaranteed Employment as we analyze, partition and deploy Africa Youth to their sphere of influence.
Africa Youth takes this responsibility with all humility and dedication and we will not fail the world!
Its Time for Africa!

jitendra shah
May 10, 2014

With technology many skills r fast dissappearing.Many youth fail to accept education as a tool to improve on lifeskills & are always intent on greener pastures without giving time to incubate and aquire practical skills to master.

May 10, 2014

Let work together, we will get there.

Michael Bzdak
May 10, 2014

There are many examples of business-education partnerships that have evidence of success. It would be simple to identify the best practices and scale and replicate.

Ergis Sefa
June 07, 2014

Interestingly enough, one of the major problems youth is facing is their lack of adequate market skills because of inflexible education systems. Maybe too many of our youth is focusing on the so-called classical education and not toward VET or technical based education. However, the labor market seems to seek more technical based skills that can be achieved through the strengthening of VET system.