S4YE Impact Portfolio


With sites ranging from Colombia to Cambodia and Turkey to Tanzania, the S4YE Impact Portfolio (IP) is a group of 44 diverse and high-potential youth employment projects that represent 38 developing countries from six regions. These projects were selected through a blind-process by independent reviewers.

This unique group of youth employment projects is a “learning laboratory” for the S4YE Coalition. Through the Impact Portfolio, S4YE aims to learn, assess, showcase, and potentially support the scaling of innovative youth employment interventions. To this end, S4YE is developing joint knowledge products, building a network of youth employment actors, and facilitating targeted technical guidance to ongoing projects in specific areas of high demand. 


The Impact Portfolio started in 2017, as an initial cohort of 19 high-potential and innovative youth employment projects. We curated the ‘micro-innovations’ from these 19 projects to publish the S4YE Impact Portfolio Report. As a community, the IP continued to lead several global knowledge products and events. Building on the success of this first cohort and keeping up with the need for agile innovations in the rapidly changing world of work, in 2019, we decided to expand this community. The new projects,  included after a global call for applications followed by an external panel led selection process, have helped to bring fresh perspectives from across the globe. 

S4YE Impact Portfolio Factbook is designed to aide practitioners and highlights interesting design elements from the "44 youth employment programs" that now make up our external community of practice, the Impact Portfolio. Projects from leading organizations such as Harambee, Samasource, Generation, Save the Children, Aga Khan Development Network, Knack, and many more are part of this community. These projects represent a spectrum of themes which include Digital Jobs and Skills, Private Sector Involvement, Business Incubation and Acceleration, Impact Sourcing, Digital Platforms, Agriculture, Youth with Disabilities, Woman and Girls, as well as Refugees.

If you'd like to learn more about the Impact Portfolio, please contact Apoorva Reddy Neelapu (aneelapu (at) worldbank (dot) org).




1001 Fontaines

1001fontaines designs and deploys sustainable safe drinking water solutions for vulnerable populatio... View more ns. The organization sets up water production units, trains local operators to professional standards and ensure the distribution of 20L bottles up to the last mile, at an affordable price for all. Philanthropic funding supports the initial stages of operations, until revenue from sales allows for the services to become self-sustaining on a national scale. Having demonstrated strong demand and willingness to pay for high-quality drinking water services across various contexts among vulnerable populations, 1001fontaines has achieved national scale and 100% self-sustained services in rural Cambodia, the organization’s flagship initiative. 1001fontaines serves a million consumers across 3 countries of operation (Cambodia, Madagascar, Vietnam), and ambitions to double their footprint by 2030, by becoming the preferred drinking water solution for vulnerable populations in 5 countries. View less

Region:Global Country:Cambodia, Vietnam, Madagascar
Key Themes:Blue Economy & Water, Green Economy, Circular economy, Green skills, Inclusion, Rural Youth, Youth with Low-Education Levels, Extreme Poor
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Asante Africa Foundation

Asante Africa Foundation is a global alliance of four member organizations (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda,... View more and USA). The organization shares one name, one strategy, and one mission to educate and empower the next generation of change agents, whose dreams and actions transform the future for Africa and the world. Asante believes that everyone has talent and potential but not everyone has access to opportunities. It works to address this gap by partnering with local schools and communities in East Africa to provide educational resources and support to the youth (including young girls) so that they are able to reach their full potential. With input from parents, local leaders, and young people themselves, Asante’s programs educate and empower youth from communities “off the paved road” and prepare them with life skills and confidence to succeed both in the classroom and beyond. For 15 years, Asante has led and sustained coordinated action to harness the talent and potential of East Africa's adolescent and young people (ages 10-24) in extremely rural Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. View less

Region:Africa Country:Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania
Key Themes:Skills & Education, Inclusion, Women and Girls, Rural Youth, Youth with Low-Education Levels
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Digify Africa

Digify Africa’s core mission is to provide pathways for young people to build their own livelihoods ... View more through in-demand digital skills and create accessible learning and earning opportunities across Africa. View less

Region:Africa Country:South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital skills, Skills & Education
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Digital Opportunity Trust, Lebanon

DOT Lebanon is a local non-profit organization established in Lebanon in 2010, with headquarters in ... View more Canada and country teams across Africa and the MENA region. The organization’s mission is to provide skills development programs aimed at building and enhancing 21st-century skills within marginalized communities in Lebanon, preparing them for the jobs of the future. Their training programs are market-driven and accredited by CISCO, Amazon Web Services, Meta BluePrint, and Google Maharat. Additionally, they facilitate connections for our youth to internship and job opportunities. Currently, they offer five programs: Technology and Entrepreneurship, ICT in Education , Digital Transformation , Climate Change, Employment. View less

Region:Middle East and North Africa Country:Lebanon
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital skills, Digital platform-enabled work, Skills & Education, Entrepreneurship
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Educate! leverages iterative learning to build highly scalable youth employment solutions aimed at p... View more reparing youth in Africa to learn, earn, and thrive in today’s economy. As of 2024, more than 390,000 youth, both in and out of schools, have been meaningfully impacted through Educate!’s solutions. Along the way, the organization has become the largest youth employment and skills provider in East Africa. View less

Region:Africa Country:Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya
Key Themes:Skills & Education, Entrepreneurship, Inclusion, Youth with Low-Education Levels
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Enablecode’s mission is to solve the question – what future work exists and what modern cognitive sk... View more ills needed to perform these human intelligence tasks, so the disadvantaged can work in the gig tech economy? The Business Process Outsourcing sector is unfortunately being rapidly replaced by emerging AI capabilities, putting at risk many vitally needed jobs for disadvantaged youth. The gaming sector appears to have many roles that could substitute this directly, plus provides the skills for future technology career paths. The gaming sector is very new, with virtual jobs in virtual companies for virtual currency – which points the way to many jobs of the future that will be created in other sectors. The gaming sector likely employs millions of disadvantaged youth, but little is yet researched on this. Our objective is to conduct truly groundbreaking surveys on the gaming sector and in the process move them towards social impact objectives. This will likely be using AI algorithms on labor rights, which could be an innovation for the wider global economy and regulation. There are also learnings and applications into the gamification of education, assessment and recruitment that will have a wider societal benefit. View less

Region:Global Country:Vietnam
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital skills, Disruptive tech (AI, ML, Cloud)
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Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG)

Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG) is a donor funded program of Mercy Corps that helps Palestine’s young populatio... View more n and companies earn incomes online to create a sustainable economy, despite Palestine's unique political challenges and despite global competition of tech talent from low-cost countries. Annually, GSG helps thousands of young Palestinians bridge the gap between graduating from university and earning a decent income online. GSG helps Palestinian individuals and companies succeed by providing trainings in high-value tech skills, and connections to overseas employers and markets. Successful individuals and companies bring revenue into Palestine, employ more young Palestinians, and help to build a sustainable inclusive economy despite the challenges in Palestine. View less

Region:Middle East and North Africa Country:West Bank and Gaza
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital skills, Skills & Education, Inclusion, Displaced Youth & Refugees
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Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO)

GAYO is a youth-led gender-balanced Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), actively delivering advocac... View more y and solution-oriented projects for environmental sustainability and community development. GAYO’s Mission is to reach out and provide solutions to pressing environmental through youth empowerment skills development and public education GAYO’s Vision is to create a world whereby conserving the natural environment will be the number one priority of the masses. View less

Region:Africa Country:Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana
Key Themes:Green Economy, Green skills, Circular economy, Skills & Education, Entrepreneurship
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Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is a not-for-profit social enterprise that innovates solutions... View more to address youth employment through partnerships. Harambee works with partners who are committed to results that can work at scale – including government, the private sector, civil society, and over 4 million youth. Harambee works to unlock jobs and break down the barriers that keep millions of young South Africans unemployed. Their vision is of a growing economy and a society that works, powered by the potential of young people. Harambee is an anchor partner in a breakthrough platform called SA Youth which brings together many partners to create a single national network to allow young people to access a wide selection of jobs and skilling opportunities, and for opportunity holders to access young, engaged work-seekers – for free!   View less

Region:Africa Country:South Africa, Rwanda
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital job matching platforms, Skills & Education
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Humans in the Loop

Humans in the Loop (HITL) is an award-winning Social Enterprise which has been working for the past ... View more 6 years towards the inclusion of refugees and conflict-affected people in the AI supply chain, as well as in the digital work field, through upskilling and paid remote work opportunities. HITL is active across the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, and their work-related opportunities are primarily focused on communities affected by armed conflict and are distributed with priority to countries where other remote online job opportunities are unavailable as for example Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon. Across all their locations in addition to access to work, HITL provides upskilling opportunities, equipping people with work relevant skills such as English language, Digital Skills (programming, graphic design, data analysis) and Freelancing skills. To date, the organization has provided work to over 1000 people, distributing over 1.4 million Euros in salaries and training to over 600 people with the skills to enter the global digital economy. View less

Region:Global Country:Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Bulgaria, Syrian Arab Republic
Key Themes:Future of Work, Digital skills, Digital platform-enabled work, Disruptive tech (AI, ML, Cloud), Skills & Education, Inclusion, Displaced Youth & Refugees, Women and Girls
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Incluyeme.com is a B company, a certified social enterprise, which promotes the social and labor inc... View more lusion of people with disabilities. Incluyeme.com is present in 14 countries in Latin America, has worked with more than 700 companies, has included more than 3,500 people with disabilities in the labor sector and has registered more than 240,000 people with disabilities in its job portal. View less

Region:Latin America and Caribbean Country:Argentina, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic
Key Themes:Inclusion, Persons with Disabilities, Future of Work, Digital job matching platforms
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International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)

IREX is a global development and education organization. We strive for a more just, prosperous, and ... View more inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive. IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Our work includes reducing corruption, stopping misinformation, and building social trust. IREX's approach to youth development is to increase youth’s abilities to better position them for work and participation in society, improve opportunities to help youth apply and strengthen those abilities, and support institutions to become more responsive to youth needs while empowering youth as forces for positive change. View less

Region:Global Country:Kenya, Malawi, Guatemala, Iraq
Key Themes:Skills & Education, Inclusion, Health & Emotional Resilience
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