S4YE Resources

USING EVIDENCE-BASED CONCLUSIONS TO IMPACT THE FUTURE OF YOUTH IN THE WORKFORCE

S4YE believes that shared knowledge and resources can drive a revolution in youth employment services and job creation. That’s why it is building a resource library filled with research, guides, and tools designed to support evidence-based decision making.

In this way, S4YE and its partners can build global youth employment services based on solid evidence of what’s working - and what’s not.

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Annual Reports/Thematic Reports
Reports that focus on a specific topic of interest to the youth employment community.
Briefs/Concept Notes
Helpful resources for those looking to scale their initiatives.
Events/Engagement
Thought leadership on youth employment and ways to engage with partners and stakeholders.
How can we Support the Employment of Vulnerable Youth During and After COVID-19?

How can we Support the Employment of Vulnerable Youth During and After COVID-19 Webinar?

COVID-19 has put the jobs of millions of youth, especially in the informal sector, at risk. Estimates suggest that more than one in six young people have stopped working due to the pandemic. S4YE joined the Local Economic Development Series on October 7th, 2020 session to explore strategies to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to facilitate longer-term resilience and stronger recovery from COVID-19. The session brought together panelists from S4YE's network to discuss how organizations are reviving small and medium businesses, increasing private sector engagement, leveraging new digital job opportunities, and increasing virtual learning access for vulnerable youth.

Opening remarks were given by Ian Walker, Manager, Jobs Group, World Bank and Ingo Wiederhofer, Practice Manager, Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice, World Bank. The fire side chat was moderated by Namita Datta,  Program Manager, S4YE. The speakers included:

Mamadou Biteye, Vice President, Social Impact for Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa, (CEMEA) region at Visa, based in Dubai,

Rob Urquhart, Lead, Knowledge & Research, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator,

Akshay Kashyap, Deputy Head, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna, National Skill Development Corporation, India, and

Colin Blackwell, Founder, Enablecode.

You can find full access to the slides, webinar recording, and other resources here.

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PUBLICATION DATE: October 2020

 How Technology Can Help Incorporate Youth Voice In Employment Programs?

S4YE Knowledge Brief Issue 11 | How Technology Can Help Incorporate Youth Voice In Employment Programs?

As youth unemployment rates continue to rise across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, youth employment practitioners must ask how to put youth voice in the driving seat of programs and policies for dignified work. Incorporating youth voice into the design of youth employment programs ensures that organizations understand how to efficiently meet the current local market demands and address the specific constraints facing youth. Additionally, it ensures that organizations consider a range of factors that are based on gender, socio-economic status, disable youth, and indigenous youth to ensure that the best approach is being undertaken by youth employment programs.

In this Knowledge Brief, we discuss the importance of incorporating youth voice in the design of youth employment programs and the factors organizations must consider when utilizing radio, short message service (SMS) text, and social media platforms. This Brief also features how technology platforms have been used by S4YE’s Partners and the World Bank, to incorporate youth voice in projects. The Note highlights practical insights, challenges, and solutions that can help youth practitioners.

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PUBLICATION DATE: October 2020

How are Youth Employment programs adapting to COVID‒19?

S4YE Knowledge Brief Issue 10 | How are Youth Employment programs adapting to COVID‒19?

In this Knowledge Brief, we highlight different ways in which youth employment projects in S4YE’s community of practice, the Impact Portfolio, are adapting their strategies and delivery models in response to COVID‒19. Based on recent and ongoing discussions with our partners, we see six main trends that programs are using to maintain operational and programmatic continuity. These include scaling of virtual operations, crowdsourcing ideas from youth, accelerating remote learning, encouraging youth voice, increased support for micro, small and medium enterprises, and leveraging new growth opportunities. Overall, we see a deepening and widening of the ways our partners are using digital technology to be effective and to reach more youth in these challenging times.

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PUBLICATION DATE: October 2020

The Power of Youth Communities In Scaling Up Skills Innovation

The Power of Youth Communities In Scaling Up Skills Innovation

Gülcan Yayla, Co-Founder and CEO of Kodluyoruz (We Code), and Youth Advisory Group (YAG) board member introduced the journey of how their organization scaled their award-winning technology-based skills development initiatives in all 81 cities of Turkey, reaching more than 30,000 people in only less than four years. The webinar elaborated on the importance of youth communities in achieving a sustainable and scalable skills program anywhere in the world. Kodluyoruz is a social enterprise working to make Turkey a worldwide talent hub for technology sector while addressing the youth unemployment and underemployment problems. Gülcan holds an MBA and MSW Joint Degree from Washington University in St. Louis as a McDonnell International Academy Scholar, along with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University. Before moving back to Turkey for Kodluyoruz, she worked for Malala Fund and World Bank in Washington, D.C. to support girls’ education and to provide strategic directions to governments on how to adapt education systems to the third industrial revolution. She also worked as a strategic planning and business development consultant for 3 years in Turkey.  

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PUBLICATION DATE: October 2020

Engaging youth to help with food security

How do we engage young people in the agriculture sector to build a more sustainable and resilient global food systems post-Covid-19?

Cherrie Atilano, Founder and CEO of AGREA, and Youth Advisory Group (YAG) board member, led an engaging webinar on how young people employed in the agriculture sector can build a sustainable global food system post COVID-19. Cherrie started teaching farmers at the age of 12, has 22 years of vast experience in Sustainable Food Systems, and is the recipient of numerous global awards.

Before the pandemic, AGREA provided training in agricultural entrepreneurship. Her organization has successfully utilized young people and young farmers in the Philippines during COVID-19. AGREA has helped over 20,182 Filipino small-farmer holders reach over 70,527 Filipino families with nearly 177,000 kilos of fruit and vegetables. Additionally, AGREA has donated to 10 kitchens feeding front-liners and delivered 154 GrowKits for urban agriculture.

She is a High-Level Ambassador of the United Nations Scaling Up Nutrition, she is a part of the 2020 class World Economic Forum’s foundation for remarkable leaders under 40, and a Board Member of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) based in Geneva, Switzerland and United People Global based in Zurich Switzerland. She was also newly appointed as the Philippine Ambassadress on Food Security.  

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PUBLICATION DATE: September 2020

Orange Economy: As a Driver of Jobs for Youth Thematic Note Issue 1

Orange Economy: As a Driver of Jobs for Youth Thematic Note Issue 1

The orange economy contributes to creating approximately 30 million jobs in the world. During the COVID-19 crisis, arts and creative activities have helped support people in isolation and confinement. This new S4YE Thematic Note brings in several concrete examples of projects that have used the creative sectors to support job creation. The Note discusses five main types of interventions like:

  • nurturing human capital, 
  • providing access to finance, 
  • expanding access to markets, 
  • building networks and clusters, and 
  • harnessing digital technology to support the sector. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: September 2020

Designing Virtual Internship Programs

Designing Virtual Internship Programs

This webinar highlighted Accenture's experience in pivoting to a virtual delivery of their Skills to Succeed Internship program in the wake of COVID-19. In addition to managing the outreach and recruitment of interns, and the logistics of sending the equipment , speakers also talked about how suitable teams, mentors and projects were identified and how staff were trained to ensure that they were adequately prepared to mentor incoming interns. Speakers identified specific challenges around internet connectivity, broken laptops, and communication disruptions, and ways in which they were able to address them. You can find full access to Accenture's UK Movement to Work Virtual Placement Toolkit here.

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PUBLICATION DATE: July 2020

Addressing Employment Obstacles For Young Syrian Refugee Women

This Note builds on research covering the three countries with the highest concentration of Syrian refugees displaced since 2011: Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. It is intended to inform policymakers and practitioners on the barriers that Syrian refugees, especially women, face in securing work to earn a livelihood. This Note highlights initiatives designed to address those barriers, but does not enumerate all of them. While not specifically addressing internally-displaced persons (IDPs) within Syria, this Note could serve as a blueprint for examining and addressing many of the same barriers women face in Syria.

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PUBLICATION DATE: June 2020

How Organizations Can Adapt To Virtual Operations During COVID-19 – Tools For E-Learning and Remote Work

How Organizations Can Adapt To Virtual Operations During COVID-19 – Tools For E-Learning and Remote Work

As organizations around the world navigate the transition to remote work, constraints of internet connectivity make this transition even more challenging. Private sector companies globally are stepping up to offer technology products and tools that can make this transition easier. This S4YE webinar featured Juan Cuadros from SAP and Apurva Chandra from Microsoft who both spoke about their organizations e-learning solutions and demonstrated use cases from developing countries to highlight how organizations can use e-learning platforms, even in low-connectivity environments, to meet community needs during COVID-19 times. SAP Litmos is a cloud-based solution that unifies virtual, classroom, mobile, and social learning, and empowers training departments, service leaders, HR teams to collaborate, author, globally distribute, and track web-based training courses, as well as schedule and track instructor-led courses. Learn more here. Microsoft Community Training is an azure powered platform that supports personalized learning for a large-scale mobile-based community. It is affordable, easy to manage and provides robust security and privacy protection through an easy-to-use UI or via REST APIs. Learn more here.

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PUBLICATION DATE: May 2020

Jobs Interventions for Young Women in the Digital Economy

This Jobs Solutions Note identifies practical solutions for development practitioners to proactively integrate gender inclusion in digital jobs programs. Based on curated knowledge and evidence for a specific topic and relevant to jobs, the Jobs Solutions Notes are not intended to be exhaustive; they provide key lessons, solutions and approaches synthesized from the experiences of the World Bank Group and partners. This Note draws from S4YE’s 2018 annual report, Digital Jobs for Youth: Young Women in the Digital Economy, highlighting new and emerging strategies to designing gender-inclusive digital jobs interventions for youth. The Note employs a nuanced definition of “digital jobs” to enable practitioners and policy makers to develop a range of interventions tailored to specific contexts and target groups, to improve young women’s employment outcomes from digital jobs programs.

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PUBLICATION DATE: April 2020

Apprenticeships in Ghana: Insights From Two Perspectives Webinar

Apprenticeships in Ghana: Insights From Two Perspectives Webinar

This S4YE webinar featured Isabelle Salcher from New York University and Karla Yoder from Global Communities. The seminar focused on the the effects of a nationwide, government-sponsored apprenticeship program in Ghana and the YIEDIE project which implemented an apprenticeship that provided over 14,000 youth with technical skills. You can find access to the National Apprenticeship Program Ghana Experimental Evidence presentation slides here and the YIEDIE Ghana apprenticeship model Global Communities presentation here.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 2020

How Innovative Ways To Expand Broadband Connectivity Can Create Youth Employment Opportunities

This S4YE webinar featured Georges Houngbonon from IFC and Todd Cotts from Intelsat. The session focused on how enabling broadband infrastructure in rural and hard-to-reach regions can boost youth employment opportunities. Broadband is integral to social and economic activity globally, however access to internet connectivity remains a significant challenge in many countries.

Innovative private sector-led solutions can enable broadband connectivity in remote regions, and this can lead to more employment opportunities. Broadband connectivity can enhance entrepreneurship and self-employment opportunities by creating new markets (e.g. electronic devices sales and repairing, distribution of ancillary services like cybercafes); and lowering the costs of setting up and running traditional businesses.

The lack of electricity has been a key barrier to broadband access in rural areas. However, today telecom companies and network operators are breaking market barriers to jointly provide energy efficient solutions to access power and broadband connectivity at the same time – which in turn can lead to more micro-businesses that can further create several job opportunities in the community - like setting up and running solar powered-phone charging kiosks, maintenance of solar home systems etc.

You can find video access to this webinar here.

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PUBLICATION DATE: March 2020

Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Job Matching Platforms

This S4YE webinar featured Skilllab and JobKred. The session touched upon several perspectives like, use of AI across the workforce transformation value chain to recommend career, training, and jobs;   using these platforms to integrate refugees into local labor markets better;   translating personal and voluntary ‘’experiences” into skill profiles that could be used for signaling to employers.

In addition to sharing many use cases, the speakers emphasized key design elements of their respective platforms so that these tools do not reinforce labor market occupational and gender biases and maintain data privacy while working with developing country governments. The webinar also delved into the common challenges faced in implementation such as lack of adequate data, local jobs and the need for a strong local partner to make these solutions truly effective.

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PUBLICATION DATE: February 2020

Designing Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

The webinar, featuring speakers from the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN), TransZed Apprenticeships, The Adecco Group, Zurich Insurance Group and Intel delved into the business case for implementing Work-Based Learning programs and highlighted different models across industries and sectors that can lead to win-win outcomes for both the private sector and the youth. Using examples from their own experience, speakers highlighted key design elements in their WBL programs. They talked about the need for work contracts for apprentices in formal labor markets; the importance of certification to ensure portability of skills; and the value in partnering with local universities to design demand-driven ‘Dual Education’ programs. The webinar also underscored the need for consortiums in building industry alliances and bringing SMEs in each sector together to promote more institutionalized WBL programs among the private sector.

This webinar is part of the 'S4YE- Insights from the Private Sector' webinar series- an ongoing web series that facilitates dialogue between youth employment practitioners and private sector companies around the world. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: January 2020

The Virtual Market Place: Connecting Women-Owned SMEs to E-Commerce Platforms in MENA

S4YE Knowledge Brief Issue 9 | The Virtual Market Place: Connecting Women-Owned SMEs to E-Commerce Platforms in MENA

In this Knowledge Brief, we examine how the World Bank’s ‘E-Commerce for Women-Led SMEs’ project addresses the constraints faced by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) run or managed by women operating in: Algeria; Djibouti; the Arab Republic of Egypt; Jordan; Lebanon; Morocco; and Tunisia. We specifically highlight how the World Bank seeks to support women-led SMEs (WSMEs) in the Middle East North Africa region (MENA) in accessing global markets through e-commerce platforms, and the strategies used to help WSMEs to access financial resources, develop capacity, and increase sales.

The MENA e-commerce Project is part of the World Bank Group’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), a joint global initiative of the World Bank and International Finance Corporation that tests innovations and scales up successful pilots under three thematic pillars—strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems, expanding financial services, and improving market access—and includes research, investment, advice, partnerships and peer-learning efforts. The program aims to reach 43,000 women entrepreneurs and catalyze 40,000 loans to WSMEs.

This Brief is part of the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) Knowledge Brief series focusing on the design and implementation of youth employment programs. This Brief builds on S4YE’s 2018 annual report, Digital Jobs for Youth: Young Women in the Digital Economy, which highlights new and emerging strategies for practitioners designing digital jobs interventions for youth.

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PUBLICATION DATE: January 2020

The Power of E-Work: Creating Opportunities for Young Women in the West Bank and Gaza

S4YE Knowledge Brief Issue 8 | The Power of E-Work: Creating Opportunities for Young Women in the West Bank and Gaza

In this Knowledge Brief, we examine how the World Bank’s ‘Gaza Emergency Cash for Work and Self-Employment Support’ project is supporting NGOs that are connecting unemployed youth with online work opportunities. The project will help to fund skills training and digital job support to 750 youth (including 375 young women). We specifically highlight challenges facing young women in the West Bank and Gaza – who experience high rates of unemployment – and the strategies used to encourage their program participation and empower them to engage in e-work.

This Brief is part of the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) Knowledge Brief series focusing on the design and implementation of youth employment programs. This Brief builds on S4YE’s 2018 annual report, Digital Jobs for Youth: Young Women in the Digital Economy, which highlights new and emerging strategies for practitioners designing digital jobs interventions for youth.

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PUBLICATION DATE: January 2020

Digital Jobs for Youth in FCV Settings: Lessons from the Click-On Kaduna Pilot

S4YE Knowledge Brief Issue 7 | Digital Jobs for Youth in FCV Settings: Lessons from the Click-On Kaduna Pilot

In this Knowledge Brief, we examine strategies the World Bank’s ‘Digital Jobs in Nigeria’ pilot project team adopted to help vulnerable youth in conflict-affected areas to leverage employment opportunities in the digital economy. The pilot provides training for unemployed and under-employed youth in Kaduna State to pursue digital jobs, including online freelancing and digital entrepreneurship. We specifically highlight the team’s responses to several challenges, including: managing security threats; navigating limited ICT infrastructure; building a local tech ecosystem; adapting to restrictive sociocultural norms; and integrating local knowledge.

This Brief is part of the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) Knowledge Brief series focusing on the design and implementation of youth employment programs. This Brief builds on S4YE’s 2018 annual report, Digital Jobs for Youth: Young Women in the Digital Economy, which highlights new and emerging strategies for practitioners designing digital jobs interventions for youth.

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PUBLICATION DATE: January 2020

S4YE's Impact Portfolio- A Factbook

This factbook is designed to aide practitioners and highlights interesting design elements from the 44 youth employment programs that 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.

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PUBLICATION DATE: January 2020

Stimulating Agri-prenuership as Solution to Youth Employment Webinar

Stimulating Agri-prenuership as Solution to Youth Employment Webinar

The webinar, featuring speakers from Nestle’ and IFC delved into two key aspects of agri-prenuership  - 1) how to attract youth into the agricultural value chain and 2) how to sustain them. The webinar highlighted the need to connect agri-prenuers across the agricultural value chain, and the role of the private sector in doing so. Using a wide range of examples, the speakers talked about interesting private sector led solutions like innovative blended financing for smallholder farmers, guaranteed access to markets through supply chain models, and institutionalized training and technical assistance, that could enable future farmers to find viable employment opportunities in the agri-space.

This webinar is part of the ‘S4YE – Insights from the Private Sector’ webinar series - an ongoing web series that facilitates dialogue between youth employment practitioners and private sector companies around the world. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: December 2019

How Artificial Intelligence is Creating Jobs for Low Income Youth Webinar

How Artificial Intelligence is Creating Jobs for Low Income Youth Webinar

The webinar, featuring speakers from Microsoft, iMerit and IFC, highlighted how AI and disruptive technologies have a complex relationship with job creation. While many routine tasks are being automated, the speakers highlighted several innovative ways in which disruptive technologies are making jobs accessible to very low income disadvantaged youth (through an interesting impact sourcing model); or helping firms increase productivity or creating innovative solutions to constraints faced by young entrepreneurs ( like access to credit or payments through fintech solutions;  or connection to markets through ecommerce platforms; or access to real time weather information to small holder farmers.)

This webinar is part of the ‘S4YE – Insights from the Private Sector’ webinar series - an ongoing web series that facilitates dialogue between youth employment practitioners and private sector companies around the world. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: November 2019

Regional Youth Employment Forum: Learning from Innovations in Youth Employment

Regional Youth Employment Forum: Learning from Innovations in Youth Employment Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – Thursday, November 14, 2019 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

On November 13 and 14, 2019 S4YE in collaboration with the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs team in Ethiopia held its first Regional Youth Employment Forum 'Learning from Innovations in Youth Employment' in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This inaugural event brought together S4YE’s network of core partners for the first time in-person in the Africa region to:

• Convene the newly expanded S4YE Impact Portfolio in Africa to share exciting innovations in the field of youth employment and discuss practical design ideas on specific technical topics and learn from experts, and

• Use insights from these technical discussions as input for the design of the planned Ethiopia Urban Safety Net and Jobs Project.

More than 170 participants of the Forum included World Bank Group teams leading youth employment operations globally and in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Kenya; Senior Government representatives from Ethiopia; Senior executives from Private Sector firms which are part of the S4YE network; Members of S4YE’s Impact Portfolio, a community of innovative youth employment projects and Technical experts and other stakeholders. Click here to learn more about the Forum as it happened, and check this page to download the presentations, photos and videos!  

PUBLICATION DATE: November 2019

Knowledge Repository and Project Portal

S4YE Knowledge Repository and Project Portal

Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) has launched two new virtual tools to help practitioners leading youth employment operations: S4YE Knowledge Repository and the S4YE Project Portal. S4YE’s Knowledge Repository is a global inventory of over 200 practical toolkits, guidance notes, and other resources curated to help youth employment practitioners design, implement, and scale programs. The S4YE Project Portal provides information on over 100 youth employment operations being implemented by the World Bank, as well as all 44 youth employment projects within S4YE’s Impact Portfolio community of practice. Click here to read the blog about these resources

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2019

S4YE Global Youth Leaders

S4YE Global Youth Leaders

Unemployment is hitting young people the hardest. The ILO estimates that youth unemployment rates are 300 percent higher than unemployment rates for adults over 25 years old. But young people are not standing by and waiting for opportunities to come their way. Many of them are actively engaged in tackling the challenge. Listen to the interview of three youth leaders from the Solutions for Youth Employment Youth Advisory Group who are tackling youth unemployment challenges in their own countries.

PUBLICATION DATE: August 2019

Grant Writing Webinar

Young social entrepreneurs can play a vital role in reducing youth unemployment by creating opportunities for those around them. However, one common challenge that social ventures face is raising funds that would make their businesses or initiatives sustainable. Every new or growing social venture might need to map relevant donors and come up with effective strategies for fundraising. Fundraising can take many shapes from submitting a grant proposal to crowdfunding. The first in the Youth Advisory Group webinar series focuses on grant writing. 

Grant Writing webinar provides expert opinion on successful grant applications. S4YE partners will share information about what is effective in writing grant proposals, demonstrating how young entrepreneurs could improve their grant writing skills to make their ventures more sustainable. Please download the presentation to view the presentations. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: June 2019

S4YE Mentoring Clinic

Young entrepreneurs are vital to global economic development. But with millions of unemployed young people around the world, their potential is going unrealized. Mentoring is often an essential part of the support package that organizations provide to entrepreneurs and is a vital ingredient in their success. Building and running a successful mentoring program is challenging, and for mentoring to be effective a robust approach to the application, the design is essential. S4YE convened a workshop for S4YE partners to share information about their successful mentorship programs for young entrepreneurs. Please click download to view their presentations. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: May 2019

S4YE Impact Portfolio Flyer

One of the pillars of S4YE’s work to promote bottom-up understanding of live and ongoing innovations in the field is its community of practice, the “Impact Portfolio” (IP). Launched in January 2017, the IP is currently made up of 19 high-potential and innovative youth employment projects. Building on the success of this first phase, and keeping up with the need for agile innovations in the rapidly changing world of work, the IP community would like to expand its network. The objective of this expansion is to identify and reach out to youth employment projects that are developing cutting edge innovations to join this learning community. This flyer details the Impact Portfolio and the expansion process. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: April 2019

S4YE Private Sector Advisory Council Flyer

S4YE has identified private sector engagement as a cross-cutting theme for all its activities. S4YE actions have included novel research on private sectors’ role in skills training, and engagement of private enterprises in the development of innovative operations to tackle youth employment. The private sector has also played a key role in S4YE’s governance with a significant voice on S4YE’s Board. To further advance the understanding and effectiveness of private sector engagement, S4YE is now developing a Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) that will consist of senior level representatives from a select group of companies. This flyer details the strategic vision of S4YE PSAC, including a list of potential future activities. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: April 2019

S4YE Flyer

This flyer details the strategic vision of S4YE, including a breakdown of its past accomplishments and future activities.

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PUBLICATION DATE: April 2019

Integrated Youth Employment Programs: A Stocktake of Evidence on what works in Youth Employment programs

This Note is a stocktake summarizing evidence on “what works” in youth employment programs on both the supply and demand side. Employment outcomes refer both to direct and indirect job creation, including through firm start-up, as well as improvements in the quality of jobs as manifested in higher earnings as self-employment or increases in household income. This paper is based on an extensive desk literature review and analyzes the major meta-analysis and literature reviews on both the labor demand side and labor supply side.

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PUBLICATION DATE: March 2019

Integration: A New Approach to Youth Employment Programs

This guide aims to provide general guidance to project managers and project teams on the design and implementation of integrated, cross-sectoral youth employment programs. Traditionally, youth employment programs have focused primarily on supply-side interventions—that is, those dealing with individual constraints to accessing or moving between jobs. Many of these programs have had limited labor market impacts. On the other hand, most interventions on the demand side, which focus on providing support to firms, do not specifically target job creation—and fewer still specifically target youth. Governments and development institutions too often implement activities and programs that target either the supply side or the demand side of the labor market without coordination or an explicit intent to create linkages that will maximize the impact of their interventions and improve job opportunities for youth. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: March 2019

Meeting the Challenge of Youth Unemployment: Analysis and Lessons from Jordan, Liberia, and South Africa

Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) partnered with a diverse group of student researchers from the Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs for research on three countries in which the Bank is currently designing youth employment operations - Jordan, Liberia and South Africa. Over the course of four months, the students worked with the Task Team Leaders in the Social Protection and Jobs Group, conducted stocktake and gap analysis and compiled their findings in a report “Meeting the Challenge of Youth Unemployment: Analysis and Lessons from Jordan, Liberia, and South Africa”. They interviewed representatives from select programs, country/topic experts and local youth themselves, cataloguing a total of 108 interventions.

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PUBLICATION DATE: February 2019

Digital Jobs For Youth: Young Women in the Digital Economy (Executive Summary)

S4YE's 2018 Annual Report, Digital Jobs: Young Women in the Digital Economy, provides operational recommendations for the design and implementation of gender-inclusive digital jobs interventions for youth. Co-authored by S4YE coalition members including The Rockefeller Foundation, Plan International, RAND Corporation, and the World Bank Group, the report develops a new typology of digital jobs, and draws insights from 19 case studies based on past and ongoing employment programs implemented and/or supported by S4YE coalition members that connected youth with digital jobs opportunities.  

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PUBLICATION DATE: November 2018

Knowledge Brief Issue 6: Supporting social entrepreneurship through youth employment interventions

This Knowledge Brief aims to serve as basic guidance on developing and designing a social entrepreneurship program to combat youth employment challenges. This is the second in a series of two Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) Knowledge Briefs that study the role of social enterprises in youth employment through two main dimensions (1) as youth employment programs and (2) in creating entrepreneurs that launch social enterprises. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: September 2018

Digital Jobs for Youth: Young Women in the Digital Economy

Digital Jobs for Youth: Young Women in the Digital Economy

S4YE's 2018 Annual Report, Digital Jobs: Young Women in the Digital Economy, provides operational recommendations for the design and implementation of gender-inclusive digital jobs interventions for youth. Co-authored by S4YE coalition members including The Rockefeller Foundation, Plan International, RAND Corporation, and the World Bank Group, the report develops a new typology of digital jobs, and draws insights from 19 case studies based on past and ongoing employment programs implemented and/or supported by S4YE coalition members that connected youth with digital jobs opportunities.  

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PUBLICATION DATE: September 2018

Knowledge Brief Issue 5: Social Enterprises: A Win-Win Approach for Youth Employment

Knowledge Brief Issue 5: Social Enterprises: A Win-Win Approach for Youth Employment

 In this Knowledge Brief we discuss ways in which youth employment programs can apply the social enterprise approach in their operations. It outlines where social enterprises fit in the landscape of youth employment, characteristics that make the model suitable, the types of social enterprises that can function as youth employment programs, and an example of the social enterprise approach in action from Digital Divide Data’s (DDD) impact sourcing work in Cambodia, Laos, and Kenya. This Brief is part of the S4YE Knowledge Brief series, which highlights the nuts and bolts of youth employment programs. 

 

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PUBLICATION DATE: August 2018

Knowledge Brief Issue 4

Knowledge Brief Issue 4: Leveraging Youth Employment Program Beneficiary Data

In this Knowledge Briefwe discuss ways in which youth employment programs can make strategic use of their data. This Brief is part of the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) Knowledge Brief series, which highlights the nuts and bolts of youth employment programs.

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PUBLICATION DATE: May 2018

Bringing More Women into Tech in Latin America

Presentation for S4YE IP Virtual Workshop on Gender in Youth Employment (Ana Maria Martinez, Laboratoria)

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PUBLICATION DATE: March 2018

Attitudes and Norms on Women's Employment in MENA

Presentation from S4YE IP Virtual Workshop on Gender in Youth Employment. (Drew Gardiner, ILO)

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PUBLICATION DATE: March 2018

Gender and Youth Employment Programs

Presentation from S4YE IP Virtual Workshop on Gender in Youth Employment. (Delores McLaughlin, Plan International)

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PUBLICATION DATE: March 2018

Knowledge Brief: Transportation Costs and Youth Employment

This brief highlights the challenge transport costs (TCs) present towards youth getting a job and some potential solutions to overcome it. We also share an in-depth example of a solution at work with Harambee's experience in South Africa. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: March 2018

Strategy for Youth Participation in S4YE

In 2017, S4YE partnered with Restless Development to consult young people and S4YE partners on how youth could and should be involved in the Coalition’s operations. As a result, Restless Development produced this recommendations report.

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PUBLICATION DATE: January 2018

Tounes Ta3mal

Innovative Applications of Technology in Youth Employment Projects: Tounes Ta3mal

This presentation from the second IP Virtual Workshop covers Silatech's methods for creating and using youth beneficiary data to improve job matching capacity, currently being applied in the Tounes Ta3mal project initiated b Silatech and Microsoft.

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PUBLICATION DATE: December 2017

Save the Children PPT

Innovative Applications of Technology in Youth Employment Projects: Save the Children

This presentation from the second IP Virtual Workshop covers Save the Children's experience in developing and integrating digital solutions into existing youth employment projects.

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PUBLICATION DATE: December 2017

IYF

Presentation from the event “Advancing the Field: How Private Sector is Driving Innovation to Address Youth Employment” (Ritu Sharma, Regional Director, Eurasia and Director, Global Center for Gender & Youth, International Youth Foundation)

PUBLICATION DATE: November 2017

World Bank

Moving Toward a New Generation of Youth Employment Guidelines

Presentation from the event “Advancing the Field: How Private Sector is Driving Innovation to Address Youth Employment” (David Robalino, Manager, Jobs, World Bank)

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PUBLICATION DATE: November 2017

TechChange

Leveraging Blockchain for Youth Development

Presentation from the event “Advancing the Field: How Private Sector is Driving Innovation to Address Youth Employment” (Nick Martin, CEO, TechChange)

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PUBLICATION DATE: November 2017

Microsoft

Preparing Youth for Digital Jobs

Presentation from the event “Advancing the Field: How Private Sector is Driving Innovation to Address Youth Employment” (Yvonne Thomas, Director, Global Programs, Microsoft Philanthropies)

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PUBLICATION DATE: November 2017

LinkedIn

Dissecting the Data – Highlights from Recent Skills Gap Research

Presentation from the event “Advancing the Field: How Private Sector is Driving Innovation to Address Youth Employment” (Nicole Isaac, Head of U.S. Public Policy, LinkedIn)

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PUBLICATION DATE: November 2017

Accenture

Innovation for Youth Employment

Presentation from the event “Advancing the Field: How Private Sector is Driving Innovation to Address Youth Employment” (Sean Burke, Strategy and Innovation Lead, Global Corporate Citizenship, Accenture)

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PUBLICATION DATE: November 2017

WBG

Introduction to the Jobs M&E Toolkit

This presentation from the first IP Virtual Workshop highlights key aspects of the World Bank’s Jobs M&E toolkit, providing concrete and consistent definitions for indicators on key outcomes related to job access, job creation, and job quality.

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PUBLICATION DATE: November 2017

Generation

Cost per Employed Day Overview

This presentation from the first IP Virtual Workshop explains Generation's Cost per Employed Day metric, which combines cost per beneficiary, employment rates, and retention rate at the job and shifts attention to tracking costs in relation to outcomes rather than outputs.

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PUBLICATION DATE: November 2017

IP Report

New and Promising Approaches in Youth Employment Programs: The S4YE Impact Portfolio

The Impact Portfolio (IP) consists of 19 youth employment projects spanning 15 countries across the globe. S4YE completed 25+ one-on-one consultation calls across the projects to identify their innovative approaches and context-specific technological solutions. This report has two main objectives: The first is to provide youth employment practitioners insights into important aspects of the operations, design, and innovations of the 19 projects in the IP. The second is to support the development of this group of 19 projects as a live learning community and catalyst of innovation in the global youth employment space.

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PUBLICATION DATE: September 2017

Skills Gap or Signaling Gap? Insights from LinkedIn in Emerging Markets of Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa (Executive Summary)

S4YE has collaborated with LinkedIn to use LinkedIn’s unique data base to address the question: what is the alignment, or mismatch, between the skills employers are demanding and those among the young talent supply? This unique piece of research sheds light on labor market trends for entry-level talent in emerging economies, assesses mismatch in how skills are signaled, and shares recommendations for skills training providers, employers, and youth. It focuses on four middle-income countries (Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa) and analyzes 390,000 entry-level postings and 6.4 million LinkedIn profiles of youth ages 21-29 to better understand top industries of employment, as well as recruitment and skills trends.

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PUBLICATION DATE: September 2017

Skills Gap or Signaling Gap? Insights from LinkedIn in Emerging Markets of Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa (Full Report)

S4YE has collaborated with LinkedIn to use LinkedIn’s unique data base to address the question: what is the alignment, or mismatch, between the skills employers are demanding and those among the young talent supply? This unique piece of research sheds light on labor market trends for entry-level talent in emerging economies, assesses mismatch in how skills are signaled, and shares recommendations for skills training providers, employers, and youth. It focuses on four middle-income countries (Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa) and analyzes 390,000 entry-level postings and 6.4 million LinkedIn profiles of youth ages 21-29 to better understand top industries of employment, as well as recruitment and skills trends.

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PUBLICATION DATE: September 2017

Coordination

Knowledge Brief: Promoting Coordination to Advance Employment Services for Youth

This brief will inform, inspire, and guide employment service providers, government, businesses, and civil society agencies seeking to strengthen youth employment outcomes through impactful employment services to better design and coordinate their activities.

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PUBLICATION DATE: August 2017

Linkages

Knowledge Brief: Linkages and Youth Employment - Opportunities in Extractives and Infrastructure

Approaches that ignite the private sector and generate jobs that harness the productive capacity of young people are increasingly essential. Linkage-oriented strategies can open up supply and value chains and stimulate opportunities for youth enterprise and young workers. This brief will inspire and guide corporations, linkage service providers, and donors seeking to promote youth employment through designing or strengthening the activities of impactful linkage programs.

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PUBLICATION DATE: August 2017

S4YE Annual Report 2016 (Summary) – Toward Employment Solutions for Youth On the Move

The executive summary of the full  S4YE Annual Report 2016 – Toward Employment Solutions for Youth On the Move. The report outlines the motivational landscape of youth migration and opportunities and constraints faced by migrating young people in terms of employment and reviews the evidence to identify promising solutions for responding to these constraints.

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PUBLICATION DATE: July 2017

YoM Image

S4YE Annual Report 2016 (Full Report) – Toward Employment Solutions for Youth On the Move

The S4YE 2016 Annual Report on youth migration draws attention to analyses and recommendations on the topical issue of employment dynamics of youth movement and migration. The report outlines the motivational landscape of youth migration and opportunities and constraints faced by migrating young people in terms of employment and reviews the evidence to identify promising solutions for responding to these constraints. Solutions explored in the report include: providing legal pathways to move and work, improving access to employer and destination-specific training and certification, and digital platforms to reduce information asymmetries.

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PUBLICATION DATE: July 2017

S4YE Overview Flyer

S4YE Overview Flyer

This flyer details the strategic vision of S4YE, including a breakdown of its past accomplishments and future activities.

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PUBLICATION DATE: June 2017

How to Get Involved Brochure

How to Get Involved Brochure

An overview of partnership and contribution options to get engaged with S4YE’s mission.

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PUBLICATION DATE: January 2017

The Private Sector and Youth Skills and Employment Programs

The Private Sector and Youth Skills and Employment Programs

This report examines the opportunities and challenges surrounding public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the youth employment sector. It considers a variety of private sector participation models, existing programs, public policy implications, and recommendations for program design. The report was published in collaboration between S4YE and RAND Corporation.

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PUBLICATION DATE: October 2015

S4YE Baseline Report 2015 (Summary)

A condensed version of the full S4YE Baseline report. This inaugural report explores the state of youth employment through a three-part baseline; (1) context, (2) evidence & knowledge, and (3) inclusion.

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PUBLICATION DATE: October 2015

S4YE Baseline Report 2015 (Full Report)

Solutions for Youth Employment was launched in October 2014 as a multi-stakeholder coalition to mobilize efforts to significantly increase the number of young people engaged in productive work by the year 2030. This inaugural report explores the state of youth employment through a three-part baseline; (1) context, (2) evidence & knowledge, and (3) inclusion.

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PUBLICATION DATE: October 2015

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

This is the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) five-year strategic plan for 2015-2020, outlining key areas of work and approaches that the coalition will adopt over this period. *PLEASE NOTE: This document is being updated. You can find the most recent S4YE strategic priorities here

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PUBLICATION DATE: August 2015