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.