• Build Your Labor Market Assessment Toolkit: A Hands-On Introduction to Analyzing Youth Employment Opportunities

    Friday, September 29, 2017 at 01:45 PM
    Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA

    Making Cents will organize a “Build Your Labor Market Assessment Toolkit: A Hands-On Introduction to Analyzing Youth Employment Opportunities” training session on September 29, 2017 from 1:45 PM to 4:15 PM at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Crystal Gateway Marriott.

    In this interactive session led by FHI 360 and facilitated by USAID, participants will learn about the key uses and components of a labor market assessment, and have the chance to test out a number of powerful and innovative tools that can help them answer important questions about a labor market system. How do stakeholders act and interact? How can changes in the global, national, and local economic context affect employment opportunities for youth, and employers’ demand for skills? What do these changes mean for female youth, rural youth, and others? How do young people move through the educational system and into the labor market? Participants will gain knowledge of tools drawn from a range of disciplines, learning to use both qualitative and quantitative information to analyze the nature and dynamics of labor supply and demand, and the alignment between the two (or lack thereof) in a labor market system.

     

    Presenters:

    Eleanor Sohnen, FHI 360, Technical Advisor (USA)

    Mónica Ferrey, Thriive Nicaragua, Business Development Officer (Nicaragua)

    Olga Merchán, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Education Youth and Workforce Development Advisor (USA)

     

  • Advancing the Field

    Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 08:00 AM through September 12, 2014
    Washington, DC

    The Workforce Connections Community of Practice held an “Advancing the Field” event on September 11th and 12th, 2014 at FHI 360’s conference center.  The event highlighted the tracks; Social Safety Nets, Value Chains, Financial Services and Vocational Skills Training. 

    This event reflected on the learnings of the last nine years of the project and how they have informed emerging trends, but also how to draw from what we’ve learned to introduce new ways of framing today’s complex development problems.  Key sessions included:

         - What’s Beyond Vocational?:  The Need to Think Systems and the Need to Collaborate
         - Work Readiness: Highlighting Core Competencies and Building Job Search Skills
         - Digital Literacy: The New Language of Employment
         - From Value Chains to Market Systems
         - Big Data for Development

    There was also a focus on systems thinking, with speaker Peter Senge: System Archetypes and Emergent Futures: Reflections on Facilitating System Change.

     

  • Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

    Monday, October 06, 2014 at 08:00 AM through October 08, 2014
    Washington, DC in Washington, DC

    The 8th Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit took place from October 6-8, 2014 just outside of Washington, DC convening 400+ leading funders, private sector, implementers, policy-makers, educators, and youth leaders from 50 countries working to increase economic opportunities for young people. 

    The Summit featured 5 learning tracks and 2 spotlights.  The workforce development learning track focused on how to support young people to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for gainful employment or improved work performance; and how to provide employers with an effective means to communicate and meet their demand for skills. 

     

  • Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

    Monday, October 06, 2014 at 12:00 PM through October 08, 2014
    Washington, DC

    The 8th Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit took place October 6-8, 2014 just outside of Washington, DC convening 400+ leading funders, private sector, implementers, policy-makers, educators, and youth leaders from 50 countries working to increase economic opportunities for young people.

    The Summit featured 5 learning tracks and 2 spotlights.  The workforce development learning track focused on how to support young people to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for gainful employment or improved work performance; and how to provide employers with an effective means to communicate and meet their demand for skills. 

     

  • A Multi-Generational Approach to Global Poverty Alleviation

    Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    New America Foundation in Washington, DC

    The New American Foundation held a panel discussion to explore these critical questions:

    1. What is the connection between youth financial inclusion and poverty alleviation?

    2. What role, if any, can/will financial institutions play?

    3. How can regulatory environments better foster youth financial inclusion?

     

  • Building a Better Working World: Solving the Global Youth Employment Crisis

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM
    National Press Club in Washington, DC

    Around the world, unemployment among young people has grown into an epidemic, one that threatens economic growth and social stability in dozens of countries for decades to come. 

    At this policy forum, a panel of experts used their research and knowledge in workforce development and education to not only shed light on the crisis, but also recommend practical steps for addressing youth unemployment based upon a research agenda, field testing, and tools for scaling evidence-based practices.