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March 2018

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Feature Article: Yak Wai Chee

A Unique Experience of Youth and Sports Development in South-East Asia – by Yik Wai Chee

I vividly recall an encounter with a religious fundamentalist I met in Pakistan who told me that he loved the professional football club Real Madrid and wishes to meet and get a personal signature of the famous football player Cristiano Ronaldo. Having

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Highlights from UN Entities

UNFPA: Rwanda's M4RH

Rwanda’s Mobile for Reproductive Health (M4RH) for Youth

Improving young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health knowledge and services remains an important goal for Rwanda. The M4RH initiative is a smart and innovative solution designed to give young people in Rwanda access to accurate information about sexual and reproductive health. M4RH is an automated, interactive, and on-demand SMS system that provides basic information on topics such as puberty, sex and pregnancy, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in a medium that is widely accepted and used by youth. M4RH ensures youth receive messages through SMS and information is shared in one of the country’s official languages – Kinyarwanda. With information in their hands, youth are taking responsibility to not only learn, but to make informed decisions, securing their health for a better future.

ILO: ECOSOC Youth Forum

Young People call for Action on Decent Work at ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018

At the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York, about 200 participants participated in an interactive conversation known as an “IDEATHON”. The event focused on the role of science, technology and innovation in boosting youth engagement, development and resilience. The conversation linked to the work of partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, building on two of its thematic priorities- digital skills for youth and access to decent work for youth in fragile situations. More.

UNCDF: Youth Start

“Making Finance Work for Youth Now” – A Story from Burkina Faso

UNCDF YouthStart is engaging in a series of case studies dedicated to highlighting the achievements of youth who have benefited from the programme since its launch. After the case study series, YouthStart Team will share a new video to give all stakeholders a first-hand view of how the opportunity to access financial and non-financial services can be a contributing factor for youth empowerment. Below is a story of Ibrahim, a 27-year-old young man from Burkina Faso who saved money to launch his business. Watch the video here.

WFP: Teach for food

Tech for Food Wins Big at the MIT ‘Innovate for Refugees’ Awards Ceremony in Amman

The World Food Programme (WFP)’s Tech for Food was one of the 5 winners of the ‘Innovate for Refugees,’ competition organised by the MIT Enterprise Forum for the Pan Arab region. Tech for Food empowers vulnerable communities in Iraq and Lebanon, with a special focus on youth and women by providing them with the digital skills that they need to find remote work with global tech companies over the internet. This gives them an opportunity for empowerment towards a brighter future. The programme has impacted the lives of 3,000 people and aims to reach 100,000 people over the next 5 years. More.

ILO: Innovations

Innovations, Challenges and Good Practices in Job-ready Digital Skills Training

Mobile Learning Week is the annual United Nations flagship Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education conference that brings together education and technology experts. Using the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and ILO will organize a session on “Innovations, Challenges and Good Practices in Job-ready Digital Skills” training to be held in Paris, from the 26 to 30 March 2018. The objective of the event is to foster a community of practice among job-ready digital skills training providers by facilitating a discussion on innovations, challenges and solutions related to training young people for jobs in the digital economy. More.

ILO: Skills Mismatch

Skills Mismatch: The Digital Skills Employers are Looking For

On 21 March 2018, in Geneva, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will organize an interactive session at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS)  on “skills mismatch: the digital skills employers are looking for”. Under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and its campaign on digital skills for decent jobs for youth, the session will bring together private sector companies who will share their views on the digital skills required in the digital economy.

DPI: Why online courses are trending

Why Online Courses are Trending

Keywords: Education

Hundreds of university students in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and other African countries took to the streets, protesting high tuition fees, lack of equal access to education and inferior learning environments at their institutions. The introduction of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) may, however, provide a lifeline for African students desiring to circumvent college entry difficulties. According to a study by the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School, low and middle income populations make up to 80 percent of MOOCs’ users. In addition, a 2015 survey by Coursera, a prominent MOOCs platform, found that because of taking online courses, an overwhelming 87 percent of participants reported career benefits, with 33 percent mentioning tangible career benefits. Extracted from paper by Africa Renewal.  More.

UNESCO: Arab Youth

Arab Youth Advocating for Gender equality and Women Rights

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s NET-MED Youth project supported with EU funding will be organizing a regional training on “Arab youth advocating for gender equality and women rights” in Beirut, from 27 to 29 March 2018. The training is co-organised in partnership with the Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR) and ABAAD, an NGO based in Lebanon. The training aims to enhance the skills of 30 young men and women from Arab and EU countries to advocate for gender equality and end gender violence. More.


ILO: Infographic

Infographic on Promoting Youth Employment and Empowerment of Young Women in Jordan

The infographic presented in both English and Arabic summarizes the main findings of the Youth Employment Inventory Jordan and its report by visualizing key data points, intervention designs and target populations. The Youth Employment Inventory Jordan provides comparative information about the design, characteristics and achievements of 84 youth employment interventions implemented between 2012 and 2016. More.

ILO: Publication- Complimentarities

Complementarities between Labour Market Institutions and their Causal Impact on Youth Labour Market Outcomes

The ILO paper Complimentarities between Labour Market Institutions and their Causal Impact on Youth Labour Market Outcomes uses theoretical and empirical analysis to assess the effects of labour market outcomes on young people with a focus on two specific labour market institutions and their interactions: employment protection legislation and active labour market policy. More specifically, the paper examines recent policy reforms in Italy focusing on the impact of the 2012 Fornero reforms of employment protection legislation as well as the initial impact of the EU-wide Youth Guarantee scheme introduced in Italy in March 2014. The paper also examines how these two policy reforms interacted.