IDRC at the 2019 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

September 30, 2019

IDRC joins the global youth-development community to contribute new evidence on youth employment and livelihoods, to share knowledge, and to advocate for evidence-informed policymaking and programming.

At a mining site in central Uganda,Kasadha Denis operates a Z machine,which seperates gold particles from sand.
IDRC / Tommy Trenchard

More than 550 changemakers, innovators, academics, and leading experts from more than 60 countries are gathering at the 2019 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit from October 1–4 in Washington D.C.

IDRC’s support enables researchers from developing countries to present research findings at the summit, forge new connections, and exchange knowledge. IDRC’s goal and the goal of this summit is to advance the social and economic well-being of young people globally by increasing the impact, scale, and sustainability of the policies and programs directed to them.

IDRC will lead two sessions at the conference highlighting IDRC-supported research:

Connecting school to work: How work-based learning improves job opportunity for youth

Wednesday, October 2 │ 2:45–4:15 pm

In collaboration with the Education Development Centre and RTI International

This session offers a deep dive into new evidence on the impact that work-based learning interventions have on employment outcomes for young people, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

In today’s fast-changing work environment, work-based learning — including apprenticeships and internships — provide a critical link between training providers and the business community. Work-based learning is also instrumental in improving youth transitions from school to work.

Youth, violence, and economic opportunities in Central America: Breaking stigmas, building solutions

Thursday, October 3 │ 8:15–9:00 am

This panel showcases research that examines the complex relationship between economic opportunities for youth and violence in Central America. In the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras), one out of four young people are not in education, in training, or employed. Youth from at-risk communities are being excluded from the labour market due to stigma associated with gangs.

The research, part of the Besieged Lives program, aims to improve programs and policies designed to reduce youth violence. Watch a recent webinar about this work with the Youth Economic Opportunities Network.