IDRC at the Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

September 20, 2018
A group of young people in a community of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

IDRC/ Andrea Testoni

A group of young people in a community of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit brings more than 550 technical experts from 50 countries together each year to advance the social and economic well-being of young people globally. With IDRC’s support, Southern-based scholars will present their research findings at the Summit and contribute evidence-based solutions to advance the exchange of knowledge. 

Changemakers, innovators, and leading technical experts will participate in the Summit to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of programming, policies, and partnerships related to youth economic opportunities globally. “Generation 2030: Learning & Earning in a Changing World of Work” - the theme of this year’s Summit set to take place in Washington D.C. from Sept 25-27 - will focus on the future of work, the gig economy, and the demand for digital skills.

IDRC will run two sessions at the summit. The first session will explore solutions related to the relationships between youth economic opportunities and violence in Latin America. It questions how different forms of violence impact youth trajectories and the ways violence and opportunities affect each other. The second session will address the challenges and opportunities for Latin American youth in global digital labour markets by examining key challenges such as identifying and developing employable skills, as well as opportunities related to virtual labour migration.

The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit will give a prominent voice to Southern researchers to enhance the visibility of their work - a necessary step to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of youth economic opportunities globally.

Learn more about the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit.

Read about IDRC’s work on youth employment.