Accompanied Youth Livelihood Development : Assessment and Measuring Tools

In developing countries, young people are often called upon to take on adult roles and responsibilities without support from adults and adult-led institutions. At the same time, young people in Canada are for various reasons dropping out of school at an unprecedented rate. In both situations, young people need an enabling inclusive environment that fosters safe and constructive livelihood opportunities.

Global Youth Livelihoods (GYL) is an alliance of researchers, practitioners and policymakers in developed and developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America (Canada, United States). The members of the network have been working in the field of youth livelihoods development for the past 15 years. Their experience has led to the realization that while institutional and cultural contexts vary significantly, approaches to working with young people are similar. This knowledge has resulted in the concept of Accompanied Youth Livelihood Development (AYLD), a framework of development assumptions, entry points, objectives and outcomes that correspond to the challenges and opportunities facing young people.

This grant will allow GLD and Teknowave - a Canadian youth capacity development organization - to develop and test two tools for gathering and analyzing data on outcomes resulting from the application of the AYLD framework in Canada and then in selected developing countries. It is expected that the resulting knowledge will enrich the design and implementation of AYLD initiatives throughout the world.

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Start Date

Friday, October 13, 2006

End Date

Friday, October 10, 2008


24 months

IDRC Officer

Morin-Labatut, Gisele

Total funding

CA$ 85,000




Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Jamie Schnurr


TeKnoWave Inc.

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