2018 Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) Research Roundtable
Making Cents International and the Youth Economic Opportunities Network (YEO Network) convened our first Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) Research Roundtable on Wednesday, April 25th, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, in Washington, DC.
The invite-only Roundtable was co-hosted by our main event sponsor, Workforce Connections, and took place at the offices of FHI 360 in downtown Washington, DC. The Roundtable was additionally supported by our coffee break sponsor, JBS International.
About the GYEO Research Roundtable
The Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) Research Roundtable gathered 50 researchers from universities, think-tanks and other organizations to discuss what we know, and what we don't know, about the issues impacting youth unemployment, and specifically against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world of work. The event was supported by our partners, Workforce Connections, which is funded by USAID and managed by FHI 360, and JBS International.
In 2017 Making Cents developed a learning agenda to help guide its 11th Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (September 27th-29th, 2017). The learning agenda identified key questions on the future of work and youth economic opportunity in developing contexts - the answers to which we believe will help us move forward in securing safe and productive employment and self-employment for youth globally.
The questions were organized around the Summit's four tracks:
1. Building a Foundation
2. Ready for the Global Workforce
3. Livelihoods through Self-Employment
4. Global Context Matters
With our Summit Reseach Partner, the University of North Carolina's Global Social Development Innovations Center, we analyzed the major themes discussed at the 2017 Summit, and brought those findings to the Research Roundtable as a basis for discussion. The full-day agenda also included presentations by select researchers who are contributing to the knowledge base in areas related to the learning agenda questions.
Our Roundtable proceedings report will summarize key discussion points and makes recommendations for what the most important research questions on youth employment over the next three years are. Attendees were asked to accept a 'call to action' by pledging their support to pursue research on priority questions or topic areas identified during the day, and by agreeing to participate in future opportunities to share their efforts and findings.
GYEO Summit Report
Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit Findings:
In Support of a Learning Agenda
In 2017, the Youth Economic Opportunities (YEO) Network team developed our first-ever Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit Learning Agenda and furthered our commitment to measuring impact by capturing the learning outcomes from our annual GYEO Summit. Read the report here.
The 2018 GYEO Research Roundtable was made possible thanks to the generous in-kind and sponsorship support of our event partners. This includes: GYEO Roundtable event Host Sponsor, Workforce Connections; event Coffee Break Sponsor JBS International; and our 2017 GYEO Summit Research Partner, the Center for Global Social Innovation at the University of North Carolina's School of Social Work.
Workforce Connections promotes evidence-based learning and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, with the goal of improving the capacity of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its industry partners to deliver quality workforce development programming. Workforce Connections brings together thinking across relevant disciplines including education, economic growth, and positive youth development. Their aim is to reduce fragmentation of funding approaches, build consensus over contextually appropriate and effective interventions, and provide guidance on measurement and evaluation of workforce development initiatives. Activities include:
Community of Practice: create an open space for interaction, sharing, dialogue, debate, and consensus building
Research and Learning: develop and curate a technically sound and accessible body of knowledge on workforce development programming
Professional Development: build the capacity of practitioners (especially USAID and partners) through new training, technical assistance, and other professional development opportunities.
Workforce Connections is a five-year project (2013-18) funded by the USAID Office of Education and managed by FHI360. Partners include ChildTrends, Making Cents International, and RTI International. Workforce Connections is an Associate Award under the FIELD-Support Leader with Associates