Livelihoods Through Self-Employment
The Livelihoods Through Self-Employment Track addresses the rise of self-employment in the formal economy, and the high levels of informality in most developing economies. Even as self-employment and entrepreneurship can offer greater freedom and self-reliance for some, this trend also poses critical challenges for many. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how deeply vulnerable the predominantly young, self-employed, gig, contract, and seasonal workforce is to shocks. How can we re-think self-employment and entrepreneurship in light of the challenges and opportunities presented by the current crisis? How do we ensure that as we rebuild, that young people are better protected and able to build their own businesses in a recovering economy?
The track includes cross-cutting topics such as youth engagement, gender, technology, healthy workforce, systems change and policy, among others. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on young people, The Livelihoods Through Self-Employment track will host a series of discussions and deep-dive breakout sessions with youth development experts and innovators that explore what kinds of skills, programs, and policies can better prepare and support young people for self-employment or entrepreneurship, in the growing gig and informal economies. In addition to the sessions, the track is supported further by content in the Track Technical Content section of this page.
GYEOS Live Track Event
On July 30th from 9:00 am – 11:30 am EST, the YEO Network convened the first in a series of at least five (5) online Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) Summit events that follow our technical tracks in skills development, workforce readiness, self-employment and entrepreneurship, and cross-cutting topics such as gender, conflict, systems change, policy, and more.
Please check back soon for a recording of the opening session and each break out session.
Date & Time:
Thursday, July 30th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am EDT
Two and a half hours, online, advance registration required.
Schedule of Events:
9:00 am – 9:10 am - Welcome & Opening
9:10 am – 10:10 am - Track Opening & Headline Speakers
10:10 – 10:15 am - Transition to Breakout Sessions
10:15 am – 11:15 am - Four concurrent 60-minute breakout sessions 11:30 am - Event Close
Track Technical Content
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