Report: An Ecosystem Model for Credentialing Entrepreneurs

The Global Center, in collaboration with Acceleration Group, has developed a framework for qualifying young entrepreneurs and a digital platform for demonstrating entrepreneurial capability. This framework and platform are ecosystem-based, enabling youth to showcase their potential to those whose know-how, access, and resources they need to build their ventures and advance their careers. This adds a critical element often missing in local markets—a platform for engaging market stakeholders in assessing youth skill sets.

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Report: The Nexus of Microwork & Impact Sourcing

The Global Center for Youth Employment and its members Banyan Global and Future Work Consulting conducted a study of successful online outsourcing service providers to develop a comprehensive analysis, map current trends, challenges, and success factors surrounding the implementation of microwork. The report includes interviews with Microsoft, Pinterest, Ebay, Getty Images, Samasource, Digital Divide Data, Daiprom, Rockefeller Foundation, MasterCard Foundation among others, and insights from site visits to microwork centers in East Africa.

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BLOG: A Community Worthy of Continued Investment, August 2016

By Andrew Baird

“Community of Practice” is a term of art, not science. Many times these networks are deemed to exist, but are far from communal and not grounded in practice. In my career, I learned that you know a Community of Practice when you see one, even if it is sometimes hard to articulate why it's one. While at Making Cents International in 2006, we knew we did not see such a community in the youth economic opportunities space...

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Can Big Data Save Labor Market Information Systems?

The rise of private, real-time labor market information (LMI), such as web-based job posting analytics, social network inferences, crowdsourcing, and mobile phone polling, has garnered interest and questioned the dominance of traditional approaches. The LMI brief explores the use of real-time LMI and presents interviews conducted with international donor officials to gain their perspectives on its applicability in developing countries.

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Learning from Youth to Solve Youth Employment

Ruth’s dream of pursing a university degree and a career in journalism represents one from the millions of young people who, because of hardship or lack of opportunity, are unable to reach their full potential. The GCYE is one of the partners behind YouthVoices, a digital storytelling platform allowing young people, like Ruth, to share their stories globally in hopes of changing the perspectives of policymakers, compelling public action and ultimately connecting more young people to jobs.

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Linked Learning to Employment

Given global demand for better education quality and relevance, a reform movement in the U.S. that blends rigorous academic learning and applied technical study may be of interest to other countries. Yet, the transport of a successful approach from one country to another must be carefully considered and implemented, with attention paid to the local political economy and education system variables. The Linked Learning policy brief discusses the successful U.S. approach—called Linked Learning—and RTI International's approach to adapting it for other country contexts.

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