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A Conversation on Innovations in Youth Employment: Insights from the NEO Initiative
30 June 2017

A Conversation on Innovations in Youth Employment: Insights from the NEO Initiative

The leaders and partners of the New Employment Opportunities (NEO) initiative are hosting a dialogue to explore sustainable, large-scale solutions to the challenge of youth employment. Learn how this regional initiative is driving change for hundreds of thousands of young people in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Where are all the skilled workers in Latin America?
29 June 2017

Where are all the skilled workers in Latin America?

The U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean increasingly have many things in common—sluggish economic growth, declining faith in their political institutions, growing income inequality, and the inability of the private sector to find the workers they need. This last challenge is particularly troubling; having a qualified labor pool is a prerequisite for economic dynamism, social mobility, improved incomes, and political cohesion.


Youth & the Future of Work
29 June 2017

Youth & the Future of Work

For too many young people in Latin America and the Caribbean, the path to employment is fraught with challenges. For too many businesses in the region, finding qualified young people proves difficult. Innovations in Youth Employment: Insights from the NEO Initiative, held in Washington, DC, in late April, examined how to align youth, school, training, and employer needs to connect youth with opportunities and bridge the skills gap.


The quality of education: The Pending homework in LAC
29 June 2017

The quality of education: The Pending homework in LAC

Alejandra is a young Mexican woman, who dropped out of school at 16 years old due to family issues, and since then, she has been meandering through the informal sector without being able to gain an employment opportunity because she lacks critical job skills. In order to understand the difficulty that youth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) – especially those who are part of the most vulnerable groups – have in being placed in jobs, it is critical to first understand a young person’s education level as they are entering the job market. Factors, such as, the number of years in school, the quality, and relevance of the education received, directly influences their probability of accessing a decent job.


Be like a chameleon: adapt or get left behind
29 June 2017

Be like a chameleon: adapt or get left behind

By Elena Heredero. Lead specialist at the MIF where she is leading the New Employment Opportunities for Youth initiative creating sustainable models to enhance the employability of poor and vulnerable youth.


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