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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.


The Sum of the Parts: Why Partnerships Matter in Youth Employment
29 June 2017

The Sum of the Parts: Why Partnerships Matter in Youth Employment

For anyone working in development, the topic of youth unemployment is central, remains virtually unabated, and drives much debate over the right paths, strategies, partnerships, and funding mechanisms. Yet, for those organizations in the trenches, they know that working on improving youth employability can be a critical lever to addressing other problems such as security, drug addiction, and teenage pregnancy. This dynamic is not lost on the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), the innovation lab of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, nor on the International Youth Foundation (IYF).

How the NEO Initiative Creates Shared Value in Education
29 June 2017

How the NEO Initiative Creates Shared Value in Education

Businesses, schools, and governments all play essential roles in overcoming regional skills gaps, yet they rarely engage with each other in meaningful ways. Businesses that transcend these silos can create shared value by making a profound impact on their own talent needs and the needs of the surrounding region at scale.

3 Strategies for Addressing the Skills Mismatch in Latin America
29 June 2017

3 Strategies for Addressing the Skills Mismatch in Latin America

In Latin America, the high rate of school enrollment and young people’s pursuit of additional years of education and more advanced degrees aren’t translating into a well-trained workforce for the region’s growing businesses. A large body of evidence points to a growing mismatch between the skills Latin America’s productive sectors need and what education and training systems are teaching. How can organizations work towards addressing this skills mismatch? On April 4, IYF hosted a webinar featuring strategies currently being implemented in the region to address the skills mismatch.


It’s all about mergers in Jamaica and the Caribbean
29 June 2017

It’s all about mergers in Jamaica and the Caribbean

A few weeks ago, I was in Jamaica to visit the NEO Jamaica alliance and to speak at the 3rd International Conference on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Caribbean about public-private partnerships. It is always nice to see progress firsthand and to meet with our partners after a year since the NEO alliance was launched.


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