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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.


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.


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