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South-South Sharing of “Lessons Learned”

Youth unemployment is rising while enrollment in secondary education is decreasing. Possible solutions, lessons learned from integrating youth into the labor market and exchange of different experiences were the topic of a workshop in Côte d’ Ivoire.

The Jacobs Foundation has organized a two-day workshop on lessons learned from programs of labor market youth inclusion in Latin America and Africa. The goal of the workshop was to learn from other programs in a South-South approach in order to identify key elements for successful implementation and stronger positive impact across countries and regions. 60-70 participants from the private sector, social organizations, governments, and foundations joined the workshop on labor market youth inclusion from 27-28 October in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The workshop started with an overview of the trends and opportunities in the youth labor market, continued with a cost-benefit analysis comparison of interventions and innovative solutions for youth inclusion, explored the role of early basic and socioemotional skills formation for labor market youth inclusion, and discusses sustainability and scaling of models.