Following the global Call for Action on Youth Employment of the International Labour Conference in 2012 and the ILO’s Area of Critical Importance on Jobs and Skills for Youth, the ILO’s Youth Employment Programme has developed a service line to assist constituents to rigorously evaluate youth employment interventions, with the goal of increasing the evidence to understand “what works” in youth employment. The workshop provided a platform to share findings from recently completed randomized control trials, focusing on public works, skills development and entrepreneurship. A regional impact research agenda for youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa was also presented, identifying gaps in the evidence base in youth employment. The event took place on Tuesday, 12 July 2016, from 10:00 to 12:30, in Room VII, R2 South, ILO, Geneva.
- Patrick Premand, Economist, World Bank: Short and medium-term impacts of public works on youth in Côte d’Ivoire [Presentation; Discussant: Chris Donnges, ILO]
- Nathan Fiala, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut: Business is tough, but family is worse: Experimental evidence from the ILO Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) Programme in Uganda [Discussant: Virginia Rose Losada, ILO]
- Jonas Bausch, Researcher, ILO: The Impact of Skills Training on Financial Behaviour, Employability, and Educational Choice of Youth: Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Morocco [Presentation; Discussant: Laura Brewer, ILO]
- Kevin Hempel, Consultant, ILO: Towards a demand-driven impact research agenda on youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa [Presentation; Discussant: Verónica Escudero, ILO]