Youth employment

The ILO announces winners of “Fund for Evaluation in Employment 2013”

Press release | 28 April 2014
GENEVA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has announced business-building proposals from Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, India, Iran, Kenya, Rwanda, Timor Leste and Zambia as winners of the 2013 Fund for Evaluation in Employment.

Launched in 2010, the Fund for Evaluation aims to build evidence for effective design and implementation of youth employment programmes. Four requests for proposals have been issued since 2010, resulting in over 500 proposals and the initiation of eight impact evaluations and twelve monitoring and evaluation frameworks. The 2013 edition of the Fund for Evaluation received 70 proposals from 34 countries, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa.

The Fund is a joint initiative of the Youth Employment and Small Enterprise Units at the ILO. Financial support for the Fund comes from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Danish-led Africa Commission, Silatech and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation. The total amount of the 2013 Fund for Evaluation is US$ 380,000. The Fund offers technical and financial support to qualified organizations for designing and conducting impact evaluations. Now in its fifth year, the Fund called for proposals focussing on enterprise and value chain development and youth employment and entrepreneurship.

Winners were selected through a two-stage competitive selection. Thirteen proposals were shortlisted by an ILO selection committee and were asked to submit concept notes. A committee of external experts from the World Bank and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation then assessed the notes based on pre-defined criteria. Applicants assessed as being at the “Ready for an impact evaluation” stage are included in Track 1, while applicants assessed as being at the “Impact evaluation pipeline” stage are included in Track 2. Impact evaluation experts provided technical assistance to selected winners during the ILO Evidence Symposium in Doha (6-8 March 2014) and the ILO Evaluation Clinic in Bangkok (27-28 March 2014).

TRACK 1: Financial assistance
  • Innovation for Poverty Action, Start-up Capital for Youth (Kenya): The study will evaluate the relative efficacy of vocational training vouchers and unconditional cash grant provisions in Kenya. The evaluation assesses two youth empowerment programmes administered by a local non-governmental organization involving nearly 2,200 youth. Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) will receive a grant of US$ 100,000.
  • SPARK, Cooperatives Support Programme (Rwanda): The evaluation will assess the effects of business development services, including facilitation of financial services for new business ventures, provided to a group of cooperatives and agri-businesses. SPARK will receive a grant of US$ 110,000 and technical assistance during Evaluation Clinics.
  • ILO Green Jobs programme (Zambia): The evaluation assesses the effectiveness of micro-level value chain development interventions for creating green jobs in the construction industry in Zambia. ILO Zambia will receive a grant of US$ 80,000 and technical assistance during the Evaluation Clinic.
  • Bamyan Media, El Mashrou3 (Egypt): The evaluation will measure the effects of an entrepreneurship reality TV show and an online business advisory service in Egypt. The evaluation aims to yield insights into the effectiveness of entrepreneurial training and the use of mainstream media to tackle widespread economic issues at scale. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) is considering co-funding the study in collaboration with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for US$ 296,264 (decision to be taken in May 2014).
  • Government of Cote d’Ivoire, Emergency Youth Employment and Skills Development Project (PEJEDEC): The aim is to improve access to temporary employment and skills development opportunities for young men and women in Côte d’Ivoire. The evaluation will compare job creation for youth through self-employment and sensitization on wage employment opportunities. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation is considering providing US$ 320,000 to the study (decision to be taken in May 2014).
TRACK 2: Technical assistance
  • ILO’s Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) programme (India): SCORE is a practical training and in-factory counselling programme that improves productivity and working conditions in small and medium enterprises. ILO SCORE will receive a grant of US$ 70,000 which will be reserved for both technical and financial assistance.
  • UNIDO: Sustainable Livelihoods Programme for Afghan Refugees: This is an impact evaluation of an enterprise development project in Iran that aims to strengthen micro and small enterprises in the footwear sector in Mashhad (Iran) and Herat (Afghanistan) through pro-poor cluster and value chain development practices. UNIDO will receive an evaluation preparation grant of US$ 20,000 to do a business census.
  • ILO, Decent Jobs for Youth and Improved Food Security through Development of Sustainable Rural (Zambia): This project received technical assistance during the Evaluation Clinic to assess the effectiveness of value chain development interventions in creating rural youth employment opportunities in Zambia.
  • ILO, Business Opportunities and Support Services (Timor Leste): The project received technical assistance during the Evaluation Clinic to assess the value chain and enterprise development interventions of the project.

All selected applicants received access to a knowledge sharing portal and a youth entrepreneurship community of practice: http://yenclinic.groupsite.com

For more information, please contact taqeem@ilo.org