The Effect of Entrepreneurship and Skills
Training on Youth in Africa and the Middle East
What is it about?
The Fund for Evaluation in Youth Employment was set up in 2010 to build the evidence base for effective design and implementation of youth employment programs. It provides technical and financial support to competitively selected impact evaluation studies and rigorous M&E systems in the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Why Youth Entrepreneurship?
Youth entrepreneurship strategies are increasingly being adopted by policy makers as an alternative approach to more traditional entry into labour markets. Nevertheless, there exists large gap in rigorous research investigating the impact of such programs. The early work of the Fund has sought to answer questions about the effect of entrepreneurship and self-employment interventions on different type of outcomes including employment, income, sociological and psychological measures, community involvement, behavioral risk, health and empowerment.
Three calls for impact evaluation proposals were issued, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Over 300 proposals have been received. Seven impact evaluations and nine M&E systems have so far been supported. YEN has dispersed $500,000 in funding while co-sponsors have contributed $600,000.