Youth Employment: Supporting Evidence-Based Policymaking through Local Capacity Development

The overall objective of PEP’s commitment is to support and increase evidence-based policy making in nine African countries. The immediate objective is to develop the capacity of local experts to produce a reliable evidence base on youth employment issues, while engaging with policy to ensure uptake in decision and advisory processes. PEP will  support local researchers to carry out contextualized research and policy engagement activities through nine projects supported by PEP’s current core donors: DFID, IDRC and Hewlett Foundation. The commitment will run for three years from January 2020 to December 2022.

Entity

Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Policy, advocacy and convening power; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 4.3 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
  • 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

description

PEP supports researchers from developing countries through its unique programme, the grant plus model, that uses a “learning by doing” approach to provide local researchers with a comprehensive package of intensive training, continual mentoring, and international peer-review, designed to strengthen a range of skills related to the production and brokering of scientific evidence to inform policy from project design to publication and dissemination. PEP grantees are required to hold periodic consultations with policy stakeholders throughout the research cycle, including organizing high-level national policy conferences, which include the public and media. Through nine ongoing youth employment projects, PEP will contribute to Decent Jobs for Youth by providing access to information on youth employment policy as an evidence base. PEP will also provide support to promote the uptake of this evidence for policy action. The projects will result in a series of knowledge products, including working papers, policy papers, policy briefs and publications in peer-reviewed journals. PEP also publishes summaries of the projects’ findings for its news channels and website. At least 27 knowledge products will be produced that will contribute to the Decent Jobs for Youth Knowledge Facility. PEP will also support researchers’ participation in international conferences, which could include conferences of Decent Jobs for Youth, where they share their research findings with peers. A total of 49 youth employment stakeholders will be supported through technical assistance, capacity building and peer learning. It is estimated that at least 27 knowledge sharing events will be held as part of the projects.

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 49 youth employment stakeholders supported through technical assistance, capacity-building or peer learning

    8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services

    Number of researchers conducting research projects on youth employment who benefit from technical (scientific) and non-technical (policy engagement) training. All projects involve policy actors, either directly (as team members) or indirectly (through consultations), who benefit from new knowledge and skills that will contribute to their work as youth employment stakeholders.

    BY: Dec 2022
  • 27 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items

    8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services

    Number of periodic consultations held with policy stakeholders throughout the research cycle and also the high-level national policy conferences, which include the public and media. PEP assists in preparing communication tools (briefs, press releases). PEP publishes summaries of the projects’ findings for its news channels and website.

    BY: Dec 2022
  • 18 knowledge products on youth employment developed

    8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services

    Number of knowledge products to be produced through the nine projects on youth employment. These include working papers, policy papers, policy briefs and publications in journals and other channels. These also include the summaries of projects’ findings that PEP produces for its news channels and website.

    BY: Dec 2022
  • National strategies for youth employment supported in their development or operationalization in 7 countries (Benin, Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, Zambia)

    8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services

    We expect that many of these projects will result in findings used to inform policy decisions (either at design/formulation, implementation or revision stage). This is based on PEP’s previous experience, as well as recent accounts of the ongoing youth employment project teams.

    BY: Dec 2022

Start

01-Jan-2020

End

31-Dec-2022

Target: All ages 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-35

Primarily:
  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young people in rural areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Low-income individuals
  • Young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs

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