Youth employment is now a priority in most regions of the world. There is growing focus and investment on youth employment programs, but at the moment there is limited evidence on what works, which leads to low impact and wasted resources. According to the World Bank, as much as 40% of youth employment projects have no impact on labour market outcomes for youth.
With this in mind, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) and the ILO's Youth Employment Programme (YEP) have partnered up to create the What's Working? competition to find out what strategies and approaches are working and share them among the youth employment community.
The What’s Working? competition highlights success stories. Organizations who have had positive results from their youth employment projects can submit a Smart Note about their project, including why they think it worked and what lessons they learned. The winners are selected through online voting, comments, and a judges panel. The winning projects will have their Smart Note published on the website and receive a monetary award.
And the results for the previous competition are out! Thank you to the organizations who entered, everyone who voted in the competition, and to the panel of judges who scored each of entries. Congratulations to the winners of the winning projects (kindly click on the name to see the full entry):
- First place - Glowork - Creating Jobs in Saudi Arabia for Women (Saudi Arabia)
- Second Place - Innovation Empowerment Program - One Hen Campaign (Kenya)
- Third Place - Infogroup International - Youth Technology Accelerator (Sweden)
- Special Mention - A Ganar - Youth Employment Through Sport (Latin America and Caribbean)
The top three will receive a monetary award and all of the finalists will have their projects published as a Smart Note and distributed among YEN's network.