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Building Consensus for Soft Skills Training

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BUILDING CONSENSUS FOR SOFT SKILLS TRAINING

By Youth Employment Funders Group

Transferable skills. 21st century skills. Workforce readiness skills. Life skills. Non-cognitive skills. There are many terms used to describe the skills that young people require as they transition into adulthood. The What Works in Soft Skills Development for Youth Employment? A Donors’ Perspective report presents areas of consensus around terminology, implementation and assessment of these skills, and puts forth recommendations to donors, employers, policymakers and implementers.

In the face of growing youth populations around the globe, the challenges regarding employment, and the changing nature of work, young people need to develop skills which allow them to easily adapt to the workforce as well as succeed in all domains of life. This report uses the term ‘soft skills’ to describe the mix of skills, attitudes, behaviours, personal qualities and mindsets that individuals use to be successful across different situations in work and life. These skills include positive self-concept, self-control, communication, social skills, and higher-order thinking (which includes problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making). Research shows that employers are increasingly prioritizing the need for new hires to have soft skills over technical skills, as their ability to work with others, communicate well and solve problems is critical to their success as employees.

The report makes five recommendations for developing soft skills programming at scale for young people. These recommendations highlight the need for greater and quality investments, consensus, and strategic action.

Download the report here.

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#ClosingTheGapGuinea

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Updated: Friday, November 3, 2017

#Closingthegapguinea: assessment of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in guinea

By Enclude BV

#ClosingTheGapGuinea establishes that operating in Guinea remains challenging for local enterprises. Most of them are very small and struggle to compete locally and internationally and access adequate financing.

However, the insights shared in the report also identify that the potential of entrepreneurship is starting to be acknowledged with

  • a growing number of new enterprises each year;
  • existing formal SMEs that show growth both in terms of employment and sales and;
  • a few initiatives that have recently emerged to accompany local entrepreneurs.

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Reducing Food Loss Along Agricultural Value Chains

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

Reducing Food Loss Along Agricultural Value Chains 

By Deloitte 

The amount of food lost each year due to post-harvest loss (PHL) is enough to feed the total number of undernourished people globally. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) alone, which unfortunately is home to over 230 million people suffering from chronic undernourishment, 30-50% of production is lost at various points along the value chain. Efforts to reduce PHL thus provide an attractive opportunity to improve food security across the globe, but especially in SSA. A range of solutions exist that address PHL, but there is not a clear consensus for which are best at effectively reducing losses. Perhaps in this case “best” should be defined by clear quantifiable evidence to help guide decision-making. It is this motivating premise that underpins the work described in this report. 

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Gender Analysis of AgFinance in Ghana and Mozambique

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 6, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

Gender Analysis of AgFinance in Ghana and Mozambique

By Opportunity International

Opportunity International's (Opportunity's) Agricultural Finance (AgFinance) program helps smallholder farmers increase farm productivity, financial stability, and food security to enhance quality of life. To assess and improve its gender strategy, Opportunity conducted an analysis of its AgFinance program in 2016 with funding from the British Government's Department for International Development 

 

Key Research Findings

  • For Financial Inclusion: 92% of women clients perceive Opportunity as welcoming to women and 81% of women clients say they have more decision-making power in their families because of Opportunity's AgFinance program. Gender barriers arise primarily when Opportunity recruits clients through traditional male-led village structures and farmer groups.
  • For Financial Institutions: To best understand the market potential in serving women with AgFinance, viable market segments must be identified based on factors like location and literacy before segmenting the market by gender. Grasping the diversity of farmers and agri-businesses helps identify the right target market. 

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Tags:  Agriculture  finance  gender  small and growing agrobusiness 

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Talent to Spare

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 6, 2017
Updated: Friday, November 3, 2017

Talent to spare

By the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network

Do intermediaries “walk the walk” of talent? This project was initiated by the Global So- cial Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, two or- ganisations supporting and connecting organisations and individuals in the impact space globally, after having experienced di erent talent challenges themselves as well as seeing many other organisations in the impact sector face talent-related challenges. 

THIS RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED IN 2015–16 WITH THREE PRIMARY GOALS:

To go beyond anecdotal evidence and explore the experiences shared by intermediaries in-depth
To understand the variety of talent challenges these organisations face
To determine possible solutions both for the organisations individually and for the social impact sector as a whole 

We conducted 20 interviews and surveyed social leaders from over 50 intermediaries – foundations, social investors, accelerators, incubators and networks representing 20 dif- ferent countries – to start a conversation about talent management and local talent trends. 

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Talent to Spare

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 3, 2017

Talent to spare

By the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network

Do intermediaries “walk the walk” of talent? This project was initiated by the Global So- cial Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, two or- ganisations supporting and connecting organisations and individuals in the impact space globally, after having experienced di erent talent challenges themselves as well as seeing many other organisations in the impact sector face talent-related challenges.

THIS RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED IN 2015–16 WITH THREE PRIMARY GOALS:

To go beyond anecdotal evidence and explore the experiences shared by intermediaries in-depth
To understand the variety of talent challenges these organisations face
To determine possible solutions both for the organisations individually and for the social impact sector as a whole

We conducted 20 interviews and surveyed social leaders from over 50 intermediaries – foundations, social investors, accelerators, incubators and networks representing 20 dif- ferent countries – to start a conversation about talent management and local talent trends. 

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Family Planning Market in India

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 3, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

Family planning market in india

By FSG

This literature review captures existing knowledge across a range of products and players in India’s family planning market. The product scope covers condoms, oral contraceptive pills, injectable contraceptives, intra-uterine devices, and male and female sterilization.

The broad reach of this analysis brings diverse perspectives together to provide a complete picture of the current state of the market. The review can be particularly useful for field practitioners, donors, and other players looking to understand the current state of discovery in the India family planning market.

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Reducing Youth Unemployment in South Africa

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 2, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

reducing youth unemployment in south africa

By FSG

South Africa is faced with a crisis of high and rising youth unemployment. Throughout the country, only 1 in 3 young people of working age is employed. This distressing statistic not only plays out through the limited earnings potential and future prospects of these youth, but also emerges within stymied business growth and unsustainable pressure on governmental social programs. The solution will take action from a variety of sectors and actors in order to turn the tide.

This report, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, highlights two cross-sectoral partnerships—the EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative and the Mentec Foundation—that have seen success in placing these disadvantaged youth in jobs throughout South Africa. The report concludes with a table of recommendations for employers, training providers, philanthropic funders, and government officials to begin growing and replicating these efforts.

Download the report here.

Tags:  development  inclusive business  Shared Value 

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Dapivirine Ring

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

dapivirine ring: the case for action

By FSG

The monthly dapivirine ring, the first discrete, long-acting, HIV prevention product designed specifically for women, will soon be on the market.* Women account for over half of adult HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa, but have few HIV prevention options that they can control. This new product is critical to empower women to protect themselves and to make progress towards the elimination of HIV.

Developed with the OPTIONS Consortium, a five-year USAID and PEPFAR initiative, and the International Partnership for Microbicides, this report is for national governments, donors, implementers, and advocates who are planning for the launch of the monthly dapivirine ring.

*Pending approval by regulatory authorities.

Download the report here.

Tags:  health  Women 

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Shaping Inclusive Markets

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017
By FSG

The current global crisis of economic exclusion and inequity has millions of people in poverty with limited opportunities to escape. The questions of how markets work, and who they work for, have never been more pressing.
 

Truly inclusive markets lead to expanded opportunity for more broadly shared prosperity, especially for those facing the greatest barriers. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, we analyzed historical cases where such inclusive transformations actually occurred in order to understand the ways in which they were achieved. Using these insights, we offer practical recommendations for funders and intermediaries seeking to enable more of these shifts in the future.

 

Download the report here.

Tags:  Economic Growth  Global. Development  inclusive business 

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