Business Fights Poverty


  • Anglo American
  • Barclays
  • Citi Foundation
  • Pearson
  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
  • BRAC

challenge description

The challenge

This Challenge considers what business can do, working with its partners at the country level, to boost youth employability and employment, and how to accelerate the level of business engagement with the ultimate objective of leveraging private sector resources to help reduce youth unemployment. According to a 2015 OECD Report on youth employability "young people are best integrated into the world of work when education systems are flexible and responsive to the needs of the labour market, when employers are engaged in both designing and providing education programmes, when young people have access to high-quality career guidance and further education that can help them to match their skills to prospective jobs".  

The output

This Challenge has developed a Guide for business and those working with business who want to make a measurable difference to youth unemployment through investing in and supporting the development of skills that will help young people find decent jobs, in a range of different country contexts. The Guide focuses not only on the supply-side - the provision of training and skills development opportunities- but also on the demand-side, identifying what is needed to ensure that more young people successfully make the transition into work.

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The timeframe

11 months, ending Q2 2017