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A snapshot of views and experiences piloting new development approaches through the MDG Achievement Fund in Ethiopia

With support from the MDG Achievement Fund, the government of Ethiopia and the United Nations (UN) tested new approaches for involving some of the most vulnerable people more actively in the country’s development process. Through five programmes, new development approaches were piloted with impressive results. In addition to adopting a holistic, cross-sectorial approach, each programme focused on investing in individuals’ capabilities and social opportunities. They also strengthened entire communities through economic and self-help groups. This snapshot covers programme highlights, strategies implemented, and lessons learned from the field.

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Non-enrolment and school dropout in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This study is part of the Youth Employability and Retention Programme (YERP) which aims to address the high level of youth unemployment and irregular migration by working closely with government, the private sector and civil society to improve youth employability in BiH, while providing new entry points to the labour market. It analyses the results of a comprehensive survey that identified the most frequent causes for non-attendance of primary and or secondary school. It attempts to answer the imposing question as to what the Government should do in order to reduce the rate of children who do not complete primary education and offers recommendations to policy makers. An example would be the need to make primary education truly free by including the provision of textbooks, and notebooks for every pupil as well as free meals and school transportation.

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Voices of youth: quantitative research findings of survey on youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Voices of Youth survey was carried out in 2012 within the UN Youth Employability and Retention Programme. The purpose of this project has been to conduct a survey that can serve as a baseline for the development of more adequate youth policies as well as to enable young people to participate more actively in society. This survey examines the experiences, attitudes, opinions and wishes of young people in terms of education, employment and the labour market, the economic situation, the level of social protection, political and other forms of social participation and other related issues. Its findings are intended to help UN agencies, policy makers and development practitioners in Bosnia and Herzogovina (BiH) plan new youth oriented social policies that will address the existing challenges that face young people in BiH today.

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Good practices in providing integrated employment and social services in Central and Eastern Europe

This study focuses on strengthening and improving the position of vulnerable groups of unemployed youth by implementing coordinated and integrated social, employment and educational services. It presents an extensively researched pilot model to be tested in Serbia, but the insights gained can be scaled across the globe. It also presents a brief overview of Leutz’s “Five Laws” for Integrating Medical and Social Services, such as “You can integrate some of the services all of the time, all of the services some of the time, but you cannot integrate all of the services all of the time.”

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Occupational skills 2011: key findings in south Serbia

This survey was aimed at identifying the economic sectors, occupations and skills most demanded by enterprises in South Serbia. It identified micro and small size enterprises as the most dynamic sectors in the medium term and noted that a number of occupational profiles appear to be particularly resilient in the South Serbian labour market (sales, office and accounting clerks, and food production occupations). A list of recommended policy options was also produced that included suggestions such as targeted interventions by providing tax incentives to micro and small businesses. This document is primarily intended for development practitioners and local and state ministries in Serbia, however, it may be of use to any practitioner implementing a market needs assessment in other locations as well.

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Functional adult literacy programme manual

This manual equips literacy trainers with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to train and facilitate literacy learning to adults. It is designed as a 2 week course with 10 main objectives and provides insight into how adults learn and the importance of context in designing lessons plans.

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Education subsidy: Helping achieve MDG on universal primary education

This publication documents the Philippine education subsidy scheme and its implementation experience, as well as offers a convenient tool kit which may serve as a useful reference for replication by government in their public school system. The primary goal of the education subsidy is to contribute to increasing the level of school participation and the retention rate in secondary education among disadvantaged youth. The program had many identifiable successes and documents some of the challenges faced.

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The Filipino youth and the employment-migration nexus

This report analyses the international migration patterns for employment in the Philippines and offers suggestions on how to respond to them. Presently more than 10% of the national population is based abroad. This study also aims to better understand the link between youth employment and migration and how to broaden the youth’s options in these areas. It recommends promoting the hiring of young workers via incentives such as tax breaks, improving education and dissemination of information on job opportunities both within the country and abroad, and it notes the need to engage young Filipinos overseas to improve data collection and develop “brain gain” policies and programs.

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Review of MDG-F joint programmes: key findings and achievements

The review presents the key findings and achievements of the 130 joint programmes across 50 countries supported by the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) covering eight thematic areas: children, food security and nutrition; youth employment and migration; culture and development; gender equity and women’s empowerment; private sector and development; conflict prevention and peace building; environment and climate change; and democratic economic governance.

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Culture and development: review of MDG-F joint programmes key findings and achievements

This thematic study aims to capture the main achievements of the 18 Joint Programmes (JPs) funded under the Thematic Window on Culture and Development of the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F).

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