Youth Livelihoods Development Program Guide

Posted by on July 21, 2008

Youth Livelihoods Development Program Guide

This Educational Quality Improvement Program 3 (EQUIP3) guide addresses misconceptions and offers suggestions and reference materials to improve youth livelihood development practices. For example, research in a variety of countries has disproved the myth that poor youth without jobs are idle and economically inactive—most contribute to their household incomes with work in the informal sector, in activities such as family farming or petty trading. The guide also expresses the need for the development community to move from a “learning, then earning” approach to “learning while earning” opportunities, as many youth use informal work to subsidize their education costs, support family members and build informal peer networks that can bolster their entrepreneurial projects.

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