Date: 31 October 2019, Time: 14.00 – 16.30 hrs. Venue: The Convention Centre
Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai, India
Organized by: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), South-South Network for Public Service Innovation (SSN4PSI) and supported by UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)
Ensuring decent jobs for youths has remained a significant challenge for countries around the world, particularly in developing countries where labour markets are undergoing major structural shifts from technological innovations and automation, demographic changes, and growing inequality. Despite widespread recognition of how vital it is to empower youths, the challenge still remains for governments and development practitioners.
In 2019, The International Labour Organization(ILO) and World Bank reported that across the Asia and Pacific region, the youth unemployment rate in Southern Asia has increased. It will continue to increase in 2020. While South Asia’s economies have been growing, there are still 28 million out of school children in the region — 10 million in primary school and 18 million in lower secondary schools. Furthermore, 45 per cent of primary school children do not learn the basics of mathematics or reading. The consequence is a significant dearth of skills and appropriate jobs in South Asia.
In this scenario, effective methodologies are required to support the youth transitioning from unemployment to employment through policy interventions, innovative projects, and cross-country partnership for youth employment. The matchmaking between demand and supply can contribute to facilitating the sharing of evidence-based actions, initiatives, and best practices, that have positive impacts on achieving the targets of the SDGs. Best practices and initiatives to empower youth with decent jobs can be effectively shared and followed-up through cross-country learning and replication with the utilization of this unique methodology.
The primary objective of this matchmaking workshop is to bring together government representatives, relevant multi-stakeholders in India and across South Asia in order to enhance the exchange of knowledge by sharing and learning from regionally relevant and scalable solutions addressing the challenges on education, skills, and employment. Besides, the matchmaking workshop will be –
Key points for discussion
The key points for discussion will include but will not be limited to the following:
|Venue: The Convention Centre Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai, India.|
|Opening of Matchmaking Session
14:00 – 14:20 hrs.
(10 minutes each speaker)
Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator/ Representative, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok.
Representative from UNICEF (TBC)
14:20 – 15:40 hrs.
Simon Pickup, Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist, UNICEF Bangladesh
Asad – Uz- Zaman, Policy Specialist, a2i – innovate for all and coordinator, South – South Network for Public Service Innovation
Presentations: (5 minutes per presentation)
|15:40 – 16:20||Open Discussion session|
|16:20 – 16:30||Closing of the Session|