Exchanging Experiences, Expanding Opportunities


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According to the World Bank's recently published report, Out of School and Out of Work: Risk and Opportunities for Latin America's Ninis, a rising number of youth in the region are neither working nor studying despite the economic growth that the region has experienced.

Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world. The region is home to 9 percent of the world population but has 33 percent of world homicides.

Governments and donors as part of their commitment to achieve Education for All by 2015 have pledged to get children into school, provide them with quality education and respond to their learning needs.

Here, I examine the level, redistributive impact and pro-poorness of government spending on education and health for thirteen developing countries from the Commitment to Equity project.

We present evidence on the impact on students´ math and reading scores of one of the largest deployments of an OLPC program and the only one implemented at a national scale: Plan Ceibal in Uruguay.

Youth training programs and their evaluations are ubiquitous, yet there is relatively little evidence on the mechanisms through which they operate and their effect on outcomes beyond the labor market.

This report examines the situation of Guatemalan youths based on an approach about the opportunity for human developing they represent. The analysis arises in the context of a set of basic opportunities: live, learn, participate and enjoy.

It is no news that education is an important step to ensure openness to better opportunities for personal and social development. In this regard, there is significant progress particularly in Latin American and Caribbean countries in terms of gender parity, coverage and educational expansion.

Source: UNDP

Worldwide, youth face myriad challenges in terms of access to equal opportunities to jobs and having a voice in decisions which affect their lives. 


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