Results for Development Institute, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation
Job creation and income generation are vital for economic growth in developing countries. This in turn depends on the availability of an appropriately-educated and properly skilled workforce with knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for work in the globalized economy. However, both limited enrolment and poor quality of secondary education in developing countries mean that youth do not acquire the skills needed for employment and income generation. The movement towards knowledge-based industries makes the completion of at least quality, relevant secondary school particularly critical. Additionally, the expansion of primary education is increasing demand for secondary education in developing countries.Read More (+)
Over the past year, Results for Development (R4D) has worked with regional partners in Africa and Asia to examine employer needs, explore existing curricula systems, and identify existing innovative skills delivery models. These background studies include broad reviews of issues related to skills, education, and economic development, as well as in-depth studies of 12 focus countries across Africa and Asia. Drawing on key findings from the regional and thematic background research, R4D produced two synthesis reports on skills for employability and innovative models for skills delivery, respectively.
Our research reveals the importance of transferrable and non-cognitive skills, particularly for the informal economy. Improving pedagogy is also central to increasing youth employability in developing countries. Key features of particularly successful models identified include an emphasis on multi-stakeholder partnerships, updated pedagogy, and innovative financing mechanisms to improve access, quality and relevance of skills at the secondary level.
Based on these findings, we are now conducting an in-depth analysis of a selection of innovative models to better understand the opportunities and constraints of scaling up programs that effectively deliver relevant 21st century skills. A regional convening is being planned to share and test findings with a wider group of stakeholders, and a final report consisting of our findings and recommendations will be published and shared in early 2013.