Chemonics convenes its youth and economic experts for two major industry events: The Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) 2018 Summit and the Small Enterprise Evaluation Project (SEEP) Annual Conference.

As the development community continues working towards the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we look to the global economy to advance our efforts. We know that we will not achieve many of the SDGs without increasing employment opportunities for the world’s population, especially women and youth. How are we responding to the growing demand for digital and behavioral skills? How are we engaging with the private sector to ensure these populations are learning what they need to know to enter the workforce? What are we doing to create enabling environments for children to grow up and participate in the global economy?

Join us as we answer these questions and more at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) 2018 Summit September 25-27 and the Small Enterprise Evaluation Project (SEEP) Annual Conference October 1-3. The winners of our Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest, along with other Chemonics experts, will present at both conferences.

Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) 2018 Summit

September 25, 2:50 – 3:50 p.m.
From Start-Up to Scale: Leveraging Digital Solutions and Aggregated Partnerships to Reach Rural Youth at Scale in Agribusiness
This interactive session will highlight experiences with using digital solutions to formally contract 24,000 rural youth in agribusiness enterprises. Participants will learn and share challenges and ways to overcome structural issues like influencing farmer cooperatives to be more youth focused, enabling youth to access financial services, and incentivizing youth and private sector actors to embrace basic but innovative information and communication technology solutions in agrarian economies like Uganda.

September 26, 10:35 – 11:50 a.m.
Start It Up: Understanding the Role of Incubators and Accelerators to Foster Youth Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship
Incubators and accelerators are playing a larger role in startup communities around the world, and a growing number target young social impact entrepreneurs. Yet the differences between incubators and accelerators is often not well defined or understood and, when it comes to quality, not all incubators and accelerators are created equal. Although early evidence signals their potential to improve startups’ outcomes, and for these benefits to spill over into the broader startup community, the measurable impact of incubators and accelerators on performance varies widely among programs. This session brings together several unique perspectives from the ground floor of youth entrepreneurship and the opportunities and challenges that accompany incubators and accelerators.

September 26, 10:35 – 11:50 a.m.
Garage Hub: From Garage to FabLab in Eastern Ukraine
Garage Hub is the first FabLab in the East of Ukraine created and driven by youth and open for all science and engineering enthusiasts. The Hub was started by four engineering students who were completely disillusioned after starting their engineering studies at one of the prominent national universities in Kharkiv. The courses were too theoretical, laboratories were outdated, professors had little to no work experience with innovative technologies. After failed attempts to change the situation at the university, the group of students decided to organize an alternative independent laboratory in a rented garage, where they started assembling 3D printer and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machines from handy materials. With USAID support, the team managed to create a top-notch technical lab and educational space, providing their peers non-formal learning opportunities.

Poster Presentation
Building the Future Health Workforce 2030: Opportunities for Youth Employment in Health

Small Enterprise Evaluation Project (SEEP) Network Annual Conference

October 2, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Progress through Partnerships: Engaging Market Actors for Women’s Empowerment
Brokering strong partnerships built on shared value and common incentives can be the foundation for sustainability — especially critical when facing the multifaceted challenges of promoting women’s economic participation in complex operating environments. Three different actors in Pakistan — the USAID mission, the USAID Punjab Enabling Environment Project, and the Pakistan Partnerships in Inclusive Seed Systems activity — are navigating their complex environment by facilitating and leveraging partnerships with public and private market actors to ensure sustainable interventions and commitments to women’s economic empowerment. You’ll hear about everything from mobile training buses to women’s forums and other solutions only made possible by partnerships.

October 3, 2:15 – 3:45 p.m.
M&E for Markets: Building Evidence, Tracking Distortion, and Measuring Success
Analyzing a market system for inefficiencies or distortion can be daunting. How do we decide what to measure? How can we use data to ensure interventions don’t distort local markets? How do we measure success? In this session, we’ll discuss key issues in designing M&E approaches for market systems. We’ll ground this discussion in the humanitarian context by hearing about the Local and Regional Procurement Learning Alliances’ updates to the MARKit price monitoring and response kit, and in the development context, by hearing about the USAID Agriculture and Rural Development Support Program’s evidence-driven pilot that triggered unexpected systemic change.

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