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Responding to youth unemployment

youth unemploymentYouth unemployment is still at a record level in the EU. It is particularly young people who have recently finished education who can’t find work. Although EU heads of state and government leaders have recognized the problem, measures for dealing with youth unemployment remain thin on the ground – a situation that is only slowly improving. Here at SAD, we are also trying to deal with young people’s chances on the job market. We are looking for practical solutions that will facilitate young people’s access to their first job. The initial results of a pilot project in Nepal are promising.

Involving affected people – participatory M&E as a factor in success

Video 50pxAt the beginning of May, SAD took part in the Solutions4Work conference in Istanbul. At the conference, organised by the World Bank, academics, representatives of governments, businesses and NGOs, as well as young people, engaged in exchange on progress made in the fight against youth unemployment.  In his presentation, Niklaus Eggenberger, Executive Director of SAD, highlighted the importance of participatory methods in monitoring and evaluation (M&E). In the following video report, he explains why participatory M&E is needed, how SAD uses it in the field and how you can involve beneficiaries.

Actions and measures for an intact environment

Umwelttag 50pxJune 5 is World Environment Day. On this occasion, the United Nations call on people around the world to take action to deal with current environmental problems. Celebrities, schools or even entire towns are preparing for the day with extremely varied, original plans. SAD takes environmental challenges into account in its projects too. In “Youth Innovation Fund Egypt” SAD provides Egyptian young people with the know-how to produce environmentally friendly products, and to integrate ecological production methods into their business plans.

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