NEW DATES: What Works in Youth and Women’s Employment in MENA?

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Dear colleagues:

Please note that the dates of the Taqeem Forum: What Works in Women’s and Youth Employment in MENA, have now been changed to the 7 and 8 May 2018

We look forward to welcoming you in Cairo.



It is our pleasure to invite you to join ILO and partners at the What works in Youth and Women’s Employment in MENA Knowledge Sharing Forum taking place on 7 and 8 May at the GrEEK campus in Cairo, Egypt.

The event comes at a critical time to advance joint efforts to promote results measurement a crucial channel to ensure that experiences and lessons learned are documented, shared, and taken up in policy formulation. The ILOIFAD Taqeem Initiative and its Community of Practice (CoP) members have been piloting innovative approaches to results measurement of rural employment interventions. The CoP is now ready to expand  will your organization be a part of it?

  1. On day 1, 23 April, a knowledge sharing forum will take place sharing the latest evidence from evaluation and rigorous research on youth and women’s employment in MENA
  2. On day 2, 24 April, the new “Guide on Measurement of Decent Jobs for Youth” will be piloted with a select group of partners. 

We would be most grateful if you could confirm your participation by completing the online registration which can be found on the EVENT WEBPAGE, before 20 April 2018. Partners can register for either one of the days or participate in both days.

We look forward to your active participation and count on your critical inputs in the preparation of these important events.

Edited Mon, May 14, 2018 8:17 AM

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In a context where national employment strategies and programme interventions by unity governments to boost job creation for youth in the MENA-region have not really led to major visible results even with huge funding from external international organisations and Monetory Fundings, the question on the issue what works in youth and women employment in the region is very central for experience sharing on the best practices and examples which can help us to find nuances and a path way in a very complex political, social and economic MENA context.  

Day 1

10:00 - 11:00

Women's Employment: What Works in MENA


11:30 - 12: 30

Youth Employment: What Works in MENA

Day 2

9:15 - 10:45

Guide on Results Measurement in Youth Employment
Monitoring, evaluation and learning in labour market programmes

  • Drew Gardiner, ILO Geneva and Jonas Bausch, ILO Geneva


11:15 - 12:00

Taqeem Community of Practice Ignite! Talks



Edited Thu, May 10, 2018 4:13 PM

Youth Employment Programme

Guide to Measuring Decent Jobs for Youth: Monitoring, evaluation and learning in labour market programmes

The guide offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the topics of results measurement and impact assessment, their practical application in the youth employment field and how evidence created via results measurement strategies can lead to improved programming.


Note 1: Diagnosing, planning and designing youth employment interventions 
This section guides readers through the key steps in designing youth employment interventions. An employment diagnostic analysis can inform programme planners about the specific barriers to employment both across economic sectors and subgroups of youth. The note then provides guidance on how to select an intervention to tackle these constraints using a menu of Active Labour Market Programmes as a starting point to determine objectives and outcome.

Note 2: Concepts and definitions of employment indicators relevant for young people 
The objective of this note is to assist readers to choose appropriate outcome measures of their youth employment interventions. Readers can choose from a menu of decent work indicators, depending on the context and objectives of the particular project. The menu of youth employment indicators is broken down into four key dimensions: employment opportunities, employment quality, employment access and employment skills.

Note 3: Establishing a monitoring system 
This note summarizes the key steps for building a results based monitoring system for youth employment programmes. This includes guidance on visualizing a theory of change, defining a results chain and collecting, analysing and reconciling findings. The chapter includes innovations for technology powered M&E and lean data collection tools.

Note 4: Enhancing youth programme learning through evaluation 
This note discusses potential motivations for conducting evaluations, including an overview of key knowledge gaps in youth employment, before introducing the reader to evaluation criteria and how to derive relevant evaluation questions. It gives an overview of performance and impact evaluation as well as cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses.

Note 5: Impact evaluation methods for youth employment interventions 
This note first explores the fundamental impact evaluation question: "How can we show that the changes in outcomes we see result from our youth employment intervention?" and explains the theory behind methods that aim at establishing a clear cause and effect link, also known as attribution. The note to provide youth employment practitioners with an overview of the different tools available for an impact evaluation and discusses the features of certain evaluation designs which are particularly relevant for youth employment projects.

Note 6: A step-by-step guide to impact evaluation 
This note is a step-by-step guide to implementing an impact evaluation for a youth employment interventions. The note will help to plan an impact evaluation from the programme perspective, from preparation, timeline and budget, data collection, programme implementation and finally the dissemination of evaluation results. 

Note 7: Evidence uptake in policy formulation 
This note guides readers on how to ensure the results of their youth employment evaluation can inform the formulation of pro-employment policy frameworks. This can be achieved by ensuring research questions are relevant through engagement with constituents; communicating research effectively; and synthesising and repackaging research for different audiences. 

Dear colleagues,

The final report for the Taqeem Forum in Cairo on 7 & 8 May 2018 is now available:

Taqeem Forum Cairo - Report.pdf

The report includes a summary of the panel discussions, working groups and mindmapping sessions as well as the participants and list of Taqeem studies and briefs.

We have also created a photo album:

Please feel free to contribute.

Best regards,

The Taqeem Team

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