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What are good indicators for assessing the inclusiveness of businesses, particularly for the inclusion of youth?

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Vinícius Ferreira
2016-10-7 16:56

To promote inclusiveness of the youth it would be quite valuable to measure the proportion of them in the total amount of employees. High skilled jobs also need more qualification, then, we should also know if the education  that is provided for young people is enought for they achieve succesful positions. The ICT sector usually demands constant inovations, that is a good reason to hire young people, because they are more up to take risks and inovative initiatives rather than the elderly. The Government can also incetivate the hiring of the you... read more »

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Wouter Kleijn - KIT
2016-10-11 21:28

Thanks for posing this intriguing question! Let me try to answer this from the perspective of someone interested and active in youth (workforce) development. Within this field some of the 'usual suspects' include:

- Increased income
- Increased saving
- # of (young) individuals with new/better employment
- % of individuals with new/better employment
- # of individuals with improved skills
This includes soft skills. Especially as more and more evidence points out that transferable skills such as emotional intelligence are just as importa... read more »

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Addisu A Lashitew - The partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management
2016-10-13 22:03

I am currently engaged in an INCLUDE research project on inclusive business models in Africa. So the question of how organizations can become inclusive and engage disadvantage groups such as the youth is a question I am trying to address. I will share a couple of observations.
As mentioned in the text, youth unemployment is a major problem in many African countries. Educational institutes often spawn graduates at a rate far greater than the employment capacity of the market. In many cases, the poor from rural background move to cities without ... read more »

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Sydney Machafa - International Youth Foundation Mozambique
2016-10-14 11:17

Whilst we can suggest a list of indicators I would like to point out that it may also be good to start from the business inclusiveness intervention strategy being used and the extent of the exclusiveness being targeted. This will clarify the theory of change, the intended outcomes and impacts including the underlying assumptions which will lead to the selection of output, outcome, impact indicators and the appropriate monitoring and evaluation framework. Below are examples of indicators; 
# of youth led business entities suppl... read more »

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INCLUDE secretariat - INCLUDE
2016-10-14 11:51

Many thanks to all contributors to this Question of the week for the inspiring and provoking comments. As this is an ongoing discussion, additional contributions are much appreciated. Nevertheless, we summarize the discussion so far as follows:

As Dr. Addisu Lashitew (Rotterdam School of Management) points out, one of the factors contributing to increasing youth unemployment is the growing number of people with a university or tertiary education degree. The market cannot absorb the rising amount of new graduates, resulting in a growing un(de... read more »

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