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YEN Evaluation Clinic - Youth Entrepreneurship programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa

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From 22-24 November 2010, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) will host its second annual Evaluation Clinic in Nairobi, Kenya. The Clinic will provide a venue for evaluation specialists to collaborate with youth entrepreneurship project teams for the development of impact evaluations plans. The 3-day event will include a series of interactive “consultation” sessions, lectures from renowned evaluation experts and the launch of a series of cutting edge impact evaluations. Collaborating with YEN on the delivery of the Clinic include International Initiative for Impact Evaluations (3ie), Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA), International Centre for Research on Woman (ICRW),Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) and the World Bank.

The Clinic is delivered as part of the Fund for Evaluation in Youth Employment. The Fund provides technical and financial support to youth entrepreneurship projects based on a competitive selection of proposals (more information on the Fund is available here). In the first selection stage, qualified proposals that are selected for the shortlist will been invited to act as “live case studies” for the Clinic. In the second selection stage, shortlisted proposals will be asked to submit full evaluation plans from which the best ones will receive grants for conducting their impact evaluation. The shortlisted projects that will act as “live case studies” during the Clinic will be announced on late September 2010.

The theme for this year’s Clinic is “Youth Entrepreneurship”. The geographic area for targeting is Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, entrepreneurship programmes have been receiving increasing attention from governments, donors and multilateral agencies as an alternative job creation strategy. Given the limited absorptive capacities of existing formal labour markets in the developing world, promotion of youth entrepreneurship and self-employment is one of the few feasible options to create employment opportunities both in the informal and formal economy. Nevertheless, the evidence to support positive impact of entrepreneurship schemes is extremely weak. The Clinic seeks to assist youth entrepreneurship projects implement successful impact evaluations and disseminate the findings that come out.

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  • Where: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Start date: Monday, 22 November 2010
  • End date: Wednesday, 24 November 2010
  • Country: Liberia
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