Economic Opportunities

Learn about how we have adapted our programming approaches.

Programming transformations for greater impact on the lives of young people

The majority of young people live in regions that are disproportionately affected by challenges stemming from conflict, displacement, climate change, and rising inflation. The rapidly evolving nature of these global challenges remind us of the constant need for adaptation to ensure our work continues to meet the greatest needs of young people around the world.…
The report recommends programs in order to support inclusion and access to education.

Situational Analysis of Access to Secondary Education and Economic Activities of Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Ethiopia

WUSC, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, shared a situational analysis on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Ethiopia and their access to secondary education and economic opportunities.  The analysis, authored by a team of researchers at Samuel Hall, contributes to the objectives of the DREEM Project, a partnership between WUSC and the Mastercard Foundation that…
The TAWASOL project is an initiative that seeks to create and support a more enabling and gender-inclusive environment for youth employment in Iraq.

Connecting the Dots: TAWASOL Initiative Brings Together Training Institutions and Employers to Help Youth Careers Flourish in Iraq

Nestled within the neighbourhoods of Kirkuk is a cozy kitchen where a mother and daughter stand side by side. The scent of baking pastries and cakes fills the air as they work on fulfilling the next order from a family down the street. Four years ago, they had the idea to turn their shared love…
WUSC is supporting women in Ghana to claim their place in professions they want to join, even though the road to get there isn’t easy.

Deconstructing Stereotypes for a Future of Possibilities

WUSC is supporting women in Ghana to claim their place in professions they want to join, even though the road to get there isn’t easy. How do we do that? By deconstructing stereotypes and changing attitudes about “women’s work,” increasing training and apprenticeship programs, and engaging workplaces and industries to provide equal opportunities for women.…
WUSC is renewing our commitment to supporting refugees by championing durable solutions.

From Education to Employment to Sport and Beyond: Seven Pledges to Expand Complementary Pathways, Champion Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement and Promote Refugee-led Solutions

Fuelled by new and protracted crises, forced displacement continues to be a challenge and requires urgent and collective action.  At the Global Refugee Forum, the world will unite to tackle challenges facing refugees and host communities.  The Global Refugee Forum is the world’s largest gathering on refugees and will provide an opportunity to build on…
2024 WUSC International Seminar in Jordan, Kenya and Malawi: applications now open!

Harmonizing Hopes: Refugee and Host Community Youth Thriving Together – A Collaborative Journey towards Economic Opportunities

Are you passionate about the socio-economic development of young people? Do you want to help strengthen the cohesion between refugee youth and the communities hosting them? Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident between the ages of 18 and 30? WUSC invites you, from July 28 to August 24, 2024, to participate in the…
In collaboration with our partners and networks, we committed to expanding and championing education pathways and refugee inclusion in our work.

Four-Year Progress Report: How the WUSC network is fulfilling pledges made at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum

In 2019, WUSC made a series of pledges at the first-ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF). In collaboration with our partners and networks, we committed to expanding and championing education pathways and refugee inclusion in our work.   Four years later, we want to express our gratitude to our networks and partners for the progress we have…
A virtual presentation to learn more about volunteering in Sri Lanka.

WUSC International Volunteer Information Session – Spotlight on Sri Lanka!

Are you interested in global development, seeking opportunities to give back, gain new experiences, or exchange skills through volunteering? If so, we have an exciting event for you to mark on your calendar: the WUSC International Volunteer Information Session: Spotlight on Sri Lanka! Date and Time: October 18th at 12 p.m.  EDT Since 1977, WUSC…
A group of individuals together during the WUSC International Seminar in Accra, Ghana.

Environmental Sustainability: A Call for Greater Inclusion of Young People

76th International Seminar in Ghana During the first four weeks of August 2023, 23 young people aged 18 to 30 gathered in Accra, Ghana to take part in one of WUSC’s flagship events: the International Seminar.  This is a unique and transformative opportunity that WUSC provides to young people every year, with the aim of…
A diverse group of staff, interns, and volunteers pose in a brightly lit stairwell at the ACADES office in Malawi.

5 Key Findings from the Mobilization of International and National Volunteers in Support of Global Development

Although we are now seeing many Canadians eager to engage in international volunteer opportunities once again, we have heard from our IGNI+E partners that bringing together volunteers who can represent both national and international perspectives not only helped sustain momentum, but—as was the case at ACADES—also strengthened their results. So we undertook a study with our partners to learn more about their experiences during this unanticipated adaptation of our volunteer mobilization approach. Here are five key findings.

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