A project of Global Skills Network
Our vision for EYE is to set forth a model of training + pathways + telecollaboration that applies the tenets of entrepreneurship
in all its definitions to combat Youth Unemployment, one of the most serious challenges to a global society. Youth unemployment
rates tend to be higher than the adult rates in every country in the world. The United Nations defines youth unemployment as a
disengagement from the workforce of individuals between the ages of 15–24 years old. For the purpose of recruiting beneficiaries
to EYE training programmes, however, we have defined youth unemployment for individuals between the ages of 18-28, with a
special effort placed on recruiting women to the project, to reflect several realities:
(1) post-secondary education does not guarantee a decent job; since our primary focus is on combating youth unemployment
in the MENA region where the unemployment rates exceed those of any other region in the world, we took into consideration the
statistics cited above.
(2) defining a population as unemployed leads to the possibility of not accounting for a number of young people left out of work
or relegated to working in fields other than those of their career choice or not utilizing technical skills and other capabilities they may
have, or who are working part-time instead of full-time jobs.These are the underemployed, hidden away in employment statistics. The
consequences of underemployment are just as serious, and in many cases more so, as the underemployed lose valuable skills,
knowledge and abilities, have diminished prospects for job security and income, and suffer from emotional distress which, in turn,
may lead to deteriorating mental and physical health.
(3) research shows the high number of industries impacted by the global financial crisis that cannot offer young adults job security
in their home countries. Other underemployed youth have been forced to emigrate, including those who are refugees from violent
conflicts and disastrous economic conditions.
(4) oftentimes women are considered inactive in the workforce and are, therefore, excluded in unemployment statistics; their
inclusion would substantially increase the unemployment rate. Low female participation in the workforce has been attributed to
several factors, including but not limited to motherhood, household duties and high rates of gender violence. Their remuneration
and their professional progression are stunted by inaccessible or unaffordable child care, working without pay taking care of
household chores and other circumstances that restrict the time they could spend on paid work. The International Labour
Organisation reports that around the world, finding a job is much tougher for women than it is for men. But the quality of work
is also addressed by the gender gap for university-educated women, especially in our area of focus in the MENA region, where
the unemployment rates among university-educated women are more than three times higher than that of university-educated men,
and in some MENA countries eight times higher.
Reversing Emigration Trends
brings together a cross-sectoral consortium
to address the loss of young professionals and others
from the local workforces of our targeted regions.
An emigration crisis is brewing in the
flanks of the European Union.....
Bringing together diverse
people to collaboratively
analyze and address
complex problems that
An emigration crisis is brewing in the Southern,
Eastern and Baltic flanks of Europe, especially
acute in rural areas, that requires a new model
to create and support small business enterprises
to hire, increase revenues, secure capital,
innovate and create meaningful impact in their
communities. RETTE (Reversing Emigration
Trends Through Entrepreneurship) seeks to
engage our consortium partners as hub players
for their region to provide a mix of training
and support to promote and accelerate
entrepreneurship that co-creates sustainable,
inclusive social and economic prosperity.
Hub players form relationships and identify
needs within their regions to orchestrate joint
work around which entrepreneurship ecosystems
in their region can bloom and grow. This creates
a re-imagined social innovation sphere that
addresses the fact that decades of economic
development and public policy have not led to
equitable outcomes and constitutes the root
problem of the emigration crisis.
RETTE empowers our hubs as “social
extrapreneurs” that connect players to form a
social innovation ecosystem to support an
entrepreneurship education training model,
which in turn empowers entrepreneurs and
intrapreneurs in creating ventures that add
value to others and adds jobs to the local
economy, prepares young professionals for
the local labor market to deter emigration,
and adds value to local efforts toward economic
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* Stakeholder Dialogue and
Beneficiaries Virtual Exchanges
* Training for Skills, Competences
and a Growth Mindset
* Community of Practice for
Trainers and Mentors
* Local Linkages for Pathways
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combat youth unemployment and foster entrepreneurship
in your region!
The EYE Theory of Change for Reversing the Emigration Crisis...