During the 2013 Call for Good Practices, 103 practices where sent by organisations coming from countries around the world such as Argentina, Bulgaria, Mexico, Uganda, Uruguay, Nepal, Jordan, and Turkey, to name a few. In total, 57 countries submitted a practice. When submitting their practices, applicants were asked to describe what elements made their programme an innovative one, how easily replicable it was for other organisations or why they thought their programme should be selected as a “good practice”, among other questions.
An international evaluation committee was assigned to assess the practices and they short-listed
20 of them. The evaluation committee based their assessment on six criteria: relevance of the
practice, its effectiveness and impact, its efficiency, its sustainability, its level of innovation and its
replicability as a practice fostering youth employment. In this context, replicability means the degree
to which a youth employment programme, or parts of it, can be integrated in or transferred to other
programmes, geographical regions or contexts. A selection committee composed of experts and
young specialists on youth employment was in charge of selecting winning practices according to
The winners of the 2013 call are respectively from Paraguay, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands
for the first prize; and Venezuela, Mexico and Slovenia for the second. Each practice, in their very
unique way, endeavours for youth to access decent work whether by building their self-esteem, by
eveloping their skills and capacities or by including marginalised individuals into their societies.
The initiative in Paraguay, called “Financially Self-Sufficient School Program” provides formal education and entrepreneurial practical training to young people and at the same time enables schools to become self-sufficient by running on-campus businesses which are operated by young people. The programme thus effectively transforms low-income youth into skilled rural entrepreneurs.
The initiative from Bangladesh targets young people with disabilities and provides training in
entrepreneurship, vocational training, start-up funding and salary subsidies for trial periods of
employment in order for their beneficiaries to integrate the prolific garment industry of their
country. The programme also lobbies with their government for better policy regarding people with
isabilities. Entitled “From Margin to Mainstream”, this initiative truly includes marginalised youth thus contribution to create a more just society.
In the Netherlands, the initiative, entitled “2Get There”, applies a peer-to-peer approach to increase self-reliance of the most vulnerable young people with the goal to prevent school drop-outs and re- insert them in the school system or labour market. The programme targets low income individuals, mostly with a migrant background and young people who are “out of sight” by appealing to their personal resources and strengths.
The organisation Superatec A.C from Venezuela creates opportunities for self-improvement for young people by providing training programmes on technologies as tools, on specific trades and on job search skills allowing them to access decent work on the labour market. Additionally, they facilitate the access of young people from traditionally excluded communities to qualify for decent jobs.
In Slovenia, the programme entitled “Moje Izkunsje” (My experience) of the organisation E- Študentski Servis seeks to facilitate the work-to-school transition by means of an online platform with digital portfolios presenting students’ work experience. This method creates a crucial link between students and employers. Additionally, certificates are issued to acknowledge student’s work experience in order to overcome the lack of recognition of non-formally gained work-related knowledge and skills, and discrimination faced by young people with low income in the employment sphere.
The programme “A Ganar” from Mexico narrows the gap between unemployment and lack of
education of socially disadvantaged young people through a model that uses sports as a tool for the
evelopment of skills for employment, integrating technical education tailored to answer the needs of the demand side. Hence all those initiatives are crucial in creating an inclusive society where social justice prevails for youth.