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Upcoming Webinar, Youth Economic Opportunities and Violence in Central America

Apply It! Webinar Announcement
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Time: 9:30 A.M. (Washington D.C.)
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Five of the top countries in the world with the highest youth homicide rates are in Latin America and the Caribbean. Violence impact youth opportunities. On the one hand, violence negatively affects economies, education and employment. On the other, youth are overrepresented in crime statistics, both as perpetrators and as victims of violence. The cross road between youth, violence and economic opportunities has become a policy priority. Programs and policies are frequently based on an oversimplified and unsubstantiated assumption: unemployment and lack of economic opportunities for youth lead to an increase of violence while creating economic opportunities for young people is an effective way to “pull” them out of violence. But, we know little about how violence and youth opportunities interact with each other.

Canada´s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has launched a research program to address this knowledge gap.  FLASCO Costa Rica has been leading this research and coordinating a regional program where 9 applied research projects are examining the relationships between youth economic opportunities and violence in Central America and testing solutions.

Does providing youth economic opportunities reduce violence? Is youth more violent due to the lack of opportunities? How do different forms of violence impact on youth trajectories? Which are the mechanisms by which violence and opportunities affect each other? Through 3 brief case studies in Central America, this webinar will discuss how violence and youth opportunities interact and how the high violence/low opportunities equilibrium in the region can be addressed.  The webinar will finish with the launch of a new knowledge and learning hub: “Vidas Sitiadas.” The webinar will share lessons and evidence to improve policies and programs to be more effective in reducing youth violence and economic exclusion by questioning traditional assumptions and proposing new ways to frame and address this challenge.

Main Learning points include:
1.    Strategies to overcome youth stigmatization and consider youth as change agents
2.    The role of the private sector to incorporate youth from marginalized highly violent territories
3.    What works and does not to foster YEO in context of urban violence and strategies to scale effective interventions

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Time: 9:30 A.M. EST (what time is the webinar in my location?)
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Ana Miranda, Senior Researcher/Professor, National Scientific & Technical Research Council (CONICET)/University of Buenos Aires

Carolina Robino, Senior Program Officer, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Fidel de Rooy, Social Researcher & Communications Specialist, La Facultad de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO), Costa Rica

Guadalupe Leiva Choriego, Research & Development Manager, La Fundación Salvador del Mundo (FUSALMO)

Speaker Bios

Ana Miranda, Senior Researcher/Professor, National Scientific & Technical Research Council/University of Buenos Aires

Ana Miranda is a senior researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and a professor at the University of Buenos Aires. She is the leader of Grammar of Youth Longitudinal Research Program in FLACSO Argentina. She also run a postgraduate program on youth in Latin America.  Her research and teaching are related to youth, education, inequality and labor. She has written 7 books, the most recent is  Entre la educación y el trabajo: la construcción cotidiana de las desigualdades juveniles en América Latina (2018, CLACSO free access) which was written with the collaboration Latin American Network for Transition Education Work, where she takes part in the coordination.  In July 2018 he was elected Deputy President of RC 34 of the International Sociology Association (ISA) for the period 2018-2022.

Carolina Robino, Senior Program Officer, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Carolina Robino is a Senior Program Specialist at Canada ́s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). She is based in Montevideo at IDRC’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Her areas of interest include poverty and inequality, labour markets, financial inclusion and women and youth economic empowerment. She also works on the role of businesses and social innovation as a tool for inclusion of women and youth. Prior to joining IDRC, she worked as a researcher and visiting lecturer at the Department of Development Studies of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. She holds a B.A in Economics from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay; a M.A. in Latin American Social and Political Studies from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile, and PhD in Development Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Fidel de Rooy, Social Researcher & Communications Specialist, La Facultad de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO), Costa Rica

Fidel de Rooy is a social researcher and communications specialist at FLACSO Costa Rica. With a degree in sociology, he has worked in recent years on various projects of academic and scientific dissemination, with special dedication to web and visual data narratives. He is currently part of the team of researchers of the project Strategies for social inclusion of popular youth in Latin America: possible paths to overcome violence, managed by FLACSO Costa Rica and funded by IDRC.

Guadalupe Leiva Choriego, Research & Development Manager, La Fundación Salvador del Mundo (FUSALMO)

Guadalupe Leiva Choriego gathers twenty years of experience in social and development projects, especially focused on young people with social vulnerability. Currently working as Research and Development Manager in FUSALMO (Fundación Salvador del Mundo) with experience in issues related to childhood and youth in El Salvador. A FUSALMO point of contact in the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Advisory Council of Civil Society and representative of El Salvador in the Right to Education campaign for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Economist with a postgraduate degree in Financial Administration. University teacher in Project Management, with eight years of experience working in networks about educational and employment issues, and ten years of experience in local development programs.

Apply It! Webinars are supported by Making Cents International’s Youth Economic Opportunities Network (YEO Network), a global hub dedicated to advancing knowledge exchange, collaboration, and action. Find more resources and activities designed for experts working to advance the social and economic well-being of young people by following @YouthEconOpps on Twitter.

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