Here are a few of the many successful jobs initiatives the World Bank has supported in recent years:
• In Uganda, the Youth Opportunities Program of the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund helped almost 6,000 unemployed youth start enterprises and improve their livelihoods. By providing vocational training opportunities and cash grants to youth groups, the $1.8-million program almost doubled cash earnings among participants (relative to a control group) while also improving social cohesion and community support.
• Through Bulgaria's Social Investment and Employment Promotion Project, more than 700,000 people are benefitting from small social infrastructure improvements and services at the municipal and community level. The project provides demand-driven improvements to employment services, training for vulnerable people such as the Roma population, small business support through virtual incubators, and local economic development planning.
• Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust in India offers a range of business development services and mentoring to its clients. The mentoring models have been tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs from underprivileged urban and rural communities. More than 1,200 youth enterprises have been created since the trust's inception in 1992 that have generated more than 11,700 new jobs.
• Designed and implemented in four months with less than $200,000, Digital Jam 2.0 is an initiative to promote Jamaican youth employment in the virtual global economy. As a result, more than 4,000 young people have been employed by online platforms. It also helped establish funds to support start-ups in the app economy and the commercialization of apps; and led to a number of internships with leading Caribbean telecom companies – and more.