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Three-Day Regional Workshop on Youth Employment and Gender
February 11-13, 2015Kathmandu, Nepal

Join us as we share the results and the lessons learned from the World Bank's Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) and the Adolescent Girls Employment Initiative pilot in Nepal.

The meeting is intended to disseminate the AGI capstone products and create a space for dialogue around young women’s employment in the region. Specifically, the objectives are to: 

• Disseminate and discuss the policy recommendations of the AGI Capstone Report to influence policy dialogue on gender and youth employment in the region. 

• Impart specific design and implementation lessons learned from the AGI pilots to on-going and planned programs in the region.

• Discuss the lessons and results of the FYEI project in Nepal and highlight how these lessons are currently being replicated and scaled in Government policies and programming. 


In 2008 the World Bank launched the Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) to provide cross-country evidence on how to promote young women’s transition to productive work. There are eight AGI pilots, including the Female Youth Employment Initiative (FYEI) implemented by Helvetas and Employment Fund in Nepal.  Each program is tailored to the country context, with a common goal of discovering what works best in programming to help adolescent girls and young women succeed in the labor market. Each pilot includes a rigorous impact evaluation.  As the pilots near closing, the success of the initiative will be judged not only on results from these individual pilots, but also on the degree to which the AGI is able capture results and use the knowledge to improve policies and programs that assist young women in engaging in productive employment.    

After six years, the AGI is drawing to a close.  Some of the projects have yielded impressive results, confirming overall the importance of gender-aware programming in youth employment.  Collectively, the AGI is producing new evidence in two main areas: (1) rigorous evidence on program impacts to guide policy decisions; and (2) operational lessons and innovative strategies to improve project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.  

To expand the reach of the AGI beyond the individual pilots and to provide evidence to support the expansion of gender-aware programming to facilitate the economic empowerment of young women, two products are proposed for completion by the close of the AGI Multi-Donor Trust Fund in December 2015. First, an AGI Capstone Report will compile and synthesize impact evaluation results from across the AGI pilots, positioning these results within the broader evidence on gender and youth employment programs.

Second, as a complement to the analytical report, an operational tool-kit will provide access to the innovative strategies and operational lessons generated by the AGI pilots. The toolkit will make available the successful operational strategies—both gender-specific strategies as well as overall good practice tips and tools—so that they can be replicated or adapted in other projects. 

Day 1: The Global Challenge of Youth Employment

Opening Remarks

Takuya Kamata, Nepal Country Manager, World Bank 

The Adolescent Girls Initiative

Mattias Lundberg, Senior Economist, Jobs Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, World Bank

Panel: Youth Employment – Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Donatella Lorch, Journalist


Cheryl SH Lim, McKinsey Institute for Government

Dipendra Sharma, Secretary Minister of Youth and Sport, Government of Nepal

Caren Grown, Senior Director for Gender, World Bank

Anand Bagaria, Managing Director, Pro-Biotech Industries Ltd. 

Nepal Adolescent Girls Employment Initiative

AGEI Participant

Jasmine Rajbhandary, World Bank

Shubha Chakravarty, World Bank

Panel: Inclusive Skills Development for Youth – Priorities for Action

Moderator: Donatella Lorch, Journalist


Mattias Lundberg, Senior Economist, Jobs Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, World Bank

Bharat Pokharel, Deputy Country Director, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal 

Pablo Gottret, Practice Manager for Social Protection and Labor, South Asia Region, World Bank

Brabim Kumar KC, President, Association of Youth Organization Nepal (AYON)

Lava Deo Awasthi, Joint Secretary, Nepal Ministry of Education 

Day 2: Learning from Nepal


Mattias Lundberg, Senior Economist, Jobs Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, World Bank 

Sarah Nedolast, Senior Program Coordinator, Gender & Development, World Bank

Bal Ram Paudel, Team Leader, Employment Fund

Day 3: Lessons and Tools


Mattias Lundberg, Senior Economist, Jobs Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, World Bank 

Sarah Nedolast, Senior Program Coordinator, Gender & Development, World Bank

Sunita Shrestha

Rob Ubaidur, Bangladesh Country Director, Population Council

Mathias Liu

Sarah Haddock, Operations Officer, Gender, World Bank

  • Lava Deo Awasthi

    Lava Deo Awasthi is the Joint Secretary for Planning in the Ministry of Education in Nepal. Dr. Awasthi has worked in Government organizations and education institutions in various capacities. He was head of various divisions such as Planning Division and Education Management Division, Higher Education and TVET division. Earlier he was Director General of the Department of Education. Dr. Awasthi coordinated the planning process of Nepal’s School Sector Reform Program. He has initiated reform programs for improving learning in schools, with emphasis on children’s cognitive development.
  • Anand Bagaria

    Anand Bagaria is the Managing Director of Nimbus Holdings P. Ltd., one of Nepal’s leading business houses with interest in agri-business, finance and investment services, poultry and livestock farming, chemical processing, grain trading, solvent extraction, automobiles, poly woven fabric production, liquid petroleum gas and animal health and nutrition.
  • Pablo Gottret

    Pablo Gottret is the Practice Manager for Social Protection and Labor in the South Asia Region of the World Bank. He is responsible for managing the work program and staff in the Social Protection unit for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He joined the World Bank in November of 2002 as a Senior Economist in the Health, Nutrition and population Anchor where he concentrated in health finances and health systems issues supporting clients in Africa, LAC, ECA and South Asia regions.
  • Caren Grown

    Caren Grown is an internationally recognized expert on gender issues in development. Prior to joining the World Bank as Senior Director for Gender, she was Economist-In-Residence and co-director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University (AU) in Washington, DC. In 2013-2014, she led the UNU-WIDER program on aid effectiveness and gender equality, an international effort which resulted in 22 commissioned papers and a global synthesis. During 2011-2013 she took leave from AU to serve as Senior Gender Advisor and Acting Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she crafted the Agency’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment policy and led efforts to implement it in systems and programs.
  • Sarah Haddock

    Sarah Haddock is a Gender Operations Officer at the World Bank.
  • Brabim Kumar KC

    Brabim Kumar KC is the current president of Association of Youth Organization Nepal (AYON). AYON is an umbrella network of youth organization in Nepal. At AYON, he is providing youth prospective in various policies, programs and development agenda. He has held various positions in youth organizations. He was general secretary at AYON, secretary of External Affairs and Executive Board Members at Nepal Ko Yuwa. He has represented Nepali youth in different delegations.
  • Cheryl SH Lim

    With more than 13 years consulting experience, Cheryl has advised and consulted for leading companies in the Telecommunications, High-Tech, Financial Services and FMCG on strategic and commercial topics ranging from corporate strategy/long-range planning, new market/technology strategy, commercial performance improvement and corporate finance/M&A. In particular, she has advised several leading media and telecom operators in the region, at the Board-level on strategic options in new markets as well as commercial strategy for new technologies and new businesses.
  • Mattias Lundberg

    Mattias Lundberg is a Senior Economist in the Jobs Cross-Cutting Solutions Area of the World Bank. He was previously a Senior Economist in the Social Protection and Labor team. He is lead research and interventions on the school-to-work transition as the director of the Bank's Global Partnership on Youth Employment, and he managed field experiments in active labor market programs for youth under the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund and the Adolescent Girls Initiative, and in financial decision-making under the Russian Financial Literacy Trust Fund. He was one of the principal authors of the 2007 World Development Report, Development and the Next Generation. He has also worked on youth voice and violence, the reintegration of former child soldiers, income distribution, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, health sector reforms, and other issues.
  • Sarah Nedolast

    Sarah Nedolast is a Senior Program Coordinator for Gender and Development at the World Bank.
  • Bal Ram Paudel

    Bal Ram Paudel is a Team Leader at the Employment Fund.
  • Bharat Pokharel

    Bharat Pokharel is a Lead Researcher within the Asian Highlands project. He is coordinating research exploring local-level water planning and dialogue processes for the Nepal study site. Bharat is the Deputy Country Director of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal. He has more than 27 years working experience in the area of natural resource governance, notably community forestry, land tenure, livelihoods, environment and climate. He is involved in research analyzing the interface between the community and state, forest cover change and land tenure system and communities' perspective on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Bharat's work on forest governance and climate change has been published in a many book chapters, journal articles, and policy briefs.
  • Dipendra Sharma

    Dipendra Sharma is the Secretary Minister of Youth and Sport for the Government of Nepal.
  • Rob Ubaidur

    Rob Ubaidur is a senior associate and country director of the Population Council's office in Bangladesh. He provides leadership and technical guidance in the development, management, and evaluation of research projects implemented by the Government of Bangladesh, development partners, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). He also conducts policy analysis for the introduction of new programmatic interventions.
  • When: February 11-13, 2015
  • Where: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • CONTACT: Lisa Fry
  • lfry@worldbank.org