World Bank Study on Skill Profiles of Refugees in Ethiopia

World Bank Study on Skill Profiles of Refugees in Ethiopia
The World Bank contracted Zerihun Associates to conduct a 5600 Household Survey in three regions of Ethiopia. The survey of the Skill Profiles of the Refugees aims at informing the proposal for IDA 18 Refugee Window, the design and baseline of the Ethiopia Job Compact Project. It will focus on a profile for skills and potential opportunities for refugees in Ethiopia to design a better mix of approaches which could help the government in creating durable livelihood solutions.

Activating the Urban Youth into the Labor Market in Ethiopia (World Bank)
Despite Ethiopia’s strong economic growth in recent years, unemployment remains very high in urban areas, particularly in larger cities. Around 17 percent of the urban labor force was considered unemployed under the official definition of unemployment in Ethiopia (out of work and available for work) in 2014. The unemployment rate was even higher in Addis Ababa, where it reached 24 percent. The large majority of the unemployed (65 percent) in Addis were between the ages of 15 and 29 years of age, resulting in approximately 1.1 million unemployed youth in the urban Ethiopia. To support youths in their job-search efforts, a World Bank team is designing a goal-setting workshop that guides unemployed and underemployed youths through the process of setting an occupation goal, identifying, recognizing some of the barriers they may face in the process, and thinking through the steps required to achieve it.

The World Bank partnered with Zerihun Associates to pre-test the recruitment strategy to encourage youths to enroll in the workshop, as well as pre-test the data collection plan of a baseline and short weekly phone interviews over a period of one month.