CHANGING THE CONVERSATION on youth unemployment
Linking people to jobs

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We connected people to jobs in Iraq through a web portal,, and a mobile application to help people find work and boost commerce. By the end of 2014, the portal had grown to serve more than 85,000 job seekers and 1,600 employers. More than 15,000 employment opportunities were posted and more than 12,000 Iraqis found jobs. More than 25,000 Iraqis — many of whom lack internet access — used the mobile app, which runs on three local cellular networks.


The global estimate for the number of unemployed youth starts at 75 million, and that figure is multiplied by three when the underemployed are included. A “skills mismatch” is a commonly cited reason for youth unemployment and a result of education systems that fail to produce graduates with the skills demanded by employers. … Read more

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Lara Goldmark
Lara Goldmark, MA
Technical Director, Private Sector Innovations