This framework for consultation was funded by the consortium of Youth Business International (YBI), War Child UK and Restless Development through their Programme Partnership Agreement (PPA) with the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The consultation is chaired by YBI, and the consortium commissioned Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to conduct research and to act as secretariat to the consultation.
All three consortium partners engage to varying degrees and at different levels in supporting youth entrepreneurship or livelihoods across different contexts.
Youth Business International is a global network of independent non-profit initiatives helping young people to start and grow their own business and create employment. HRH The Prince of Wales is President. YBI members assist under-served young entrepreneurs with a combination of training, access to capital, mentoring and other business development services. They adapt this common approach to their local context, working in partnership with governments, businesses and multilateral and civil society organisations.
Restless Development is the youth-led development agency. Restless Development works across
three main areas: civic participation, sexual and reproductive health and livelihoods and employment. In this latter area,
they are empowering young people with the skills, inspiration and resources to take up productive livelihoods and employment
opportunities that contribute not only to their household income, but to the economies of their wider communities and countries.
War Child UK is an international NGO that provides life-changing support to children and
families, whose lives have been torn apart by war. War Child’s vision is “a world in which children’s lives
aren’t torn apart by war”. War Child works on the ground with local organisations in five countries to provide
child protection, access to education, vocational and life-skills training and livelihood support to children and young people
in conflict affected communities.
ODI is Britain’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Their mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.
ODI’s Private Sector and Markets programme focuses on private sector development, and the role of business in promoting growth and poverty reduction