This evaluation synthesis was undertaken at a time when the effects of the 2008 financial crisis were having serious repercussions for a generation of young people, who constituted a large proportion of the populations of many developing countries, in the form of long-term unemployment, under-employment and uncertain employment.
The evaluation, which was mandated to find ways in which IFAD could improve its work with rural young people, first reviewed recent literature on youth development with a view to building an argument in favor of rural investments that benefit young people. It then assessed IFADs past loans and grants and the work of other organizations to identify comparative advantages, lessons learned and partnership potential. In the context of the post-2015 agenda, the evaluation suggested five ways in which developing country partners could cultivate the potential of their young people.
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