Date of Award

January 2016

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Alice Miller

Second Advisor

Kaveh Khoshnood

Abstract

The current thesis project consists of a programmatic mapping of existing policy and programming related to conflict-affected youth livelihoods and a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) of the literature to identify the evidence base for effective interventions. The programmatic mapping identified key actors in the field and existing policy and programming, revealing a need for: data regarding evidence-based interventions; demand-driven intervention strategies; cross-sectoral partnerships providing holistic programming approaches; increased outreach to vulnerable sub-populations; and increased youth participation in program design, implementation, management, and evaluation. The REA revealed a severe shortage of evidence-based practice in this area, but sheds light on the value of cash grants for startup businesses, on-the-job training, demand-side market-driven programs, and combination strategies for increased employment. The joint findings diagnose a nonfunctioning system in which agencies continue to invest in youth livelihoods in conflict settings despite lacking data about effective interventions. The thesis concludes with a set of recommendations for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to increase accountability in the provision of humanitarian and development assistance for youth livelihoods in conflict to improve youth development outcomes (including health).

Comments

This is an Open Access Thesis.

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