Our Strategy

Generation Unlimited's Strategy & Foundational Documents

Bodoor, 17 years, in her UNICEF-supported school. She is in 12th grade in Azraq Refugee Camp and preparing for her final exams.

If the largest generation of young people in history is prepared for the transition to work, the potential for global progress is unlimited.

Documents below provide a review of Generation Unlimited's strategy to meet the urgent need for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, ages 10-24, on an unprecedented scale.

Strategic Analysis

Provides a high-level overview of the challenges facing young people and positive efforts and gaps in support of young people at local, national, and global levels. It informs the strategic positioning of GenU and provides a review of the challenges GenU aims to address.

Youth work together at a inclusive computer education class at the LEC of Ali-Sabbieh in Djibouti.

Overview Of Evidence

Provides a high-level review of strategies that can improve outcomes for young people (10–24) across secondary-age education, skills and training, employment, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. The overview highlights practices that the GenU partnership can learn from and build upon. It is divided into three sections:
A) An overview of findings from seminal reports and academic literature on the topics vital to GenU
B) Case studies of the ways governments, NGOs, and the private sector have attempted to improve outcomes for young people
C) Research on effective ways to drive multi-sector partnerships

Project demo pitch in a group discussion facilitated by Ms Nguyen Khanh Hoa, communication teacher at RMIT University in HCMC.

Theory Of Change

Illustrates how the GenU problem definitions connect to the GenU vision with visuals showing the GenU business model inputs, outputs, outcomes and impacts. Visuals are provided for the overall GenU theory of change (ToC), as well as the country investment agendas and the global breakthroughs, with notes on enabling factors and assumptions. Each individual country investment agenda will ideally involve a coming together of partners to construct their own context specific ToC.

Frank Shaka(16), a form 2 student from Mangochi Secondary School participates in the Youth Out Loud and Capital FM Day of the African Child at Capital FM in Blantyre.

Operating Model

Provides the guidelines for the governance and organizational structure for GenU at country level and how it relates to the global team. It defines Tier 1, 2 and 3 countries and criteria for the global team to use in deciding which countries to support in developing their GenU partnerships. It details how to develop a foundational analysis and roadmap, including an investment agenda, and outlines GenU’s financing model and trust fund. As part of the operating model, the final GenU global governance structure will be available after the September 2019 meeting of the GenU Global Board.

Twelve-year-old Waibai Buka (second left) answers a question while holding a computer tablet provided by UNICEF at a school in Bagai, northern Cameroon

Results Framework

Provides a description of what success looks like for GenU at the global and country levels. Results frameworks are provided to track the quality of the GenU partnership at country level, as well as progress on global breakthroughs and youth challenges. Global level SDG outcome indicators aligned to GenU are also provided. The aim is to help country partnerships assess themselves using common indicator frameworks and help produce a yearly global snap shot of progress towards GenU aims. Results frameworks for specific GenU priorities can be prepared separately, based on country adaptation of the operating model. An indicator bank is provided to help with this task, which will be updated based on country level inputs.

On 20 February 2019 in Bangladesh, (left-right) Mohammed Forhad and Biplob Barca, both 18 years old, work on a motorbike in a garage in Court Bazar, in the Cox's Bazar district.

Investment Case

Brings together the five elements detailed above into a compelling case to attract and leverage investment in young people. It is a high-level introduction to GenU, which makes the case for further investment and action, calling upon stakeholders from all sectors to support the potential of this generation.