About the Project
In Nicaragua, 65% of the unemployed are under 30. Services provided by training institutions, employment agencies, and other workforce development actors are only weakly aligned with the demands of employers and job-seekers, and there is little apparent collaboration among them. This provided the scope for LINC’s Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) tool to assess existing relationships, and identify opportunities for youth workforce development network strengthening as part of the USAID-sponsored “Workforce Connections” Community of Practice. As part of the analysis, 131 core network actors in nine functional groupings (e.g. government, vocational institutions, employment agencies, etc.) were surveyed, identifying 506 unique organizations and describing 1,248 partnerships. The findings illuminated a number of key characteristics of the existing network and opportunities for improvement; see below for the full report and other resources highlighting the findings and their implications or click to explore an interactive map of the network and key insights.