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BLOG: A Young Farmer Energizes the Day, Oct 2016

AgriLinks-Feed the Future

The first day of the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit 2016 showcased agriculture. Beth Dunford, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future and Assistant to the Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, made introductory remarks that were then followed by the session, “Seeding the Future: Land Tenure, Technology and Opportunities in the Rural Economy.” Feed the Future is moving forward with the newly approved Global Food Security Act by laying out a vision to develop new ways to partner with the private sector to pave the way for the new ventures that focus on youth and new enterprise. As Beth Dunford noted, “Youth are interested in agriculture—just not in the agriculture of their parents."

BLOG: Rethinking the ‘Youth Are Not Interested in Agriculture’ Narrative, Oct 2016

Next Billion

In 2013, I interviewed a group of young people, staff and volunteers at a youth empowerment center in Kenya about their perceptions of agriculture as a livelihood. The interviews were part of a study driven by concerns about Kenya’s youth bulge, coupled with anecdotal evidence that the country’s youth had negative attitudes about working in the agricultural sector. The attitudes of the youth I interviewed were shaped primarily by the significant barriers they faced in accessing the capital needed to develop agriculture-based enterprises. Indeed, my findings pointed to the conclusion that the youth and agriculture problem runs deeper than the “youth are not interested” narrative.

BLOG: The Health Effects of Youth Unemployment, Oct 2016

Harvard Business Review

Our Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index found that among 47 high-income countries (as defined by the World Bank), the physical well-being of unemployed young adults between the ages of 15 to 29 is statistically tied with employed people aged 50 and older — 26% vs. 24% thriving, respectively. And in the U.S., where we were able to analyze a sufficient sample size, unemployed youth have a worse physical well-being compared with employed older adults — 23% vs. 31% thriving. (Gallup and Healthways define “thriving” physical well-being as consistently having good health and enough energy to get things done each day.)

BLOG: How to Undo the Normalization of Youth Unemployment, Oct 2016

Financial Review

In characterizing Australian school funding debates as being full of shrill arguments and vested interests where, at the end of the day, money doesn't impact performance as much as it should, Tim Dodd nails it (Unravelling Gonski: The school funding fight is on again AFR 18.9). School funding has grown 14 per cent more in real terms per student over the past decade, yet our results have gone backwards. If you got those results with any other investment, wouldn't you want to review your strategy?

 

BLOG: For Better Youth Vocational Training, Ask the Employers, Oct 2016

Creative Associates International

The formula for eliminating the skills gaps between workforce supply and demand is straightforward: Equip the workforce with the skills employers need. To find out just what skills the private sector is looking for, ask them. Salem Helali can attest to the efficacy of this demand-driven approach to workforce development. As Chief of Party for the Afghanistan Workforce Development Program, his team has placed more than 70 percent of its 27,000 graduates in mid-level positions or secured salary promotions with private sector employers.

BLOG: Financing for Young Farmers in the Republic of Moldova

The International Fund for Agricultural Development

Young women and men in rural areas of the Republic of Moldova are making good use of advantageous credit lines and other benefits offered by an IFADsupported project. Nineteen-year-old Anastasia Gilca is one of more than 700 women who have taken out a loan. She now runs her own profitable 3-hectare blackberry plantation. Following advice from her mother, Gilca started her business two years ago. When she heard about the youth entrepreneurship scheme run by the Rural Financial Services and Agribusiness Development Project, she signed up for training in business development, financial management and accounting.

BLOG: An Experience Beyond My Expectation, Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Washington D.C, October 2016

Saving for Change

Exceeded my expectations – experienced in a developed country where everything equips with high technology, well organize and cosmopolitan people. I was really impressed with participants who were from various sectors including U.S. government agencies, private sectors, young leaders and INGOs with different expertise from 54 countries. The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit was organized from 28th -30th September 2016 in Washington D.C provided great networking and transferable knowledge centered on these three aspects: Research (peer learning), Reactivated (inspired) and Relationship (connections).

BLOG: You(th) Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee: Finding Work for the Young Displaced in the Next Decade, September 2016

Barri Shorey, Senior Technical Advisor - International Rescue Committee

This month I will join the 10th Anniversary Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (Sept. 28-30th, in Washington, DC). The theme of the Summit is, Turning Points: How Do We Achieve Results and Scale in the Next Decade? When asked by the Summit organizer Making Cents International to write about my perspective on achieving scale and results for young people in the next decade, my 10 years at The International Rescue Committee (IRC) immediately pushed me to think more specifically: how do we achieve scale and results for DISPLACED YOUTH in the next decade?  

BLOG: Here Come the Young, September 2016

Foreign Policy

While countries across Europe and East Asia are grappling with declining birthrates and aging populations, societies across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia are experiencing youth booms of staggering proportions: More than half of Egypt’s labor force is younger than age 30. Half of Nigeria’s population of 167 million is between the ages of 15 and 34. In Afghanistan, Angola, Chad, East Timor, Niger, Somalia, and Uganda, more than two-thirds of the population is under the age of 25.

BLOG: Senegal: A Rural Youth Employment Policy Champion, September 2016

Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

In line with the Plan Sénégal Émergent, the main medium to long term social and economic policy in the country, the Rural Youth Employment Policy bases itself on four main pillars: (i) economic stimulus for job creation; (ii) investment in human capital; (iii) strengthen rural youth participation in policy and decision-making in the country; and, (iv) streamlining the governance framework for effective action towards rural youth employment creation. The final goal is to guide the support to create from 100,000 to 150,000 jobs per year.

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