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A Tale of Twin Demographics: Youth in Cities, Oct 2016

The World Bank

This week thousands of policy-makers, experts, NGOs and urban-minded citizens of all stripes are convening in Quito, Ecuador to discuss the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III – a significant global convening that occurs every 20 years. And, in a couple weeks, amid the costumes and candy, ghosts and goblins of Halloween, the world will mark UN World Cities Day on October 31st. For good reason, youth are part of the conversation.  In today’s global landscape, two demographic patterns should stand out:  rapid urbanization and large youth populations.  These patterns are especially robust across developing nations.  This week thousands of policy-makers, experts, NGOs and urban-minded citizens of all stripes are convening in Quito, Ecuador to discuss the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III – a significant global convening that occurs every 20 years. And, in a couple weeks, amid the costumes and candy, ghosts and goblins of Halloween, the world will mark UN World Cities Day on October 31st. For good reason, youth are part of the conversation.  In today’s global landscape, two demographic patterns should stand out:  rapid urbanization and large youth populations.  These patterns are especially robust across developing nations.  

BLOG: Harnessing the Power of Youth: Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Oct 2016

PYXERA Global

This was the initial thought that crossed my mind as I approached this year’s Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, the tenth annual conference presented by Making Cents International.However, these thoughts were quickly replaced by the acknowledgment that youth are more than the promise of the future. They are powerful individuals. Indeed, they are a force, and it is our collective challenge to ensure that they are a force for good. I walked away with the insight that four things are required to guide that youthful energy and vigor towards concrete opportunities: hard skills, soft skills, a vision for the future, and leaders prepared to guide and coach.

BLOG: Youth in Eritrea Gain Skills to Unlock Employment Opportunities, Oct 2016

UNDP

Eritrea faces wide scale youth unemployment, pushing many young people to brave their chances and migrate in search of better opportunities.  To address these issues, a project by the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS), with financial support from Norway, Japan and UNDP, is providing youth with vocational skills and training to help them find jobs. The trainings take six months and range from graphic design to metalwork, woodwork, beekeeping, hairdressing, pottery and electric installation. 

BLOG: Young African Agripreneurs Making Farming Cool, Oct 2016

The Citizen

Agriculture has been the mainstay of many economies. With more than fifty per cent of employment in Africa coming from the agriculture sector, youth are expected to have a strong role to play in agricultural development. Pursing employment and business opportunities in the agricultural industry is believed to be the best way for the youth. This is why several initiatives have been made to encourage the involvement of youths in agriculture to overcome the burden of poverty. Many point to to its ability to reduce unemployment in the country.

BLOG: This Year’s Big Moment for Youth Data: The 2016 Edition of the Youth Development Index, Oct 2016

Youth Policy

The 2016 Youth Development Index – now the only global index exploring the specific situation for children and young people – has launched at Australia House in London. While 142 countries improved their scores, the index sees big changes in the global rankings – including in the top spots – and offers a renewed challenge to policy-makers to ensure they continually respond to young people’s needs. The 2016 YDI is a tough reminder: when it comes to youth, no country can afford to be complacent.

BLOG: Andrea Leadsom is Right – We Need to get More Young People into Farming, Oct 2016

The Telegraph UK

When recently appointed Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom suggested that young Britons could take over post-Brexit fruit-picking and farm labour, her comments were met with derision. Speaking at a Conservative Party conference fringe event in Birmingham, she said she hoped that more young people could be “encouraged to engage with countryside matters”, and that “the concept of a career in food production is going to be much more appealing going forward.”

BLOG: A Decade of Learning and Partnerships at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Oct 2016

AgriLinks-Feed the Future

The 10th anniversary of the Making Cents Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit 2016 in Washington, D.C. on September 28-30 convened influencers and decision-makers to increase the impact, scale and sustainability of youth economic opportunities programming, policies and partnerships. This year’s decennial youth conference hosted over 500 people from 54 countries, providing a wealth of concrete learning opportunities, face-to-face networking and formal partnerships. Fiona Macaulay, CEO and Founder of Making Cents International, discussed the vision of the next decade of youth development and the necessary steps to achieve results and scale. 

BLOG: A New Era for Youth Entrepreneurship Programs: 4 Trends You Should Know, Oct 2016

Results for Development

Over the next three days, stakeholders committed to advancing the social and economic well-being of young people will convene at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities (YEO) Summit. The Summit, now in its 10th year, seeks to increase awareness of current and emerging innovative approaches that can help youth lead productive, engaged and healthy lives. As we look forward to the YEO Summit, we are excited to share key findings from a rapid landscape analysis Results for Development (R4D) conducted on youth leadership and entrepreneurship programs in Africa.

BLOG: 10 Lessons in 10 Years: Building the Youth Economic Opportunities Sector, Oct 2016

Making Cents International

A decade ago, I organized the first-ever global convening with the singular focus on how to increase the scale and sustainability of the youth economic opportunities sector. Fast forward ten years, to this past September, when 543 people from 53 countries gathered to share their knowledge, and celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event: The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit. Clearly, we were on to something big. 

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."

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