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BLOG: Malawi’s Future is in the Hands of the Youth Entrepreneurs, Nov 2016

UN SDG Action Campaign

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and its economy is worsening. Malawians are struggling to earn enough money to feed their families and two years of poor harvests means that people are hungry. There’s no welfare state, so earning a living is vital for survival. To make matters worse, Malawi also faces a serious youth unemployment crisis and the highest working poverty rate in the world. According to a report of the National Statistical Office and ILO, in 2013 only 11.3% of the working population was in formal employment, and the figures for those under 35 are worse.

BLOG: Advice on Youth Entrepreneurship from a Young Media Mogul – An Interview with Tiffany Pham, Nov 2016

UN Youth

In the margins of the 71st Session of United Nations Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee), the Division for Social Policy and Development (of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) organized a side-event to provide stakeholders with the space to examine initiatives that have worked in youth employment and entrepreneurship and to share lessons that can be adapted and adopted by all stakeholders. On that occasion, Tiffany Pham, the 29-year-old CEO and founder of the online platform Mogul which reaches 18 million women per week, emphasized why youth entrepreneurship and the contributions of young people are essential for innovation and solving real-world problems. In the below interview, Tiffany shared her views on being a young entrepreneur and some of the challenges she faced as a young woman in the media and technology industries.

BLOG: Connecting Unemployed Youth with Organizations That Need Talent, Nov 2016

Harvard Business Review

Gap Inc. understands both hiring math and competitive strategy when it comes to filling entry-level jobs in its 3,000-plus Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores. Across the U.S., nearly 6 million entry-level jobs will be created from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With low unemployment, the competition for talent remains fierce. Gap is joining a growing corps of large companies that are turning to an overlooked pool of entry-level talent: the 5.5 million 16-to-24-year-olds, called “opportunity youth,” who are out of school and out of work. 

BLOG: Access To Finance For Youth: An Opportunity In Afghanistan, Oct 2016

Chemonics International

Financial inclusion seeks to increase the number of individuals who are able to access formal financial services, with a focus on providing access to marginalized populations such as youth or women. According to the World Bank, almost 40 percent of the adults in the world do not use formal financial services, such as licensed commercial and development banks, savings and loan companies, and deposit-taking entities. The majority of the individuals who do not access these services come from poor households. 

BLOG: A Stronger Voice, A Better Commonwealth, Nov 2016

The Commonwealth Secretariat

The Commonwealth Secretariat is bringing together young entrepreneurs from across West Africa with the intent of setting up a new regional youth alliance, writes Musa Temidayo, a young Commonwealth Correspondent from Lagos in Nigeria. Never have I been more convinced about the importance of creating a supportive and thriving ecosystem for young entrepreneurs, and a stronger platform that will operate not just on a national setting but with a regional outlook.

BLOG: UN, African Union Partnership to Foster Job Opportunities for African Rural Youth, Oct 2016

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has partnered with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to generate job and business opportunities for young people in rural Benin, Cameroon, Malawi, and Niger, thanks to a $4 million grant from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. A new agreement was signed today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Assane Mayaki that will enable the four countries to create and implement policies in support of enterprise development in rural areas.

BLOG: Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship: The Key to Eradicating Poverty, Oct 2016

UNITED NATIONS SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT NETWORK

The United Nations strategy for policy-makers: tackle poverty by promoting job-creation and entrepreneurship for youth around the world. This year the number of unemployed youth globally is expected to reach 71 million, with young people three times more likely to be unemployed than adults.The Second Committee of the General Assembly met at UN Headquarters in New York last week to examine strategies to eradicate poverty through youth employment and entrepreneurship. Addressing the committee, Ms Daniela Bas, Director of the DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, cited the recent appointment of Werner Faymann as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth Employment as an indication of the UN’s direction.

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. 

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