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PRESENTATION:Digital Finance: Unlocking New Trends in Technology to Include Youth, Sep 2016

Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), Bankable Frontier Associates, Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL Global)

Three trends in technology are revolutionizing finance and in particular our ability to include youth in the formal financial sector.  They are: Mobility – or the ability to remain connected wherever we are; Ubiquity – where we all have access to high powered tools (software) and Big Data – where number crunching programs enable analysis at an unprecedented scale.  Learn from representatives of leading financial inclusion programs on how they are using these three trends to lower costs, improve analytical ability, and raise funds from new areas – all to promote access to finance for youth in the US and overseas.

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PRESENTATION: Sustainable Youth Financial Inclusion: Whose Responsibility Is It? Sep 2016

National Microfinance Bank-Tanzania, Women's World Banking

Who should be responsible for ensuring the financial inclusion of youth in the long term? Is it the private sector, public sector, or a combination of both? In this session, Women’s World Banking, the National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania and Xac Bank Mongolia will share their perspectives and experiences in developing robust, double bottom line youth savings and financial capability programs where banks have also collaborated closely with their governments in order to further advance the financial inclusion agenda. Come learn about their approaches, see what aspects of these models are replicable, and share your own perspectives!

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PRESENTATION: Credit for Youth = Hard; Credit for Youth in Conflict or Remote Areas = (Im)possible? Sep 2016

Al Majmoua, Chemonics International, Making Cents International

Providing credit for youth is difficult in most contexts due to their relatively smaller amount of experience and access to markets.  However, in many operating environments, additional challenges of rurality, conflict, and migration are also present, making the sustainable provision of credit and savings services more difficult still.  Hear three youth-inclusive financial service providers discuss the techniques they’ve used to successfully serve youth in the challenging environments of Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

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PRESENTATION: Crafting Stories to Unlock Employment Opportunities for Marginalized Youth at Scale: Lessons and Skills on Engaging Partners in Morphing Mindsets, Sep 2016

Adam Smith International

These youth are lazy. They don’t have skills. They only want to idle. In Kenya, this single story about youth from the coast has shaped the mindsets of educators, employers, government and youth themselves. It is stunting innovation and ultimately limiting employment and growth opportunities. As described by Chimamanda Adichie, “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. 

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PRESENTATION: Changing Youth’s Perceptions of Agriculture Experiences from Liberia

Making Cents International, RTI International, USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program

Discussions regarding youth and agriculture frequently focus on youth’s lack of interest in the sector. As a result, the perception of youth’s disinterest in agriculture continues. In this session, we will explore how three projects engaged Liberian youth found that not only are youth interested in agriculture; they can thrive in the sector. You will learn about tailored approaches to the first engagement with youth where mindset is formed around the business opportunities in agriculture. 

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PRESENTATION: Building Local MERL Capacity An Interactive and Phased Approach to Training Local Youth Serving Organizations, Sep 2016

Education Development Center

Want to make M&E capacity building fun and effective? This interactive workshop will introduce you to a highly participatory and phased training approach developed by EDC Akazi Kanoze in Rwanda. After participating in a mock training activity and learning about the local partners monitoring toolkit, you will be able to take this learning and apply it to your own work. 

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PRESENTATION: Applying Evidence Positive Youth Development Elements Improve Youth Outcomes, Sep 2016

USAID, International Center for Research on Women, Results for Development Institute, FHI360

Positive youth development (PYD) and cross-sectoral interventions are designed to improve the outcomes of youth, but there is little known evidence about their effectiveness in the international context and which combination of these approaches has the greatest impact for youth. This session builds on separate, but related learning efforts under USAID’s YouthPower Learning and YouthPower Action projects. Presenters will share findings from a systematic review on effectiveness of PYD in low and middle income countries with a specific focus on improving youth’s skills and workforce development. 

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PRESENTATION: African Youth Engagement Goes Viral Discuss with Young Leaders How to Create Economically Engaged Youth Networks, Sep 2016

Umsizi Fund, CIYOTA, Ongoza, Darecha Limited

The scale of the youth unemployment challenge is vast; we need to shift mindsets from the bottom up. Youth need to see new paths, opportunities and role models that encourage initiative and livelihood development. Youth leaders of the African Leadership Academy replicate "solution seeking" leadership training with youth throughout the African continent. What is working as near peers help youth develop 21st century skills and launch business ventures?

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PRESENTATION: A Cost-Effective Approach to Improving Youth Employment Outcomes, Sep 2016

Chemonics International, The Pragma Corporation, USAID Middle East Bureau

The youth employment crisis in the Middle East and North Africa stems from problems on both the demand side (insufficient market activity to create jobs) and the supply side (youth lack skills/experiences that private sector demands). In Year 1, the USAID/Tunisia Business Reform and Competitiveness Program (BRCP) used an approach that addresses these simultaneously to create nearly 4,000 jobs, at a cost-per-job of $1,207. Presenters will discuss key elements of this approach, the comparative cost effectiveness of enterprise-competitiveness programs, tools for design/implementation, and BRCP's experience leveraging enterprise competitiveness activities to strengthen the youth ecosystem in Tunisia. 

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PRESENTATION: USAID Positive Youth Development Mini Training, Sep 2016

USAID

This session, led by USAID will consist of a ‘mini-training’ geared to strengthen basic understanding of Positive Youth Development approaches and how to incorporate these into workforce development project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Participants will also learn about opportunities to take a cross-sectoral approach when designing workforce programs.

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