United Nations Development Programme
Each year, more than 100,000 new jobseekers enter the already saturated job market. In Benin, 70 percent of people between 15 and 29 years old are underemployed, and this age group accounts for approximately 60 percent of the active population. In response UNDP and the Government of Benin have implemented two projects. Business Promotion Centres (BPCs) train and advise young entrepreneurs on starting their own businesses and participating in job-creating and income-generating activities, while the project to promote agricultural entrepreneurship introduces young people to organic farming, agri-food processing and the management of natural resources.
The Commonwealth Youth Program
To mark International Youth Day 2016, on 12 August, the first-ever Australian National Youth Development Index report has been launched with support from the Commonwealth Secretariat. The index measures the situation for 6.3 million young people aged 10 to 29 in Australia, and examines changes between 2006 and 2015 across five domains: education, health and well-being, employment, civic participation and political participation.
Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who actively run a business. EO GSEA is an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources, and grow their businesses. The local chapters Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) will host live competitions at the local, regional or national level, which will serve as a qualifying event for GSEA Finals in Bangkok, Thailand. The live competition is reserved for undergraduate students (pursuing a bachelor's degree) only.
The 2017 Fellowship will take place from January – December 2017. As a Fellow, you’ll be a part of an exclusive community of up-and-coming innovators and changemakers representing diverse backgrounds, industries and schools from across the country. Applicants should be a founding member who is a decision maker of a startup. Whether you are currently running a business or developing your idea, all startup stages are eligible. We are looking for the best of the best!
In its drive towards economic diversification and sustainable growth, Kuwait is focusing on the entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, and trading heritage of its people to attract foreign investment. Yet getting innovative ideas off the ground remains difficult for many young entrepreneurs, as home businesses are illegal in the country. In an economy where the public sector remains the primary employer, Kuwaiti youth are constantly exploring new entrepreneurial avenues through home businesses. Home businesses “allow young people and their ideas entry into the market with low risks,” explains Nasser Al Sulaihim, a youth member of Legalize Kuwait.
Ashoka’s Youth Venture
It is no one else’s responsibility to identify me as a “changemaker” before I do so for myself. Now, I boldly call myself a changemaker because of several reasons. Not only do I feed off the inspiration of other changemakers who have come before me like Les Brown and Martin Luther King Junior, but I make the daily conscious decision to be part of the solution and not to bemoan the past and join those who are part of the problem. If you were to ask me what some of the common traits I share with other changemakers, you would not hear me say that it is the accolades or accomplishments of success that changemakers get along their journey.
The Center for Universal Education at Brookings
The Educate! Experience (2009–present), implemented by Educate!—a U.S.-based nonprofit—is an experience-based education program that addresses the mismatch between education and employment opportunities in Uganda. The program focuses on three areas: student skills development, teacher training, and advising on national policy. Educate! Scholars, a select group of secondary school students, are provided with skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness, along with mentorship to start real businesses at school. The Educate! Experience program is delivered by young entrepreneurs, called Mentors. As part of their work in schools,
Making Cents International
It’s not surprising that rural youth around the world don’t want to follow well-worn paths into low-return, subsistence agriculture. But does this mean that agriculture programs shouldn’t bother trying to connect with youth, or that youth programs can forget about agriculture as a viable livelihood option? At Making Cents International, we answer these questions with a resounding “No.” Indeed, we are encouraged by what we learned from youth in South Sudan, Kenya, and other countries about the kinds of agriculture programs and activities that interest them.
Africa Business Fellowship
The Africa Business Fellowship is a partnership between Econet, African Leadership Network (ALN), and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). The program will match young American business professionals with paid 6-month placements in African companies. Its purpose is to strengthen relationships between the African and American business communities and provide future American business leaders with the hands-on experience they need to truly understand business in Africa. We believe that by exposing high-achieving American professionals to African business at this stage in their careers, we are setting the stage for increased American-African investment and more meaningful collaboration.
The World Bank
Are you a Senegalese university student between the ages of 18 to 30 years old? If so, the World Bank wants you to have your say on some of the most pressing development challenges in your country. The World Bank office in Senegal invites you to share your ideas for how to boost inclusive development in one of the following areas: agriculture, energy, or tourism. Enter the #Blog4Dev contest and you could win a two month youth project monitor position at the World Bank office in Dakar!