REPORT: Innovate for Agriculture, Young ICT Entrepreneurs Overcoming Challenges and Transforming Agriculture, May 2016


The report introduces 30 innovators, 21 featured with full stories, and nine ‘innovators to watch’. Case studies include innovations from Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. A couple of innovators who come from outside ACP but offer services in these regions are also featured. The publication is a collection of life stories of interest to aspiring agri-tech entrepreneurs from all countries. Featured innovations include: how the innovation came about; what problems it addresses; how the innovations are implemented; impacts so far; the business model; challenges faced; strategies to address sustainability; and, the future outlook. 

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FELLOWSHIP: Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation, June 2016

Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN)

The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship at Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) recognizes social entrepreneurs, 35 years or younger, whose nonprofit and for-profit ventures tackle significant social challenges through innovative business models. Now in its sixth year, the BHSI Fellowship is committed to empowering entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds by providing them a platform for growth. Fellows gain exposure to nationally-recognized business and civic leaders, establish a community of support with past Fellows, are awarded $10,000 in financial support toward their work and participate in CIW, a weeklong ideas festival featuring world-class speakers and thinkers, October 17–23, 2016.

BLOG: Passionate Youth for Agricultural Development, April 2016


Combatting youth unemployment in developing countries has become a priority issue of policy agendas. In the context of increased global food insecurity, emphasis has been put on engaging youth in agricultural development. Yet challenges lie ahead as currently agriculture does not seem a very interesting business proposition for young people. Many also lack the skills to be a successful farmer. Gearing investments towards a small group of motivated and entrepreneurial youth might be the best and most cost-effective approach to address the employment and food security challenges, according to professionals that attended the food security exchange week workshop on youth.

FELLOWSHIP: Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, May 2016

Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

President Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. In fall 2016, 250 YLAI Professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean will expand their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the U.S. 

EVENT: Findings From the First Annual Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) Report, May 12, 2016

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Emory University’s Social Enterprise Goizueta
May 12, 2016 (04:00am to 06:30am)

GALI is a multi-year global research initiative designed to explore - and answer - key questions about enterprise acceleration. Within a few short years, the program has collected detailed data from fifteen different  Village Capital programs across several countries, including the United States and many emerging markets. Analyzing this data, we have produced the first GALI annual report, which provides a valuable opportunity to learn about how specific program choices are driving accelerator performance.

CHALLENGE: School Enterprise Challenge 2016, April 2016

School Enterprise Challenge

The School Enterprise Challenge is a student-led, business start-up awards programme for schools around the world. This free programme guides and supports teachers and students to set up real school businesses. Students develop essential skills in business and entrepreneurship in a practical, fun and innovative way. The programme helps schools generate extra income for their school, or a social cause of their choice.

BLOG: Empowering Young People Will Build a Better World, April 2016

Skoll Foundation

Education systems worldwide are facing criticism for failing to prepare children to face the challenges of the modern world, through an over-emphasis on repetitive learning and exam preparation. In this context we call for new learning ecosystems that empower young people to shape the future that they want, rather than only reacting to it. In the UK, the social enterprise Bite the Ballot is kick-starting a movement to engage young people in democracy by identifying and removing barriers that prevent them from taking an active role in politics. 

SYMPOSIUM: 3rd ASEAN Youth Symposium 2016 in Malaysia, May 2-6, 2016

The Indonesian Youth Leaders Association (IYLA), ASEAN Youth Leaders Association (AYLA), Global Network Club, FASS UM
May 2, 2016 (All day) to May 6, 2016 (All day)

The Indonesian Youth Leaders Association (IYLA), ASEAN Youth Leaders Association (AYLA) and Global Network Club, FASS UM are proud to bring you the 3rd ASEAN Youth Symposium 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 02-06, 2016. Come join us bringing ASEAN to the Best Future.

BLOG: Tunisia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – Why Youth and Tech are Vital Elements, April 2016

Next Billion

In February, The New York Times reported on the state of joblessness and resulting desperation among educated young people in rural Tunisia. This was the same demographic that protested in 2010, overthrowing the Ben Ali regime and sparking the Arab Spring. Five years on, an arid employment landscape (62.3 percent of college graduates are without work, as are 37.6 percent of young people) have fueled renewed protests. And yet, despite promises from the current government, jobs have not arrived. The article ends with the mayor of provincial Kasserine lamenting silence from the capital: “No one comes here to trace a vision for the region.” 

BLOG:Africa’s Economic Growth is Dependent on Youth, March 2016

The World Post

Economic growth reaches most people through employment income, so Africa’s challenge is to ensure that economic growth translates into the stable wage-paying jobs that are key to the continued expansion of the consuming class. Africa has begun to create the wage paying jobs that are necessary to meet the expanding youth labour pool yet according to a McKinsey report “despite the creation of 37 million new and steady salary-paying jobs over the past era, only 28 percent of Africa’s labour force holds such positions. In its place, around 63 percent of the total labour force participates in some form of self-employment, such as subsistence farming or city peddling.