When we talk about African development, there is a belief that its booming population can only equal crisis. By 2040, Africa's workforce could be one billion strong, so finding jobs for this young population should be at the forefront of government agenda. This challenge is coupled with Africa's increasing demand for varied and nutritious foods.
This Regular Economic Report (RER) is a semiannual publication of the Europe and Central Asia Region, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department (ECA PREM), The World Bank. It covers economic developments, prospects, and policies in 11 European Union (EU) member states that joined after 2004 (excluding Cyprus and Malta) — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (North); the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the Slovak Republic, (Continental); and Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia (South). Throughout the RER, for simplicity, we refer to this group of eleven countries as the EU11.
Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE)
Aug 8, 2014 (All day) to Aug 13, 2014 (All day)
The 2014 SAGE World Cup will be taking place in Moscow, Russia from August 8-13.
Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the late Nelson Mandela, will attend the SAGE World Cup 2014 in Moscow Russia on August 8-12. He will serve as the keynote speaker at the Awards Ceremony on August 11. Currently, a total of 16 country delegations will travel to Moscow to determine who will be this year's SAGE champion. At least three more countries will be attending as observers.
Our next Summit will be in Mérida, Mexico this September 3rd to 5th. We are excited to welcome the Ministry of the Economy (Mexico) and its National Microenterprise Financing Program (PRONAFIM) as our official partner for the 17th Microcredit Summit. (Learn more about PRONAFIM.)
This essay is a sequel to the case titled “Kiva and the Birth of Person-to-Person Microfinance,” published by the author in Innovations (Winter/Spring 2007). Started by the author, Jessica Jackley Flannery and Moses Onyango in 2005, Kiva is an online lending platform that allows individuals in the developed world to loan to small businesspeople in the developing world. Kiva operates in the microfinance space and works with a growing network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in more than 40 countries.
Matt Flannery started Kiva in 2005 with his wife, Jessica. Kiva is an online lending platform that allows individuals in the developed world to loan to small business people in the developing world. Kiva operates in the microfinance space and works with a growing network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in more than thirty countries. Their MFI partners post the profiles of their loan applicants to the website. Internet users in the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond make small loans via PayPal to these businesses. The businesses pay the lenders back over a period of about a year.
Over the past two decades there have been major improvements in girls’ education. In 1990, less than 50 percent of girls in low-income countries were enrolled in primary school; today that figure has climbed to nearly 80 percent. However, much work remains to be done. Thirty million girls still miss out on basic education, and the challenge for those that now attend school is that they learn while there. Indeed, 250 million children cannot read or write, even after many of them have spent four years in school.
This review sought to methodically capture the known impacts of economic strengthening (ES) programs (microcredit, skills training, agricultural interventions, etc.) on the well-being of children (0-18 years) in crisis contexts in low-income countries. The review looked at effects on children both from interventions engaging caregivers as beneficiaries, and those targeting children themselves.
The Jeanne Sauve Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2015 Jeanne Sauve Public Leadership Program: a unique fellowship spread over two years. Year one consists in a full-time intensive residential phase in Montreal for the entire group of a dozen select Fellows. Year two is a part-time field phase tailored to each individual Fellow's activities in their respective communities and countries.
The Case Foundation invites you to join us at MCON14—a special convening on Millennial engagement—June 18 and 19, 2014, at 9:00 AM CT via livestream (free).
Together, we’ll explore how this fearless generation is redefining issues in our communities, building movements to create change and using their talents and resources to inspire peers. You’ll also be one of the first to hear new findings from the 2014 Millennial Impact Report featuring insights on corporate engagement with the next generation.