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.
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.
Unreasonable East Africa
Every year, we run 10 month programs designed to get early stage high potential companies in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda what they need to grow. We select an exclusive group of fifteen companies for each of these programs, whom we work with intensively alongside our 100+ impressive mentors to get them into the best possible shape to grow. We then expose and connect them to our network of funders so that they can raise funding. But it does not end there. We and the entire UEA network continue to support our entrepreneurs for the life of their company and beyond.
Every person is born with potential: the key is unlocking that potential. So, how can we provide opportunities that empower young people to take ownership over their own future outcomes? You can download our new Young Workers Index report by clicking here, where we discuss how governments and businesses can reap the rewards from playing their part in making this happen.
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.
Feb 1, 2017 (All day) to Feb 3, 2017 (All day)
A unique platform for fostering dialogue and generating partnerships between exceptional youth, civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations. The Youth Assembly is recognized as the largest youth conference at the United Nations. Over the course of 18 sessions, 13,000 youth from 6 continents and more than 100 countries have developed a better understanding of the various practices and perspectives in international development.
The MasterCard Foundation & Michigan State University
Africa has the youngest population in the world, with almost 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24—a number that is expected to double by 2045 (African Economic Outlook 2015). Although many jobs have been created by Africa’s growing economies, job creation has not been enough to accommodate the expanding youth population. The International Labor Organization estimates that only 16 million of 73 million jobs created in Africa between 2000 and 2008 were filled by youth. Sixty percent of Africa’s unemployed are youth, even more are underemployed, and youth unemployment rates are double those of adult unemployment in most countries (African Economic Outlook 2015). Across 34 African countries, citizens regard unemployment as the top problem facing their nations (Dome 2015).
Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)
The LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership was established to foster transformational leadership capacity and innovation to advance the field of landscape architecture. The $25,000 fellowship is an opportunity for mid-career or senior-level professionals to dedicate the equivalent of 3 months’ time over the course of one year to nurture emerging ideas and to think deeply. It is designed as a time to reflect, research, explore, create, test, and develop ideas into action.
One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 230 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2016–17 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.