BLOG: People’s Living Standards – Do Numbers Tell the Whole Story? Nov 2016

The World Bank

Numbers don’t lie. That’s why, in our day-to-day lives, we rely heavily on numbers from household surveys, from national accounts, and from other traditional sources to describe the world around us: to calculate, to compare, to measure, to understand economic and social trends in the countries where we work. But do we perhaps rely too much on numbers to gain an understanding of people’s lives and the societies in which they live? Do numbers really tell us the whole story, or give us the full picture?

BLOG: Improve Workforce Development Systems in 5 (not so simple) Steps

The World Bank

In the last decade, policy attention to better develop the knowledge and skills of the workforce has increased for several reasons. First, global youth unemployment rates, three times higher than the unemployment rate for those over 25 years old, have raised concerns about social stability as well as sustained and long-term economic growth. Second, many who argue that youth unemployment is partially caused by a mismatch between graduates’ skills and the skills that employers need, also believe that revitalizing vocational education and training can help address the problem. Third, a skilled workforce that can easily adapt to technological change is likely a fundamental component for countries to remain competitive in the global economy.

BLOG: Malawi’s Future is in the Hands of the Youth Entrepreneurs, Nov 2016

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.

BLOG: Advice on Youth Entrepreneurship from a Young Media Mogul – An Interview with Tiffany Pham, Nov 2016

UN Youth

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.

PROGRAM: Unreasonable East Africa Entrepreneurs, Nov 2016

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.

REPORT: PWC Young Workers Index, Oct 2016


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. 

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BLOG: Connecting Unemployed Youth with Organizations That Need Talent, Nov 2016

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. 

ASSEMBLY: United Nations Winter Youth Assembly, Feb 1-3, 2017

United Nations
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.

REPORT: Agrifood Youth Employment and Engagement Study, Nov 2016

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).

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FELLOWSHIP:LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, Nov 2016

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.