Apply It! Webinar Series

The Apply It! Webinar Series is designed to provide concrete tools, resources, innovations, and knowledge applicable to help you create higher impact, more sustainable, and more scalable programs The series is made possible with support from Citi Foundation. 

Below, you will find:

  • Upcoming webinars.
  • Webinar video and audio recordings.
  • Other related resources.

Upcoming Webinars:

Past Webinars:

Beyond Disaggregated Indicators: Applying Gender-Sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation to Enhance Learning - July 29, 2014

Webinar Speaker(s):
Kevin Hempel, Independent Consultant, Youth Employment & Livelihood Development
Karen Austrian, Associate, Poverty, Gender & Youth Program, Population Council (Kenya)
Jeff Edmeades, Senior Social Demographer, Research and Programs, International Center for Women on Research (ICRW)

The importance of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to enhance learning is by now well established. At the same time, practitioners are increasingly aware of the need to take into account gender issues to improve program effectiveness. But what does adopting a gender-lens mean for M&E and how is gender-sensitive M&E different? Clearly, disaggregating key indicators by male and female is not enough. Read more.

Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship: What Works, Where, and Why? - May 6, 2014

Webinar Speaker(s):
Laura Rana, MEL Manager at Youth Business International (UK)
Annie Barber, MEL Manager at Youth Business International (UK)
Meagan Rees, Communications Manager at Youth Business International (UK)
Stéphanie Mestrallet, EEB Operations Manager at PlaNet Finance (France)
Jérôme Bouillaut, EEB Development Officer at PlaNet Finance (France)

Today’s global youth population is the largest in history. 15 to 24-year olds make up one-quarter of the world’s working population but represent HALF the world’s unemployed. For many, self-employment is the only option. Many initiatives exist to promote youth entrepreneurship, but robust evidence of what works in which context is lacking. Read more.

Viable Economic Opportunities for Rural Youth: Understanding Rural Youth Perspectives and Rural Development Strategies - March 18, 2014

Webinar Speaker(s):
Dr. Nana Akua Anyidoho, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Ghana (Ghana)
Paul Sparks, Program Manager of the Research & Evaluation Unit at BRAC (Uganda)
MODERATED BY: Hillary Proctor, Senior Specialist of Capacity Building & Rural Livelihoods at Making Cents International (USA)

This webinar was designed for you to learn the basics of different approaches that can increase financial capabilities and employment prospects for rural youth such as what do you need to know about rural youth vs. youth in general or where are the jobs and business opportunities for rural youth and how do you find them? In this interactive discussion, Nana Akua shared her revealing analysis of the deep diversity in the experiences and desires of rural youth in Ghana while Paul explained how a rural development model proven in Bangladesh is incorporating young women and adapting to the Ugandan context. Read more.

Youth Engagement in Economic Opportunities within Rural Areas - February 4, 2014

Webinar Speaker(s):
Steve Cumming, Program Manager of Youth Learning, MasterCard Foundation (USA)
Mary McVay, Founder, Enterprise Development Kiosk (USA)
Simeon Ogonda, Co-Founder, Spring Break Kenya (Kenya)

Today's unprecedented high youth population presents the challenge of creating constructive career paths for millions of people born into rural poverty, but it also presents the opportunity of leveraging human resources to address a major global challenge: food security. How can we engage young people in agricultural and/or rural development efforts in ways that present a viable future for them and contribute to food security? Many young people want to leave the farm, but where will they go and who will be tomorrow's farmers? What other rural development work can offer opportunities to young people, and benefit from their contribution? What are young people themselves saying? Read more.


Moving from Mobile Money to Digital Financial Services for Financial Inclusion - Dec 11, 2013

John Owens from Chemonics International shared updates on the growing shift from mobile money to broader digital financial services to promote financial inclusion. The broader services includes electronic funds transfers, debit/ATM cards, and agent banking. Over the past couple of years, a range of public and private players such as USAID, the Better Than Cash Alliance, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, and other groups have actively supported or focused on policy areas that promoted the use of digital financial services for greater financial inclusion.


How to Use Mobile Technology to Bring About Social Change: Five Years of Learning in 60 Minutes - presented by Text to Change - Oct 29, 2013




From Start Up to Established: Advice from Digital Divide Data - presented by Digital Divide Data - Nov 6, 2013                               

Jeremy Hockenstein, CEO of Digital Divide Data discusses the success of their impact sourcing model. See how this model has been applied in Cambodia, Laos and Kenya and the possibilities of scaling in the future. DDD currently employs over 1000 youth in developing countries, helping to develop their skills and earn a living.


Cracking Crowdfunding - A Workshop for Anyone With a Passion - presented by Indiegogo -  Sep 19, 2013

As crowdfunding becomes more widely embraced as a viable means for generating capital, youth around the world are beginning to crowdfund startup and operating costs for small businesses, research projects, and other ventures. In this webinar Breanna DiGiammarino, of Indiegogo, discussed crowdfunding and the key pieces to a successful campaign: the pitch, the perks, and promotion strategies.  She reviewed successful campaigns from across the education space, from research to entrepreneurship to causes. The webinar answers the following questions:
1. Why is crowdfunding valuable?
2. What does it take to run a successful campaign?
3. Why do people contribute to campaigns?


Financing Generation Y: Innovations in Start-up and Education Learning - presented by Kiva - Sep 24, 2013

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of field partners, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. During this webinar, Kiva shared its experiences in youth focused lending, both from the borrower and lender perspective. Kiva has been using its flexible, risk tolerant capital to test and develop loan products specifically suited to the needs of youth, while also engaging young people to use microfinance and Kiva as a key tool in both learning and making a real, dignified, and sustainable difference in the world.


Five Easy Ways You Can Use Mobile Tech to Enhance Youth Livelihoods Projects - presented by Souktel - Oct 8, 2013

In this webinar, Jacob Korenblum, CEO of Souktel, shared lessons learned from years of improving youth livelihoods with mobile technology.


Youth Financial Inclusion Through the Lens of Global Findex Data - presented by The World Bank - Oct 16, 2013

In this webinar, World Bank economist Leora Klapper and analyst Douglas Randall presented the Global Financial Inclusion Index Youth Note and discussed the implications of new findings for youth financial inclusion.

Leora Klapper is a Lead Economist in the Finance and Private Sector Research Team of the Development Research Group at the World Bank. Since joining the Bank as a Young Economist in 1998, she has published on entrepreneurship, access to finance, corporate governance, bankruptcy, and risk management. Her current research focuses on entrepreneurship and household finance, and measurements of financial inclusion. Prior to coming to the Bank she worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Bank of Israel, and Salomon Smith Barney. She holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from New York University Stern School of Business.

Douglas Randall is a Research Analyst in the Finance and Private Sector Development Team of the Development Economics Research Group. He joined the Bank in 2009 and is currently the lead data analyst for the Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) Database. He has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Tufts University and an M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.


State of the Youth Workforce and Skills Development Field - presented by RTI International - Aug 28, 2013

Phil Psilos is RTI's lead technical consultant on economic and workforce development and lead author of the Workforce Development chapter of Making Cents International's 2012 and 2013 State of the Field in Youth Economic Opportunities publication. He designed and managed the RTI-Duke University research program linking value chain upgrading and workforce development. He has recently led workforce assessment and implementation efforts in Egypt, El Salvador, and Yemen, and coordinates RTI's engagement with community colleges and higher education institutions. A former corporate location (site selection) consultant, he brings the private sector perspective in discussions of demand-driven training and labor market strategies for youth.


BEST Tool for Youth Entrepreneurship - presented by Enterprise Uganda - July 30, 2013

In this webinar the Enterprise Uganda Foundation took us to Northern Uganda to show how it uses its BEST tool to build the capacity of young people so they can start and grow successful businesses. Charles Ocici, Executive Director, and Charles George Oumo, Director of Information and Communications, shared the BEST methodology and explained how it's changing behaviors among thousands of youth throughout Uganda. BEST identifies and confronts negative attitudes, builds business and financial skills, provides guidance on finding business opportunities and partners, and enables participants to tap into their natural creativity and innovation. You will learn how your program participants can also benefit from this approach, which is applicable in many contexts.

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