The Ugandan economy is largely reliant on agriculture, yet interest in farming among youth is low. Robert Anyang explores what it takes to motivate Uganda’s young people to work in the agriculture sector.
In September, Making Cents International convened our 11th annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEO Summit). Our Summit theme, “The Future of Work: Youth Economic Opportunities in a Changing World of Work” acknowledged the big global trends associated with “the future of work”, and explored how the demographic, structural, and technical impacts of these changes affect young people in developing contexts.
Stop for a minute to think back to when you were a “youth” — say, when you were 19 years old — transitioning from adolescence into adulthood.
Did you have ideals and ideas that motivated you and peers and adult mentors who positively influenced you?
Did you have family who supported you and a community that you felt part of and in which you had a voice?
Did you have a sense of who you were and access to physical and psychological safe spaces where you could express your identity?
Throughout the world, young people contribute their ideas and energy by starting businesses, leading organizations, volunteering, and addressing some of the biggest global problems. However, far too many youth don’t have access to the opportunities they need to get by, much less reach their full potential. A new video animation highlights global statistics while underscoring the need for greater investment in youth economic opportunities.
Our Young World, created by IYF in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation—offers five key recommendations for supporting youth to thrive:
If you come from the Arab region, you will no doubt recognize the term "Khattaba”—the word used to describe the traditional matchmaker who helps a young man find a bride. The Khattaba looks for certain qualifications in the bride-to-be that have been set by the groom or his mother, and holds complete discretion in determining a potential bride’s suitability. The brides have very little say in their futures. And when the marriage struggles or fails, the Khattaba is often blamed for poor judgment.
The access and opportunities that help many of us get ahead in life are not equally available to those living in under-resourced communities. Structural racial, ethnic, gender, and economic inequities in these communities often stand in the way of the dream of business ownership, and the independence and self-reliance that can come with being entrepreneurial.
The American dream is built on the promise of upward social mobility. In the middle of the 20th century, rates of upward mobility improved across the socioeconomic spectrum. But over the course of the past 30 years, the vast majority of our population has seen mobility rates stagnate.For too many, the American dream has stalled.
Opening doors to economic opportunity requires keys.
But how often do we pause to ask our young people about what keys they need to succeed?
Well, the Citi Foundation asked. Through our 2017 Global Youth Survey, conducted by Ipsos, we gauged the economic prospects of 7,000 youth in 43 global cities. We wanted to understand, if given the platform to express themselves, what would young people say about what is needed to help them advance in today’s economy?