Making Cents International's Apply It! Rural Webinar Series

Making Cents International


Apply It! Rural Youth Webinar Series was designed as a continuation of the “Spotlight on Rural Youth” from the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. The conference convened more than 400 participants from over 50 countries and included a "Deep Dive into Economic Opportunities for Rural Youth". You can look forward to more sessions on this and other priority topics such as youth employment opportunities in the technology and hospitality sectors at the 2014 conference.

Below, you will find:

  • Webinars recordings.
  • A draft synthesis of key findings from the preceding "Deep Dive into Economic Opportunities for Rural Youth" and the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference’s “Spotlight on Rural Youth”.
  • Blog on the key take-a ways from the first of the three webinars by Mary McVay, Founder of Enterprise Development Kiosk.
  • Other related resources. 

Past Webinars:

Webinar 1 of 2 - February 4, 2014
Youth Engagement in Economic Opportunities within Rural Areas

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.

Webinar 2 of 2 - March 18, 2014
Viable Economic Opportunities for Rural Youth: Understanding Rural Youth Perspectives and Rural Development Strategies

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.