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Getting Serious about Youth Participation in Development

RTI International

Giving youth real decision-making power and leadership roles in development processes and programs is a challenge in practice. We know from both our practice and research efforts that effective youth development needs to put meaningful youth participation at the forefront. RTI International’s experience in working with youth globally in education, employment, health, and governance for the past 30 years informs our strategy in viewing youth as key partners in solving global development challenges. With that in mind, we, along with other members of the Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD), strongly support the new USAID Youth in Development Policy released in early November.

Saving for the Future: Youth Savings

Women's World Banking

Ana Laura lives in a low-income neighborhood in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. She opened her first “Mía” savings account at Banco ADOPEM in April 2011. She closely monitors the money she has in her account, keeping track of the number and size of deposits she makes.

Creating Future Opportunities for Youth by Understanding Their Needs Today

YouthSave Consortium

The latest insights from the YouthSave Consortium shed new light on this question and aim to highlight the importance of enabling youth to take ownership of their futures. The YouthSave Consortium – an initiative led by Save the Children in partnership with the Center for Social Development (CSD), New America Foundation, and CGAP, along with several research and financial institutions partners in the field – is working to test the viability and impacts of savings products on low-income youth in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal.

IREX Welcomes USAID’s New Policy for Youth in Development


Yesterday, USAID launched their first-ever policy for Youth in Development. The policy provides a framework to address youth systematically in line with proven best practices to support, protect, prepare, and engage youth to help them to achieve the best future for themselves and their communities and nations. The policy also provides guidance for integrating youth in core agency initiatives, bringing youth to the forefront of USAID’s work across all sectors.

New USAID Policy on Youth in Development


Welcome Call to Action: Working with Youth in Development

Plan International USA

As an active member of the Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD), Plan International USA applauds USAID on the launch of the Youth in Development Policy! Along with many others in the development community, Plan has been anxiously awaiting the Policy’s launch. Plan’s work focuses on empowering children and youth in 50 developing countries, and this Policy offers an important reinforcement of the need to engage this population for lasting impact. We also congratulate Maame Yankah, a Youth Ambassador for Plan, for her participation in the Policy Launch Event, but more importantly for her many contributions to communities in Ghana and the US.

Lessons on Youth Leadership from Garissa, Kenya

Education Development Center

Many of us youth development practitioners have been eagerly anticipating the release of USAID’s youth policy with the hope that it will increase awareness of the importance of youth issues to development. I know from EDC’s work around the world how integral youth are to economic, social and political development.

USAID's Youth in Development Policy: A Timely Opportunity to Rethink Rural and Agricultural Programming

Making Cents International

We applaud USAID’s new Youth Policy for recognizing the central role that youth should play in development strategies.  Turning this policy into action at the mission and programmatic level is our next challenge.  USAID Feed the Future and rural development initiatives in particular should consider how youth can be better integrated into strategies and specific program design. 

Elevating a Demographic on the Rise


Message from the Senior Adviser and Chair, Youth Policy Task Team, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning on education and employment, health care and family life, and civic engagement and political participation.

Kickstarting Youth Entrepreneurship: An Answer to Youth Unemployment?

ODI and Youth Business International

Youth unemployment is a global problem.  A recent OECD report reveals that the average rate of youth unemployment in OECD countries is 16% while the troubled economies of Greece and Spain are struggling with youth jobless rates above 50 per cent.  In Africa, an increasingly youthful population needs more opportunities to make a living, an issue deemed so relevant to the future development of the continent it was the primary focus of this year’s Afr


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