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BLOG: Youth in Eritrea Gain Skills to Unlock Employment Opportunities, Oct 2016


Eritrea faces wide scale youth unemployment, pushing many young people to brave their chances and migrate in search of better opportunities.  To address these issues, a project by the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS), with financial support from Norway, Japan and UNDP, is providing youth with vocational skills and training to help them find jobs. The trainings take six months and range from graphic design to metalwork, woodwork, beekeeping, hairdressing, pottery and electric installation. 

BLOG: Young African Agripreneurs Making Farming Cool, Oct 2016

The Citizen

Agriculture has been the mainstay of many economies. With more than fifty per cent of employment in Africa coming from the agriculture sector, youth are expected to have a strong role to play in agricultural development. Pursing employment and business opportunities in the agricultural industry is believed to be the best way for the youth. This is why several initiatives have been made to encourage the involvement of youths in agriculture to overcome the burden of poverty. Many point to to its ability to reduce unemployment in the country.

BLOG: This Year’s Big Moment for Youth Data: The 2016 Edition of the Youth Development Index, Oct 2016

Youth Policy

The 2016 Youth Development Index – now the only global index exploring the specific situation for children and young people – has launched at Australia House in London. While 142 countries improved their scores, the index sees big changes in the global rankings – including in the top spots – and offers a renewed challenge to policy-makers to ensure they continually respond to young people’s needs. The 2016 YDI is a tough reminder: when it comes to youth, no country can afford to be complacent.

BLOG: Andrea Leadsom is Right – We Need to get More Young People into Farming, Oct 2016

The Telegraph UK

When recently appointed Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom suggested that young Britons could take over post-Brexit fruit-picking and farm labour, her comments were met with derision. Speaking at a Conservative Party conference fringe event in Birmingham, she said she hoped that more young people could be “encouraged to engage with countryside matters”, and that “the concept of a career in food production is going to be much more appealing going forward.”

BLOG: A Decade of Learning and Partnerships at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Oct 2016

AgriLinks-Feed the Future

The 10th anniversary of the Making Cents Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit 2016 in Washington, D.C. on September 28-30 convened influencers and decision-makers to increase the impact, scale and sustainability of youth economic opportunities programming, policies and partnerships. This year’s decennial youth conference hosted over 500 people from 54 countries, providing a wealth of concrete learning opportunities, face-to-face networking and formal partnerships. Fiona Macaulay, CEO and Founder of Making Cents International, discussed the vision of the next decade of youth development and the necessary steps to achieve results and scale. 

BLOG: A New Era for Youth Entrepreneurship Programs: 4 Trends You Should Know, Oct 2016

Results for Development

Over the next three days, stakeholders committed to advancing the social and economic well-being of young people will convene at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities (YEO) Summit. The Summit, now in its 10th year, seeks to increase awareness of current and emerging innovative approaches that can help youth lead productive, engaged and healthy lives. As we look forward to the YEO Summit, we are excited to share key findings from a rapid landscape analysis Results for Development (R4D) conducted on youth leadership and entrepreneurship programs in Africa.

BLOG: 10 Lessons in 10 Years: Building the Youth Economic Opportunities Sector, Oct 2016

Making Cents International

A decade ago, I organized the first-ever global convening with the singular focus on how to increase the scale and sustainability of the youth economic opportunities sector. Fast forward ten years, to this past September, when 543 people from 53 countries gathered to share their knowledge, and celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event: The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit. Clearly, we were on to something big. 

BLOG: A Young Farmer Energizes the Day, Oct 2016

AgriLinks-Feed the Future

The first day of the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit 2016 showcased agriculture. Beth Dunford, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future and Assistant to the Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, made introductory remarks that were then followed by the session, “Seeding the Future: Land Tenure, Technology and Opportunities in the Rural Economy.” Feed the Future is moving forward with the newly approved Global Food Security Act by laying out a vision to develop new ways to partner with the private sector to pave the way for the new ventures that focus on youth and new enterprise. As Beth Dunford noted, “Youth are interested in agriculture—just not in the agriculture of their parents."

BLOG: Rethinking the ‘Youth Are Not Interested in Agriculture’ Narrative, Oct 2016

Next Billion

In 2013, I interviewed a group of young people, staff and volunteers at a youth empowerment center in Kenya about their perceptions of agriculture as a livelihood. The interviews were part of a study driven by concerns about Kenya’s youth bulge, coupled with anecdotal evidence that the country’s youth had negative attitudes about working in the agricultural sector. The attitudes of the youth I interviewed were shaped primarily by the significant barriers they faced in accessing the capital needed to develop agriculture-based enterprises. Indeed, my findings pointed to the conclusion that the youth and agriculture problem runs deeper than the “youth are not interested” narrative.

BLOG: The Health Effects of Youth Unemployment, Oct 2016

Harvard Business Review

Our Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index found that among 47 high-income countries (as defined by the World Bank), the physical well-being of unemployed young adults between the ages of 15 to 29 is statistically tied with employed people aged 50 and older — 26% vs. 24% thriving, respectively. And in the U.S., where we were able to analyze a sufficient sample size, unemployed youth have a worse physical well-being compared with employed older adults — 23% vs. 31% thriving. (Gallup and Healthways define “thriving” physical well-being as consistently having good health and enough energy to get things done each day.)


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