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Envisioning agriculture as a business for youth in Africa

Devex

Originally published by Devex on March 18, 2015.

Agriculture is the single-largest source of income for rural Africans and contributes to a quarter of the continent’s gross domestic product. The sector occupies more than 70 percent of the labor force in Africa’s low-income countries and contributes to food security and poverty reduction.

Ways out of the global youth unemployment crisis

Devex

Originally published on Devex on March 16, 2015.

Yimesgen Messifant never imagined that, at age 27, he’d be unemployed, living with his parents. The Addis Ababa native knew that finding good work would be tough. The unemployment rate among young people in the Ethiopian capital hovers around 20 percent and many in their 20s and early 30s find it hard to secure skilled or even unskilled work.

But Messifant thought he was different.

Catalyzing the Power of Africa’s Youth: Recommendations for Youth Entrepreneurship Promotion 2.0

Next Billion

Originally Published on Next Billion on March 4, 2015.

Africa is witnessing a powerful trend that is expected to double by 2045: A growing young generation that now stands at 200 million people aged between 15–24 is creating the youngest continent[1] on Earth. But with a labor market that does not provide many opportunities for wage employment, Africa’s youth are taking matters into their own hands by exploring entrepreneurship.

The Business Case for Private-Sector Involvement in Youth Mentoring

Huffington Post
Originally posted by the Huffington Post on February 18, 2015.

This post was co-authored by David B. Shapiro, President and CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and Nancy Altobello, Global Vice Chair, Talent, EY.

Celebrating Young African Women Entrepreneurs and Mentors During Global Money Week

Camfed

Originally published by Camfed on March 11, 2015.

The young leaders of CAMA, Camfed’s alumnae association, are showing their communities and nations how a little bit of money can go a long way when young women have access to a quality education, and the opportunity to grow their ideas and share their knowledge.

6 Youth-Focused Career Paths

Devex

Originally posted by Devex on March 10, 2015.

In March, Devex launched #YouthWill, an online conversation celebrating the importance of youth as agents of change in global development.

Engaging youth is essential to winning the battle against global poverty. Half of the world’s 6.3 billion people are under the age of 25, with 85 percent of young people living in developing countries. Issues like HIV, AIDS and unemployment disproportionately affect youth, creating enormous obstacles for progress in much of the world.

When Seeking to Financially Include Youth, Parents Matter

New America

Originally posted by New America on March 1, 2015.

Much ink has been spilled about the saving habits of adults, but what do we know about how and why children save money? It’s an important question, because one-third of the world’s population is under the age of 19. Statistics show that children who save money are more likely to set goals for their future and do better in school, and less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

Generation Jobless? Turning the Youth Unemployment Crisis into Opportunity

www.generationjobless.eu

‘Generation Jobless?’ uniquely explores the characteristics of both today's and tomorrow's youth and the causes of the youth unemployment crisis. The book takes a global, multi-stakeholder perspective to showcase proven solutions to tackle the crisis. Featuring interviews and input from various stakeholders, it offers a positive and constructive look at change by directing each group to become part of the solution and in particular youth to take on responsibility for themselves and their peers by turning into job creators rather than job seekers.

Telling a New Story of Zimbabwe's Youth

International Youth Foundation

Originally published by International Youth Foundation on February 25, 2015

Cultivating an ecosystem for youth development

Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University

Author Bio: Joshua Schoop is a Social Innovation Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University. Joshua studies ecosystems to foster youth development and entrepreneurship. He completed his PhD at the Payson Center for International Development in 2014. This blog post discusses Dr. Schoop’s recent research that investigated the inner workings of an innovative urban youth leadership program.

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/joshuaschoop

Follow Joshua on Twitter @jmschoop

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