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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Paul Tough

How character is formed has been a topic of interest for a long time. But if we are to guide children and youth towards success in adulthood we need to explore the question, “Are these traits teachable?”. In How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul Tough determines that qualities, also called non-cognitive skills - such as persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence - are the key drivers behind why some children do better than others as adults.

Close Up on Young Rural People's Economic Empowerment

IFAD

As part of the NEN Close Up series, the Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia Division hosted a knowledge sharing event on rural youth and economic empowerment in the Near East and North Africa. Through a regional grant, IFAD is partnering with Making Cents International, a social enterprise based in Washington DC, and Silatech, a social initiative working to create opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world, to help increase the employment and self-employment opportunities of more than 18,000 young people of ages 15-35.

Summing up - Blog Mini-Series For Financial Inclusion: A Case For Orphans And Vulnerable Children

Technical Advisor For The ASPIRES Project, International Rescue Committee

Put your finger on the pulse of current practice and research in community-based savings-led microfinance for orphans and vulnerable children. The "Blog Mini-Series For Financial Inclusion: A Case For Orphans And Vulnerable Children" examines the challenges facing orphans and vulnerable children and the promise of financial inclusion for these groups. Read the summary here and the entire blog mini-series at Microlinks.

Taking Another Look at Youth and Migration

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Originally posted by CSIS, December 18, 2014.

Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity for Youth: Three Critical Elements of Success

Making Cents International

In collaboration and with the support of the Citi Foundation, Making Cents International brought together an expert stakeholder group to discuss challenges and opportunities at the nexus of urbanization and youth economic opportunity development.

Strawberries, Chocolate and Skill Gaps

University of California-Santa Barbara and World Bank Group

Originally posted on the World Bank Blog, December 1, 2014.

A Push for Youth Policy

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

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