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How Can We Unleash the Potential of Young Entrepreneurs

Next Billion

The importance of small- and medium-sized enterprises for a nation’s economy cannot be stressed enough. They contribute to 33 percent of GDP in developing economies and nearly 64 percent in developed countries. They are also strong job multipliers and innovation generators. In recent years, we’ve seen multiple game-changing innovations by startups, and often led by entrepreneurs in their 20s or 30s.

DJA Network

DJA Network of Grantees and Partners Preparing High-Potential Disadvantaged Youth for Digital Jobs



The three phases include:


Preparing Youth for Pre-Employment Success – A Case Study from Lebanon

Making Cents International

Making Cents International has been providing technical assistance in the area of workforce development for the Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project, a five-year, $41.7 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program implemented by DAI, aimed at improving Lebanon’s economic stability and providing income-generating opportunities for small business while creating jobs for the rural population, in particular women and youth.

Building the soft skills for success


It is hard to succeed in life without skills in reading and math, but they are not the only ones that count or the only ones children learn in school. Education is a broader enterprise, as a recent survey by the Pew Research Center demonstrates. Pew asked a national sample of adults to pick select skills from a list of ten, which “are most important for children to get ahead in the world today.”  Reading and math are considered important by most, which is no surprise. But “soft” skills such as communication and teamwork were also chosen by many.

Fostering And Measuring Skills: Improving Cognitive And Non-Cognitive Skills To Promote Lifetime Success


Evidence from the General Educational Development (GED) testing programme in the United States shows the importance of non-cognitive skills. The GED is an achievement test which dropouts can take to certify that they are equivalent to secondary school graduates. The programme is based on the widely held belief that tests capture the important skills learned in school. On the surface, the programme is successful. Based on test scores, GED recipients are just as smart as high school graduates. 

Are We Offering Youth Bicycles or Unicycles?

Making Cents International

A unicycle is a very simple machine that lack breaks, gears, or chains. It looks fun to ride, but it actually takes great skill to keep balanced because it does almost nothing on its own.

How data could help Tanzania's young informal workers


Tanzania is facing a youth unemployment crisis. The World Bank has reported that around 900,000 young people enter the country’s job market annually, but only 50,000 to 60,000 formal sector jobs are created each year. With more than 66 percent of the population under 25, this job shortage will keep rising.

Bridging the Hope Gap: Why Life Skills Matter

International Youth Foundation

People ask me all the time, how do today's young people, especially those living in the most chaotic and violent regions of the world, find the strength to overcome the enormous challenges and disappointments in their lives? How do they regain their balance, build up their confidence, and imagine a brighter future? There are no simple answers, of course. But we do know programs that give young men and women a sense of empowerment and hope are making a real difference in lives and communities everywhere.


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