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2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference Presentation Videos

Making Cents International

Watch video presentations of plenary and break-out sessions from the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference.



Children and Economic Strengthening Programs: Maximizing Benefits and Minimizing Harm

FHI 360

It is a common belief that programs designed to increase household income will automatically have positive effects on children. In fact, the evidence shows that this assumption cannot be taken for granted.

Art of the Possible #3: Web-based Surveys

Chris Wood Associates

This is the third entry from Chris Wood in the "Art of the Possible: Technology and Tools for Improved Monitoring and Evaluation" blog series, which covers design, data collection, databases, analysis, and using your results.

Youth Economic Opportunities for Girls: 23 Resources for Day of the Girl

Making Cents International

With a population of nearly 7 billion people, adolescent girls, young women, and older women—in their multiple roles as workers, caregivers, and mothers—are critical to sustainable economic development. Talent is one of the most important determinants of competitiveness. Countries that can garner innovation and creativity, and leverage the economic participation of its entire population are more likely to succeed in today’s challenging global landscape.

Children as Stakeholders: Towards the Hard Business Case of Child Savings

Child and Youth Finance International

This article is the final installment in the blog series, Exploring the Business Case of Youth Savings. The series  presents views on the business case for youth inclusive financial services. You will hear from financial service practitioners, policy-makers, and advocates from around the world.

'Saving' Themselves: How innovative financial products can help Arab youth improve their lives


Justin Sykes is the Director of Microenterprise at Silatech (www.silatech.com) In providing financial and technical assistance to financial institution partners across the Middle East and North Africa, Silatech has developed a strong track record on youth products and services programs becoming the Arab region’s largest provider of  youth focused programmatic support.

Imagine serving youth sustainably...And say yes!


My name is Jules Ndahayo and I have been the CEO of a Rwandan Credit union network since its inception in 2005, which is now being transformed into a microfinance company called “UMUTANGUHA Finance” (UF Ltd) to better serve its clientele. Over this time, I am proud to have witnessed how our member base grew to 59,000 depositors and 3,200 borrowers, with a strong focus on vulnerable and low income people. Sometimes people ask me where is UCU’s business case for serving youth.

Finding the Right Mix: Building financial capability through multiple “Touch Points”

Women's World Banking

While there is industry consensus that financial capability services are necessary, the jury is still out on the most effective mix of format, content and delivery and how to make it sustainable. At Women's World Banking, we address these questions in all of our youth savings work and propose new thinking around financial capability services.

Blending entrepreneurship and literacy to build financial capability – MEDA’s “100 hours to success” approach


It is here that MEDA’s YouthInvest project has found their approach to building financial capabilities for youth through “100 hours to success,” a blended approach to training youth on business skills (for example: developing a business plan, conducting competitive analysis), life skills (for example: practical customer service techniques and conflict management) and financial education (savings, budgeting, financial negotiations, available financial services and debt management).

Towards Evidence Informed Practice: Aflatoun's experience - Part II


Is financial education effective? We know from empirical research that financial capable individuals make better financial decisions. We know less about the relationship between financial education and these important choices.  The processes that lead from one to the other are complex and nuanced. When we work with children and youth, we are assuming that this education will help them make good decisions in the future.


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