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Kickstarting Youth Entrepreneurship: An Answer to Youth Unemployment?

ODI and Youth Business International

Youth unemployment is a global problem.  A recent OECD report reveals that the average rate of youth unemployment in OECD countries is 16% while the troubled economies of Greece and Spain are struggling with youth jobless rates above 50 per cent.  In Africa, an increasingly youthful population needs more opportunities to make a living, an issue deemed so relevant to the future development of the continent it was the primary focus of this year’s Afr

Kathmandu: A Dramatic Setting for First PLP Training on Youth Financial Services

MEDA

Kathmandu, located high in the Himalayas in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal, recently provided a dramatic setting for the first of four training sessions on youth financial services provided as part of SEEP’s Reaching Scale in Youth Financial Services Practitioner Learning Program (PLP), which started 2.5 years ago.

The Youth Livelihoods Alliance: Joining Forces for Economic Opportunity

United States Department of State

As I speak with young people from around the globe, I find striking similarities. They are full of innovation, creativity, and talent. People under 30 are the first generation of youth that can consider themselves a global entity. They see themselves as global citizens and want to connect and help one another.

Youth: Part of the Poverty Solution

Microcredit Summit Campaign

This blog post was written by Fabiola Diaz, Events Manager at the Microcredit Summit Campaign. She attended the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

What Martha Stewart Didn't Tell You

Making Cents International

I like to cook. In my experience, there are not a lot of recipes that can be successfully developed and served anywhere in the world. Depending on where I am, certain ingredients can be hard to find. Context matters (it’s hard to get water to boil at high altitudes!). However, there are some key ingredients that make any dish a success. Personally, I have never had anything wrapped in bacon that didn’t taste delicious!

Insights from the 2012 Youth Economic Opportunities Conference

Microlinks

Microlinks partnered with Making Cents International to provide coverage of this year's Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. The event, held in Washington, DC on September 11-13, focused on youth enterprise development; youth-inclusive financial services and capabilities; workforce development; monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment; and adolescent girls and young women. View photos from the event or read one of the blog post recaps from various conference sessions and plenaries.

Youth Economic Opportunities Conference: Are donors really ready to pay for what they say they most value? Part II

Making Cents International

These observations are provided by David James-Wilson (Making Cents International), an experienced youth work professional with a 25-year track record in the design and delivery of innovative youth livelihood and non-formal education services. Read part I of David's post here.

Are Donors Really Ready to Pay for What They Say They Most Value?

Making Cents International

These observations are provided by David James-Wilson (Making Cents International), an experienced youth work professional with a 25-year track record in the design and delivery of innovative youth livelihood and non-formal education services. David has managed multi-disciplinary work readiness, education, and enterprise development teams in government and non-government settings; and is well versed in the interplay between government policy, the development and funding of new services, and building the capacity of lead institutions to take innovative youth programs to scale.

Working Together to Create Enabling Environments for Youth

ManpowerGroup

This blog post was written by Branka Minic, the Director of Global Corporate Affairs at Manpower. She will be speaking at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference on Wednesday, September 12 within the workforce development track. Other tracks include enterprise development, youth-inclusive financial services, gender, and monitoring and evaluation.

What is Project Success?

Multilateral Investment Fund-IDB

Many projects are called failure simply because “projects are projects”

Even having spent 15 years in an international development institution, I am still hesitant to make judgment whether a project should be called a success or not – simply I don’t know how. To illustrate why not, let me do a comparative analysis on hypothetical projects A and B – both are of US$1 million and designed to support youth business creation. I do not want to sound presumptuous, but these are extracted from the real cases based on my ample experiences.

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