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INTERVIEW : Unleash the entrepreneur in every small farmer - new UN agency chief

Thompson Reuters Foundation
Gilbert Houngbo, who served as Prime Minister of Togo from 2008 to 2012, was appointed as president of IFAD  (International Fund for Agricultural Development). 
 
Training young farmers to turn agriculture into a business is key to eradicating poverty and curbing economic migration, the new president of the U.N. agricultural development agency said on Wednesday.
 

New Profile Series on Youth Education and Employment

FHI 360

Youth Education and Employment Profiles, produced by FHI 360's Education Policy and Data Center, present education and employment characteristics of youth across countries. Data are drawn from School to Work Transition Surveys (SWTS), which were carried out in 32 countries between 2013 and 2015. Funded by the Mastercard Foundation and supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO), they paint a comprehensive picture of youth employment, educational attainment, and schooling across countries.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: Empowering Youth to Serve as Agents of Change

The World Bank

There was silence in the room. No one seemed to want to speak up. I asked again: “what are the most important challenges that you face every day?” Suba, a young woman in her early 20s living in Tripoli, one of the regions with the highest poverty levels and concentration of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, finally raised her hand and said: “We are unemployed and have no access to basic services. We are sympathetic to the Syrian refugee cause. However, they are taking our jobs.

Boosting Youth Employment in MENA

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Youth unemployment is among the most pressing challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa region today. The jobless rate for young people aged 15-24 in the region hovers at almost 30 percent, one of the highest in the world and has persisted for more than a decade. Although a young labor force represents a source of great potential, many countries in the region struggle to create opportunities for these youth.

Financial Education + Life Skills = Girl Power

Aflatoun

It’s 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day. As my colleague David beautifully said: “It’s a day to remember that women are not treated equally to men across the world. It’s a reminder that women worldwide are exposed to shocking abuse from sexual violence and female genital mutilation, to forced early marriage and deprivation of their most basic rights.

The Youth Employment Crisis- A Perspective from Mexico

PYXERA Global

Young people play a vital role in fostering global economic development.In the face of weak prospects for global economic growth, their involvement in the formal economy becomes increasingly relevant and urgent. In recent years, there has been much talk about the demographic dividend in most emerging economies and less-developed countries, a scenario where a larger proportion of the overall population is of working age. 

For At-Risk Salvadoran Youth, Marketable Skills and Jobs Are Lifelines

Creative Associates International

Ever Antonio Iraeta Cubias dreamed of becoming a chef and owning a successful restaurant. Like other youth living in the Salvadoran town of San Vicente, dreams more often stay in a young person’s head. Fortunately, his aunt heard about a vocational education program in San Vicente that included classes on cooking and running a small restaurant.

How to Prepare Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Job Market

Chemonics
After setting the global development agenda in 2000 with the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations highlighted the need to focus on enhancing economic growth through sustainable and meaningful work in its 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, the UN calls for the “promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all,” and seeks to address the 470 million jobs that need to be created for youth entering the workforce from 2016 to 2030.

The Power Skills in An Age of Disruption

PYXERA Global
“Almost 43 percent of the global youth labor force is either unemployed or working, yet living in poverty,” according to Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015 by the International Labour Organization. In countries with mature economies, nearly one in five students don’t acquire a minimum level of basic skills needed to be gainfully employed.
 

On My Journey to Agripreneurship

MasterCard Foundation
My name is Laetitia Victoria Mukungu and I am from Kenya. I am a third-year student at EARTH University in Costa Rica, where I study Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resource Management. My passion lies in rural women’s empowerment, food security and child education.
 

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