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To Help Youth Succeed Financially, We Have to Hear Them Out First

Citi Foundation, Microfinance Gateway

Opening doors to economic opportunity requires keys.

But how often do we pause to ask our young people about what keys they need to succeed?

Well, the Citi Foundation asked. Through our 2017 Global Youth Survey, conducted by Ipsos, we gauged the economic prospects of 7,000 youth in 43 global cities. We wanted to understand, if given the platform to express themselves, what would young people say about what is needed to help them advance in today’s economy?

Agricultural Value Chains and Their Potential for Youth Employment in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Contexts

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

As agriculture is one of the most promising sectors in most fragile and conflict-affected environments, this article explores some of the key challenges and obstacles agricultural value chain development poses for youth employment.

4,300 Moroccan Youth Find Opportunities and a Way out of Illegal Child Labor

Creative Associates International

When Laila was 15 years old, she had to leave school to help support her family by selling small goods on the streets of Marrakech. It was grueling work and she lived in fear of violence or assault.

What Does the Future Hold for Youth Savings in Ethiopia?

CGAP

A common criticism of international development work is that it is unsustainable. Grant funding dries out, the international development agency leaves, and the program or services offered phase out. What would a financial products and services program aimed at sustainability look like? A recently concluded project in Ethiopia is a promising illustration.

Financial Inclusion for Adolescent Girls – Strategic Insights from Burundi

SEEP Network

Using examples from Burundi, CARE’s POWER Africa (Promoting Opportunities for Women's Economic Empowerment in Rural Africa) team shares how innovative, community-led conflict resolution creates a foundation for sustainable and inclusive gender equality, contributing to social and financial advancement of the entire community.

Expanding Digital Services Key to Financial Inclusion in Africa

Devex

With more than half of Africa’s population under the age of 25, many experts believes the continent’s greatest resource and potential competitive advantage could lie in the hands of its youth as they enter the workforce. However, economic growth on the continent has not yet translated into opportunities for young people to earn a sustainable livelihood — representing both missed potential and a societal risk as they could become alienated and marginalized.

Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship Education: A Roadmap to Realizing Africa's Youth Potential

Aflatoun

Walk along any street in most African cities and you will see the story of Africa’s development, growth and potential: hard working, entrepreneurial people fill the cities making a living out of every opportunity crossing their path. However, dig a little deeper and you will see missed opportunities to take Africa and its citizens to the next level of development and build a future that today’s youth will thrive in.

Global Money Week Toolkit 2017

Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)

Global Money Week (GMW) is an annual global celebration, initiated by Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI), with local and regional events and activities aimed at inspiring children and youth to learn about money, saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and becoming an entrepreneur.

Learning from Our Youth: Saving for Education

Center for Financial Inclusion & Accion

We celebrate our youth and their achievements and reflect on the goals of “eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable consumption and production” for the youth of this generation. To achieve these goals, a culture of saving money consistently over time will be important.  

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.

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