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Pakistan Bridges the Gender Divide by Embracing a Digital Economy

World Bank

Standing in line to sign up for the Digital Youth Summit in Peshawar this May, I struck up a conversation with a young woman from Peshawar. I was pleasantly surprised by her level of interest and eagerness in participating at the tech conference.  She was keen to develop an app that would allow her to sell home-based food products at a national level.  She had already gathered a group of friends who would work with her on different aspects of task planning and implementation.  Her enthusiasm was palpable and infectious.

Why Jobless Arab Youth Need Schooling in Entrepreneurship

World Economic Forum

These days, Abdel Hameed Sharara is a talented young entrepreneur whose determination is a source of motivation to everyone around him. But starting out with a misguided aspiration to attend law school, he was a perfect example of someone with untapped potential living in a region with diverse opportunities that cannot be accessed due to a lack of business education.

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.

Pacific Islands Commit to Policies that Promote Youth Entrepreneurship

The Commonwealth

The governments of eight Commonwealth island countries in the Pacific have resolved to implement policies that will enable more young people to become entrepreneurs and job creators rather than job seekers.  Youth unemployment in the Pacific today stands at 23 percent with young people up to six times more likely to be jobless than the rest of the adult population.  

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.

What We Do and Do Not Know about Youth Employability: Round-Up of Recent Research and Insights

Center for Education Innovations

My interest in youth skills and employability began on the side of a mountain in rural China, where I taught English to a class of 7th graders at a rural boarding school. One statistic that I learned during my first week stuck with me: only about 40% of our school’s students would ultimately attend high school. I wondered what was in store for the other 60%.

How Do You Get Girls to School in the Least Educated Country on Earth?

The Guardian

Maybe, Rakia Soumana sometimes thinks, life could have been a little different. It’s not so bad in Tessa, her village in rural Niger, where she lives with her three children, her husband, his first wife Halimatou Soumana, and Halimatou’s five children. The wives get along, each doing more than their share of household chores when the other one is pregnant or has just given birth, and Rakia, 30, wants at least two more children because it will put her family on equal footing with Halimatou’s. She likes her husband, but she’s dependent on him, and the weight of her daily workload is heavy.

Opinion: Unleashing Africa’s Youth Farmpreneurs

Devex

Across Africa, the appetite for farming and venturing into farming as a business is evident. From Namibia to Zambia to Botswana, young people are flocking into agribusiness. Governments and business entities are responding to their interest. In Nigeria, for instance, the federal government, in partnership with the African Development Bank, is preparing to launch an ambitious 280 million Enable Youth Programme. It is an initiative that hopes to fund over 1000 youth-led agricultural enterprises in an effort to continue making agriculture attractive to youth.

The Future of Food and Agriculture Lies with Rural Youth

TechnoServe

Creating lasting change in developing communities means creating change for those communities’ young people. They will be the torchbearers of the practices put in place today, and are the future innovators for these nascent economies. Engaging youth in productive activities also has a positive impact beyond the economic sector, as youth employment can positively affect social and political stability around the globe.

What's Trending for Global Education Diplomacy?

Diplomatic Courier

While education has for years been at the forefront of the global development and social agendas, its place on the diplomatic agenda has arguably been less prominent.  As such, ’Education Diplomacy’ is an idea whose time has come.

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