Demand-Driven Training for youth employment programs build job-relevant skills valued by employers and useful for self-employment by offering both pre-employment skills development and some form of on-the- job training.
What are the Goal Posts? In Search of a Business Case for Youth Financial Services was presented under the Financial Services and Capabilities track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. This presentation discusses why access to financial services is especially important to young people as they transition through important life stages and what policymakers can do about it.
Watch Deepali Khanna's presentation during the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference's closing plenary session, "How Can You Partner with Funders." Khanna, Director of Youth Learning at The MasterCard Foundation, focuses on the need to find more ways to scale up projects and demonstrate collective impact. She discusses the importance of youth financial services and emphasizes the need for access to savings, credit, and comprehensive employment models.
Watch Jasmine Thomas' presentation during the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference's closing plenary session, "How Can You Partner with Funders." Thomas, Program Officer at Citi Foundation, explains that part of her organization's mission supports the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of low-income people and provides a brief overview of the key areas they are focusing on.
Jasmine Thomas of Citi Foundation joined Microlinks for an interview following her participation in the plenary session, "How Can You Partner with Funders?" at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. In this video, Thomas highlights Citi Foundation's focus on building youth employability skills — both soft skills and technical skills — that will enable youth to transfer knowledge in different economies.
Population Council and MicroSave Consulting Limited
Originally written in 2009, this 2012 case study details the product development cycle that four financial institutions undertook in Kenya and Uganda to develop and deliver critical financial services to adolescent girls. New highlights include robust market research results from both countries and key steps taken to replicate the model in Zambia.
The following self-assessement tool is based on practitioner experience in designing and delivering youth-inclusive financial (YFS) credit products and services. It has been developed for financial services providers (FSPs) who have already committed to designing and delivering youth-inclusive financial services. The purpose of this tool is to help FSPs assess whether or not they have considered various youth-specific elements during the product design and implementation process. This tool is based on the product design framework known as the 8Ps, which breaks down a financial product and service into eight key elements. In addition to considering the key elements listed below, it is also important for an institution to consider their target market segment (age, sex, marital status, etc.) when applying this tool.
Women's World Banking Programmatic Background was presented at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference under the Financial Services and Capabilities track. Women's World Banking is a global network comprised of 39 leading microfinance institutions from 27 countries serving more than 26 million clients, 80 percent of whom are women. Although its members are diverse in geography, size and structure, they are all united by the firm belief that microfinance must remain committed to women as clients, innovators and leaders.
Building Social, Financial and Economic Assets for Girls – Pilot to Rollout to Replication was presented at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference under the Financial Services and Capabilities track. Karen Austrian, of Population Council shares promising practices, research findings, and critical lessons learned through on-the-ground work with financial institutions and NGO partners in multiple contexts.
This interactive course offers a practical step-by-step framework for understanding what it takes to offer youth-inclusive financial services. Through hands-on activities and case study discussions, this course provides microfinance practitioners and youth enterprise and livelihoods practitioners with an introduction to designing and implementing interventions to expand youth-inclusive financial services.