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Understanding Youth: Towards a Psychology of Youth Poverty and Development in Sub-Saharan African Cities

Brooks World Poverty Institute

Youth is commonly conceptualised as a period of transition in which young people strive to meet the social markers of adulthood, such as getting work, starting families and being recognised as full and productive citizens. Here we extend our analysis of youth to capture the developmental needs of young people in this process of ‘becoming’. In doing so we explore the literature on developmental psychology and youth well-being that has been well explored in the Global North, but less so in the Global South.

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Pioneering the Youth and Technology Movement in Africa and Beyond: Case Narrative

Youth for Technology Foundation

Entrepreneurs are made not born. 

When I was growing up, my father often said to me, "They can take everything else away from you, but they can't take away how much you have in your head." His words have resonated with me throughout my life. Perhaps that is why, when I started Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) from a cubicle at Microsoft in 2000, I became so obsessed with my vision that I had no choice but to pursue it. Fortunately, I did not have to convince my husband, Telema, that my vision for YTF was worth pursuing; he soon joined me as cofounder. 

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Fostering and Measuring Skills: Improving Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills to Promote Lifetime Success


This paper reviews the recent literature on measuring and fostering cognitive and non-cognitive skills. IQ tests and achievement tests do not adequately capture non- cognitive skills personality traits, goals, character, motivations, and preferences that are valued in the labour market, in school, and in many other domains. For many outcomes, their predictive power rivals or exceeds that of cognitive skills.

Human Development Report 2015: Work for Human Development

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The Report highlights impressive progress on human development over the past quarter century. Today people are living longer, more children are in school and more people have access to clean water and basic sanitation. Per capita income in the world has gone up, and poverty has gone down, resulting in a better standard of living for many people. The digital revolution has connected people across countries and societies. Work has contributed to this progress by building people’s capabilities.

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Deconstructing Social Emotional Learning Practice: A Thought Leader Conversation

Center for Youth Program Quality

Imagine this scene- The public school district, city government, and local businesses have kicked off a citywide effort to build social and emotional learning (SEL) skills for adolescents in the City of Milwaukee. As part of the initiative, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) staff meet to discuss their response: How do we use the initiative as an opportunity to increase access for youth who we know are not being adequately served?

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Future Potential: a GEM Perspective on Youth Entrepreneurship

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)

The long-term effects of the U.S. financial crisis and ensuing global downturn continue to be felt worldwide. In particular, it is the new entrants into the labour market – the youth – who are bearing the brunt of the sluggish global economy. Young people are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed, while even amongst the employed youth, many young people have only informal, temporary, or unpaid family jobs.

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Accelerating Pathways Youth Economic Strategy Index 2015

Citi Foundation

The Youth Economic Strategy (YES) Index seeks to provide policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders with comprehensive and comparative data on the economic situation of youth in the 35 cities it covers. The index aims to inspire policymakers, the private sector and civil society to improve opportunities for youth aged 13 to 25. Are cities providing the enabling environment that supports the economic aspirations of youth? Are they making the proper investments and policy decisions to support youth and enable them to reap youth-driven dividends in the future?

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Cities of Opportunity: Rapid Urbanization and Implications for Youth

Citi Foundation, UN-HABITAT, Making Cents International

The world is becoming more urban, and residents of cities are becoming younger. By 2030, it is predicted that 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, of which up to 60% will be under the age of 18. But are cities ready for the challenges and opportunities associated with this rapid growth? In particular, are cities building the infrastructure and environment to provide economic opportunities for this growing youth population?

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Africa Agriculture Status Report 2015: Youth in Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

On September 25-27, 2015, the United Nations is holding a summit at which the Sustainable Development Goals and their associated targets for the next fifteen years are to be adopted. The Goals are fully integrated and indivisible, but the first three (of 17) have a direct bearing on the central theme addressed in this year’s Africa Agriculture Status Report: Youth in Agriculture.

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Toward Solutions for Youth Employment

Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE)

Unemployment in any form is a drag on an economy and society. It undercuts productivity, spending, and investment, stunting national growth. It contributes to inequality and spurs social tension. Joblessness and inactivity and the failure to tap into the economic aspirations and resources of young people carry an even higher price. Experience and increasing evidence show the significant social and economic costs of youth un- and underemployment and economic inactivity on individuals and families, and on present and future national and global prosperity and security.

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