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3 Questions with Maram Khalil and Al’a Ghazi Hussain Essa: Economic Opportunity for Youth

Chemonics International

Maram Khalil and Al’a Ghazi Hussain Essa are young professionals in Jordan’s hospitality industry. Through the Jordan Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism (BEST) project, they are gaining opportunities for professional development and personal growth. In this blog series highlighting youth economic opportunity, Maram and Al’a reflect on their experience with Jordan BEST’s Pathways to Professionalism Program.

Can you tell us about your career goals and experience as a young professional in Jordan?

Positive Youth Development: What is it? And does it impact youth employability?

Results for Development

On Tuesdays, my colleagues and I take a break from assessing health and education challenges to strategize on the soccer field instead. We’re very good at strategizing, but we’re awful at scoring goals. Soccer, of course, is a sport that requires thoughtful strategy, but a game plan is not very useful without clear communication to execute it, the stamina to run across the field toward the goal, or the skills to kick the ball on target. If we’re going to score, win games and fulfill our goal of making the playoffs, we need that whole package.

Girl Coders Fight Sexual Harassment

USAID

Blerta is the first girl in the Kosovo’s IT sector to ever win a grant to work on a computer application. Since then, she established Girls Coding Kosova in February 2014. Earlier this year, Girls Coding Kosova teamed up with Open Data Kosovo and USAID to develop #EcShlirë (meaning “walk freely” in Albanian), a mobile application for reporting sexual harassment in real time.

Demographic Dividend: Why Investing in Children, Youth Benefits Nation

IPP Media
Tanzania and Africa’s development at large lies with the well-being of its today’s children and youth.
 
The prospect of socio-economic transformation of the continent rests with investing in the young people of the continent.
 
Today’s investment in youth and children is tomorrow’s peace, stability, security, democracy, and sustainable development including reaping the demographic dividend.
 
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Article

Dreams Deterred: Opportunities to Promote Self-Reliance for Somali Refugee Youth in Kenya

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Somali refugees in Kenya currently find themselves in limbo with only restrictive and impractical options available to them. The majority of these refugees are unable to return to Somalia, despite recent efforts by the Governments of Kenya and Somalia and UNHCR, due to sustained threats to their protection, safety and dignity in what continues to be a fragile post-conflict situation. Opportunities for third country resettlement are concurrently diminishing, particularly in Europe and the United States of America, due to a sharp decline in refugee resettlement quotas.

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Report

Four Ways to Promote Girls' Access to New Economic Opportunities

Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project, MarketLinks

The Making Cents International 2018 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEO) galvanized important conversations about how to foster and promote entrepreneurship, skills, resiliency, solutions, and excitement to create employment opportunities. Many of the Summit breakout sessions concentrated specifically on girls’ economic empowerment and how changemakers, foundations, implementing partners, and communities can mobilize around youth through a gendered lens.

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Article

The Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Forum

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International Labour Organization
DATE: 
Nov 13, 2018 (08:00am) to Nov 14, 2018 (06:00pm)

Join us at the YES Forum to learn more about youth entrepreneurship policies, improving access to finance for young entrepreneurs and facilitating access to markets. The two-day programme will include plenary sessions, inspirational talks, a marketplace for key actors, and a pitching competition for young entrepreneurs. The YES Forum is a featured event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and is jointly organized by the ILO, ITC, UNCDF, UNCTAD and UNIDO under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.

Achieving Gender Equality by 2030: Putting Adolescents on the Agenda

ORGANIZER: 
Global Early Adolescent Study
DATE: 
Nov 12, 2018 (07:45am to 09:30am)

This side event focuses on the key role of adolescents in Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve Gender Equality and Empowerment of all Women and Girls by 2030.

Judges' Expression of Interest: Young Women Transform Prize

YouthPower, USAID, the Volvo Group, Standard Chartered

Applications Open - Young Women Transform Prize: Enabling Youth Led Economic Empowerment

The “Young Women Transform Prize: Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment” seeks international youth development professionals (implementers and funders) to review applications submitted by youth-led and youth-serving organizations. Express your interest in being a volunteer judge today. Thanks to USAID, The Volvo Group and Standard Chartered for their support of the Prize.

Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Unilever

We are living in a world where temperatures are rising, water shortages are more frequent, food supplies are increasingly scarce and the gap between rich and poor is increasing. Populations are growing fast, making basic hygiene and sanitation even more of a challenge.

UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017 is open for applications

UNLEASH

Are you the next SDG Talent?

UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017 is open for applications – and you are invited!

To find smarter, faster, and cheaper ways to reach the Sustainable Development Goals we need next generation solutions from bold thinkers and leaders. UNLEASH will bring 1,000 hand-picked talents from around the world together to ideate and collaborate on new solutions in Denmark from August 13th-21st, 2017.