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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.

Household Matters: Revisiting the Returns to Capital among Female Micro-entrepreneurs

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Despite the prevalence of female entrepreneurs in developing countries, recent research suggests that women do not benefit from loans and grants in the same way that men do, leading to questions about the value of offering financial services to female entrepreneurs. Researchers re-examined data from previous studies in Ghana, India, and Sri Lanka to measure the impact of credit and cash grant variations on micro-enterprise profits in households where women were the only entrepreneurs and in households where other members also had a business.

Growing Up Banked: Serving Youth throughout Their Lives

Women's World Banking, Diamond Bank

What happens when youth age out of the financial products they have taken up? Without successful migration strategies, the oft-discussed social and business case for youth propositions cannot be realized.

MoHiM: Fighting the Menstrual Stigma to Create Equal Economic Opportunities for Girls

Gaming Revolution for International Development (GRID)

MoHiM - No Shame in the Period Game. This mobile game makes it fun to learn and talk about periods. The game aims to educate, engage and inspire girls who face the worst forms of oppression because of their periods. The game not only breaks the menstrual stigma here in the US, but also has a low-end Android version being taken to 3500 girls in East Africa.

WEBINAR: Early Evidence from the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) Program

ORGANIZER: 
YouthPower Learning
DATE: 
Jul 25, 2017 (10:00am to 11:30am)

This webinar will present key lessons from the GAGE program, a nine-year (2015-2024) UK government-funded program that is designed to gene

2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations

ORGANIZER: 
United Nations
DATE: 
Aug 9, 2017 (All day) to Aug 12, 2017 (All day)

Empowering Women and Girls: A Policy Event Series for 2017

ORGANIZER: 
Plan International and Wilson Center
DATE: 
Apr 25, 2017 (01:30pm to 02:45pm)

Empowering Women and Girls:
A Policy Event Series for 2017

by Plan International USA and the Woodrow Wilson Center

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April 25th, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Women’s Leadership for Stability and Security

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.

FELLOWSHIP: AAUW Fellowships and Grants, Nov 2016

AAUW

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 230 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2016–17 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.