OpenEntry (OE) is a non-profit development organization with 13 years of experience bringing the benefits of e-commerce to thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in 44 countries including Haiti, Brazil, Laos, India, Zimbabwe, Mali, Netherlands, Kenya, Bangladesh, and USA.
A United Nations Development Program evaluation of OE in Nepal (http://goo.gl/EWd4b) concluded:
As thousands of educated young people leave school and college each year, Bhutan is facing an unprecedented problem of unemployment. The private sector is still a fledgling and the civil service is over-suscribed. With a money-oriented economy sweeping across the region, there is a need for a socially responsible and ethical entrepreneurial culture. LEP was launched in order to give a helping hand to hundreds of young people who are searching for guidance and support to create businesses and employment in the new economic climate.
Network: Youth Business International is a global network of independent non-profit initiatives helping young people to start and grow their own business and create employment. HRH The Prince of Wales is our President.
YBI members assist under-served young entrepreneurs with a combination of training, access to capital, mentoring and other business development services.
They adapt this common approach to their local context, working in partnership with governments, businesses and multilateral and civil society organisations.
What’s Your Issue? What Are You Going To Do About It?Youth Challenge International (YCI), one of Canada’s leading youth development organizations, is launching a Global Action Grant program for Canadian Youth aged 18-35 interested in creating innovative solutions to youth issues in development. Three $500 grants will be awarded to young people from across Canada to fund micro-projects that raise awareness about development issues at home (here) in Canada.
In Russia, 60 million people are unable to access financial services due to inadequate infrastructure and severe administrative barriers. This means that it’s very difficult for people to get a loan to start a business, or to get more support as their business develops.
The Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project in seeks to strengthen youth’s access to justice and equip youth with market-driven skills and attitudes to improve their ability to transition to the workforce. SKYE will target a total of approximately 600 youth beneficiaries who do not have the necessary education, skills and behaviors for integration into the workforce; many will be school dropouts and/or involved in the juvenile justice system.