FULL LIST OF FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Globally, Young people access financial services at roughly half the rate of adults.  According to the World Bank’s Global Findex database, youth are 40% less likely to save at banks and 60% less likely to have borrowed.[1]  Without these services, young people have fewer means to manage their assets, invest in education, or grow businesses.  In response, youth inclusive financial services programs are working with regulators, financial services providers, and informal savings group promoters to increase young people’s access to appropriate savings, credit, payment, and insurance products.  At the same time, recognizing that youth often lack the knowledge or experience to use services effectively, programs are offering financial education and life-skills training and information to boost financial capability. 

Over the past three years there has been a growing awareness of the importance and viability of finance for youth among service providers.  However, overall access has not changed significantly, with the proportion of youth savings and borrowing formally barely changing.  In response, youth-inclusive practitioners are looking more closely at the potential of new technologies to boost access and capability - at digital payments and mobile wallets to lower the costs of providing services, “big data” to help banks understand the youth market and reduce the risk of lending, and smart phones to offer new convenient and inexpensive means to teach financial education to youth.  At the same time, there is renewed interest in old technologies such as savings groups to expand access to youth.  Through these new and old technologies, practitioners are working to boost financial inclusion significantly among youth.

 

Agricultural Value Chains and Their Potential for Youth Employment in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Contexts

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

As agriculture is one of the most promising sectors in most fragile and conflict-affected environments, this article explores some of the key challenges and obstacles agricultural value chain development poses for youth employment.

A Global Desk Review of Financial Education’s Contribution to Girls’ Economic Empowerment

Aflatoun International

This global review is part of the thought leadership component of the Credit Suisse Financial Education for Girls (CSFEG) program. The purpose of this work is to provide recommendations regarding the design, implementation and research on programs for adolescent girls aged 10 to 18 that aim to contribute to their economic empowerment by containing a financial education component. Presented here are the findings from research into selected, highlighting key financial education program models.

WEBINAR: #BankTheYouth Webinar on Safer Payment Guidelines for Minors

ORGANIZER: 
Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI)
DATE: 
Jul 6, 2017 (09:00am to 10:00am)

Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have partnered on a #BankTheYouth Campaign to raise awareness and stimulate activity around financial inclusion and financial capability for children and youth around the world.

4,300 Moroccan Youth Find Opportunities and a Way out of Illegal Child Labor

Creative Associates International

When Laila was 15 years old, she had to leave school to help support her family by selling small goods on the streets of Marrakech. It was grueling work and she lived in fear of violence or assault.

What Does the Future Hold for Youth Savings in Ethiopia?

CGAP

A common criticism of international development work is that it is unsustainable. Grant funding dries out, the international development agency leaves, and the program or services offered phase out. What would a financial products and services program aimed at sustainability look like? A recently concluded project in Ethiopia is a promising illustration.

Financial Inclusion for Adolescent Girls – Strategic Insights from Burundi

SEEP Network

Using examples from Burundi, CARE’s POWER Africa (Promoting Opportunities for Women's Economic Empowerment in Rural Africa) team shares how innovative, community-led conflict resolution creates a foundation for sustainable and inclusive gender equality, contributing to social and financial advancement of the entire community.

YouthConnekt Africa Sumit

ORGANIZER: 
YouthConnekt
DATE: 
Jul 19, 2017 (All day) to Jul 21, 2017 (All day)

Over the last decades, Africa has been experiencing rapid technological and economic development creating new opportunities for millions of people all over the continent. However, with more than 226 million people aged between 15-241 , Africa has the youngest population – and the highest youth unemployment rate (60%  ) – in the world.

TRAINING: Enterprise Development Program for Youth

ORGANIZER: 
The Microfinance Association
DATE: 
Aug 28, 2017 (All day) to Sep 1, 2017 (All day)

The Microfinance Association, through its Fast Track10 program, intends to work with a number of youth and microfinance institutions in G

CONFERENCE: Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion and Economic Development

ORGANIZER: 
LAPO Institute for Microfinance and Enterprise Development
DATE: 
Aug 23, 2017 (All day) to Aug 24, 2017 (All day)

The Conference on Microfinance and Enterprise Development (CMED) brings together academics, practitioners and policymakers from within and outside Nigeria to examine the current state of microfinance and enterprise development, with a v

The Impact of Youth Skills Training on the Financial Behavior, Employability and Educational Choice in Morocco

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

In the context of global concerns about the economic exclusion of youth, efforts to facilitate youth access to decent jobs and financial services have become a development priority. This is particularly the case in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where continued growth of the youth population has exacerbated pressures on education systems and labor markets. This has contributed to poor labor market outcomes for young people, increasingly characterized by high unemployment, underemployment and informality.

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