This document is intended to be a companion document to the Scaling Up TOOLKIT. With support from the MacArthur Foundation and the Packard Foundation, both documents were developed, applied, and refined over a nine year period with twenty‐two projects in India, Mexico, and Nigeria. An earlier version of this document was published in March of 2006.
During the last decade, several African nations have seen record rates of growth placing them among the top growing economies in the world. Yet, this boom has not translated into an increase in jobs for the estimated 11 million youth who join the workforce each year. Fortunately, today¹s generation of African youth is more educated, and more connected than ever before.
Solving the employment crisis requires collaboration involving many sectors, however, youth empowerment is also a key component. To what extent can youth empowerment impact innovation and employment in Africa?
Business Fights Poverty, The Partnering Initiative
Oct 9, 2014 (All day) to Oct 10, 2014 (All day)
We’re excited to announce a new two-day course this October on “Building Effective Partnerships for Development”. The course, led by The Partnering Initiative in association with Business Fights Poverty, will take place in Oxford, UK, on 9 and 10 October.
The programme will develop essential partnering skills, understanding and knowledge. The course is aimed at individuals charged with developing partnerships or who are representing their organisations within partnerships. It will balance core content with highly interactive, experiential learning.
Global Money Week is a worldwide celebration to empower the next generation to be confident, responsible and skilled economic citizens. Every year, during the second week of March, young people around the globe talk, play, create, sing, read, discuss and learn about saving, money, changing economic systems and building a financial future for youth. It is about joining together – children, youth, parents, organizations and entire communities - to start action to reshape finance, and give young people the tools to shape their own future.
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), Microlinks, USAID
Aug 7, 2014 (09:00am to 10:30am)
Customer-centricity is about providing solutions based on a deep understanding of customer needs, preferences, and behaviors. This approach takes the idea of financial inclusion one step further and requires more than just good intentions to be effective. It can often involve a complete overhaul in a service providers operations and behaviors. But the journey to customer-focused products and services is vital as it can add value to the lives of the world’s most vulnerable by helping them meet daily needs, achieve personal and business goals, and build resistance against market shocks.
The MasterCard Foundation has been dedicated to learning as an organization since our first partnership in 2008. It is in this spirit that we are proud to share Change that Matters: Learning from our Partnerships. Informed by evaluations, research and the expertise of our partners and staff, this report provides a narrative introduction to our work by summarizing key learning from our first six years as a philanthropic organization.
In June 2014, 500 young African leaders demonstrating exemplary entrepreneurial and civic leadership arrived in Washington D.C. to participate in the first ever Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship, a six-week academic and training program that seeks to prepare the next generation of African leaders for the 21st century, which will culminate with a three-day Presidential Summit for Washington Fellows on July 28.