Building the Business Case for Youth Services

UNCDF, The MasterCard Foundation,

Demonstrating that youth are a viable market for financial service providers

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Mobiles for Youth Workforce Development Landscape Review

mEducation Alliance, USAID, Mastercard Foundation, Plan International

Youth make up 17 percent of the world’s population and 40 percent of the world’s unemployed, according to the International Labor Organization. A number of factors combine to make sustainable, decent employment an enormous challenge for youth the world over, including low levels of education and technical skills, slow job growth, lack of information about available jobs, and difficulties accessing financial capital to start small enterprises.

Youth Savings Workshop: Why Youth Savings & How?

Women's World Banking, Silatech, GIZ, Sanabel
Nov 20, 2013 (02:00pm)
Women's World Banking, Silatech,  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Sanabel are pleased to invite you to the “Why Youth Savings & How?” workshop, to be held on Wednesday, November 20 from 14:00-16:00 in conjunction with Women’s World Banking’s Building Women-Focused Finance: The Global Local Experience conference in Amman, Jordan.

Youth ICT Toolkit


EQUIP3 assessed the labor markets and consulted with numerous stakeholders in Kenya and Rwanda to identify viable youth livelihood opportunities in three sectors: information and communications technology (ICT), agriculture, and health.

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Children as Stakeholders: Towards the Hard Business Case of Child Savings

Child and Youth Finance International

This article is the final installment in the blog series, Exploring the Business Case of Youth Savings. The series  presents views on the business case for youth inclusive financial services. You will hear from financial service practitioners, policy-makers, and advocates from around the world.

The Tech Revolution in Low Income Countries

bKash, CellBazaar

Live at the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, Kamal Quadir, Founder of CellBazaar and CEO of bKash, delivers an inspiring and informative Tech Talk about the power of technology to transform livelihoods, communities, and nations. Quadir gives examples of how technology helps businesses understand users' needs and how to meet them with sustainable business models.


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Hope or Hype? Five Obstacles to Mobile Money Innovations for Youth Financial Services

New America Foundation
This article summarizes findings also presented in the 2013 Global Assets Project policy brief, “Accelerating Access: The Movement Toward Mobile Solutions to Youth Financial Inclusion” by Zimmerman et al., published by the New America Foundation.
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Young People, Agriculture, and Transformation in Rural Africa: An “Opportunity Space” Approach

Institute of Development Studies

In this essay we argue that entrepreneurship-based policy and programmes to address the jobs challenge facing young people in rural Africa need to be much more firmly grounded. Specifically, in terms of expectations, design and implementation they must take explicit account of the highly diverse and changing rural and social realities within which young people both find themselves and help to fashion.

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