Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)
Ms. Janet Longmore presented on the Technology Plenary Panel at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. An overview of Digital Opportunity Trust is given.
Evaluating Youth Financial Capability Projects: Lessons from YouthSave was presented under the Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. How using different data collection methods can promote rich learning to improve economic empowerment projects for youth is discussed.
Bridges From School to Work
Bridges From School to Work Program Overview was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. The Bridges From School to Work Program, which develops and supports employment opportunities and the retention of young people with disabilities between the ages of 17-22 is discussed.
Save the Children
Increasing Incomes and Advancing Social Identities of Rural Adolescent Girls was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Promising practices in gender and workforce development programs are discussed.
Education Development Center
Youth Programming Approach: Overcoming Gender Barriers in South Asia was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Creative strategies for ensuring training, job placement and other services that respond to the unique needs of women are discussed.
USAID recently released a groundbreaking policy on Youth in Development. One of the primary themes focused on the importance of youth engagement, which includes incorporating perspectives and voices of young people in each element of program planning. Though the policy was the first of its kind, this thinking is not new to the youth space.
This case study examines Plan International’s “Making Financial Services and Business Skills Development Available to African Children and Youth” project, which has sought to create unique opportunities for youth to actively and independently improve their own living conditions in Niger, Sierra Leone, and Senegal. The project focuses on the Village Savings and Loan (VSL) savings and lending methodology as the primary financial service delivery mechanism, which places a premium on savings and building personal assets and minimizes risk through small pools of capital and small loans with no requirement that group members borrow.
Save the Children USA
This case study describes the Kishoree Kontha (Adolescent Girls’ Voices) Project implemented by Save the Children in 5 sub-districts of southern Bangladesh. The goal of this intervention is to link savings schemes with other non-financial services, such as health and education, to allow rural adolescent girls ages 10-19 to build human, social and economic assets. Save the Children uses tailored youth-inclusive market research tools to develop and effectively deliver appropriate financial and non-financial products and services.
Microfinance Opportunities (MFO)
Through the Savings and Economic Empowerment grant, funded by the Nike Foundation, MFO formed innovative partnerships to support three grantees in five countries to develop financial education materials that will reinforce savings behaviors and savings products for adolescent girls. If adolescent girls and young women have access to high quality, low cost savings accounts, supported by financial education, not only will their propensity to save increase, but their attitudes towards and management and use of money will undergo a lifelong change.
This case study focuses on the BRAC initiative in Bangladesh known as the Employment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program, which offers both credit and savings services to adolescent girls. To help break the traditional lifestyle which characterizes adolescent girls' lives of early marriage and unwanted pregnancies, BRAC began offering financial services to adolescent girls with the goal of fostering financial independence to play a key role in empowering adolescent girls.