International Youth Foundation (IYF)

Mali Support to Youth Entrepreneurs Project, PAJE-Nièta

Education Development Center (EDC)

PAJE-Nièta (Projet d’Appui aux Jeunes Entrepreneurs or Support to Youth Entrepreneurs Project) is a five-year youth development initiative funded by USAID/Mali’s Basic Education and Accelerated Economic Growth divisions. The project works to provide 10,000 rural, out-of-school youth with improved basic education, work readiness and technical training, social and leadership development, and accompaniment towards livelihood activities. Nièta means "progress" in Bambara, a Malian language.

The Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative

Public Health Institute

The Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative aims to strengthen advocacy and leadership capacity within Latin America and Africa to improve socio-economic and educational opportunities for adolescent girls, increase girls’ access to quality sexual and reproductive health services, and to empower young women to advocate for policies and programs that respond to their own needs.


Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program-Iraqi Youth Initiative

Louis Berger Group

The Iraqi Youth Initiative is a new private sector initiative designed by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create employment opportunities for young Iraqis was initiated this week by the USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program. The project hopes to expose young Iraqis living in underserved or impoverished areas to essential business skills and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Video Interview with Nick Cain, Vittana, USA

Making Cents International

Nick Cain, International Partnerships Manager for Vittana, discusses the dual roles of Vittana as an engine for developing financial products (student loans), and as a person to person funder via its website, vittana.org. Specifics of how “risk-tolerant” capital provided by individual social investors around the world provide the capital Vittana’s microfinance partners need for making student-centered education loans in the developing world is outlined with examples from actual students.

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Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescent Girls


The Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) programme started in 2008 and is already making a difference in the lives of vulnerable Ugandan teenage girls and young women. Organised into 690 clubs for 13 to 22 year olds, the programme provides a safe place for them to socialise and take part in group activities as well as a forum for life-skills training. Many of the older members who are out of school have taken training in income-generating skills. Near the end of 2009, some began receiving microfinance loans and have launched their own businesses.

Yes Youth Can

Mercy Corps

Yes Youth Can!, funded by USAID, endeavours to empower Kenya’s youth in new and meaningful ways. As youth-led, youth-owned, and youth-managed, Yes Youth Can! is an unprecedented project that puts youth truly in the lead of their own development. The program provides resources for the economic development of Kenya’s youth and communities such as: Jobs, Community Service, Responsible Leadership, Investments, and Partnerships. Yes Youth Can!

Girl Hub

Nike Foundation, DfID

Girl Hub’s job is to unleash the Girl Effect.
What’s the Girl Effect? It’s when the 600 million adolescent girls in the developing world get a chance to grow into healthy mothers, active citizens and educated members of their societies – and transform their families, communities and nations along the way.

The Girl Effect is a revolution waiting to happen. It just needs a few things.

Dalit Empowerment Centre (DSK)

Navsarjan Trus

Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK), a joint initiative of Navsarjan and Janvikas, is located in Village Nani Devti, about 30 kilometers from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was founded in July 1999, and was given its current name in 2003.  Several thousands of students have now completed courses at DSK.

Stabilization of Youth Through Providing Employment Opportunities (RISEN)


The project sought to provide viable employment opportunities to unemployed, conflict affected youth whilst encouraging leading national employers to expand industry into the North.