U.S. Small Business Administration
My first job was at G. H. Wilke’s jewelry store in San Gabriel, California. When I was in high school, the Wilke family put me to work dusting the jewelry window displays. Simple as it was, that first task taught me responsibility, reliability, creativity and the importance of listening. In my first few weeks on the job I learned about customer service and making personal connections as I greeted customers. I also learned how to assemble inviting window displays and think about the customer experience.
The World Bank
More than 400 students today packed the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) auditorium in Karachi. They were eager to interact with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group and discuss social innovation, entrepreneurship and inclusive growth in Pakistan. This is an important theme for Pakistan and one particularly relevant to the country’s young population. Nearly two-thirds of Pakistan’s population is 24 years old or under. This represents an unprecedented opportunity as young Pakistanis can greatly contribute to growth and development.
Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)
I perceive participating in Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) in South Africa as a marvelous opportunity to augment my knowledge through the mutual sharing of skills and expertise among the scholars and bright mind scientist. I believe this conference as an adventure to synergize fruitful innovative ideas which will help to nurture the young professional and consequently bring the new insight into sustainable agricultural development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the international community’s ambitious response to today’s most pressing global development challenges. It will guide our development priorities for an entire generation. Young people played a key role in shaping this agenda and understand the stakes: they experience first-hand many of the issues it seeks to address. The goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda are interconnected, aiming to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.
On 1-2 February 2016, over 800 young leaders from around the world, along with high-level national and international policy makers, convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 5th ECOSOC Youth Forum. The forum provided a platform for young people to engage in dialogue with member states and other stakeholders on concrete commitments and actions to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and discussed how youth can be involved in its implementation and follow up.
Youth are too often overlooked as stakeholders in conversations about global governance. When the conversation is about sustainability, no demographic should be more front and center than the youth (individuals aged 15-24) who will inherit the world we shape now. Currently, youth stats are unsustainable. In response to this youth unemployment crisis, and in an effort to engage youth in governing for the future, the United Nations Economic and Social Council hosted a Youth Forum this month.
The World Bank
The World Bank is committed to working with governments to give everyone the ability to lead productive and healthy lives and getting youth ready for and in jobs is part of this. In Kenya, the World Bank supported a pilot program to give unemployed youth access to job training and private sector internships. An impact evaluation found that those who went through the program were more likely to end up with paid employment, and that young women in particular were also more likely to open a bank account and save money.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
For decades promoting gender equality and empowering women has been on the development agenda. We know that empowering women, and particularly young women, to make their own choices for an active participation in the economy makes a difference on so many fronts. The research shows an abundance of positive links. And yet it’s clear that another generation of young women remains outside the reach of what should be their full economic and self-empowerment potential.
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with senior level leaders in the U.S. Government, NGOs, international financial institutions, foundations, and others working on global food security. The program will foster relationships between young agricultural entrepreneurs from countries in which the U.S. has major agricultural programs and U.S. policymakers, private sector leaders, academics, and other stakeholders in agricultural development.
This story is part of a special report on the global youth unemployment crisis, “Generation TBD.” It's the result of a GroundTruth reporting fellowship featuring 21 correspondents in 11 countries, a year-long effort that brings together media, technology, education and humanitarian partners for an authoritative exploration of the problem and possible solution