Kiva and the Birth of Person-to-Person Microfinance


Matt Flannery started Kiva in 2005 with his wife, Jessica. Kiva is an online lending platform that allows individuals in the developed world to loan to small business people in the developing world. Kiva operates in the microfinance space and works with a growing network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in more than thirty countries. Their MFI partners post the profiles of their loan applicants to the website. Internet users in the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond make small loans via PayPal to these businesses. The businesses pay the lenders back over a period of about a year.

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The Key to Growth & Progress in Latin America: Young Entrepreneurs

Young Americas Business Trust

Back in the 90’s, a vast majority of parents and guardians in Latin America would look down on their children if they decided to opt to become an entrepreneur instead of pursuing a career or enrolling in a University. They would think that their children had a lack of motivation for studying or they were simply not smart enough or too lazy to complete a degree.

Entrepreneurs for Social Change: Call for applications now open

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is organizing a 7-day training in collaboration with Fondazione CRT and the Italian Government. The training will bring together 20 young people from the Euro-Mediterranean region to enhance the skills needed to boost a business idea with a social mission, and be a powerful motor of economic development and social inclusion.

Millenials: Tomorrow's Leaders Today

The Hartford

A summary of findings by The Hartford on leadership among 18-31 year olds in American companies.

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2014 Deloitte Millenial Survey


The survey gathered the views of more than 7,800 Millennials (those born in 1983 or later) who had a college or university degree and who were employed full-time. There were roughly 300 respondents each in 26 countries in North America, Western Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. The survey was conducted online from October 10 – November 11, 2013 and was compiled by Milward Brown.

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Inspiring the Next Generation Workforce: The 2014 Millenial Impact Report

The CASE Foundation, Achieve

The first four Millenial Impact Reports (2010 TO 2013) have given organizations, causes, leaders, fundraisers and individuals around the world better insight into the next generation of volunteers, donors and advocates. Since 2009, the Millennial Impact Project has focused on Millennials’ preferences when engaging with causes. By allowing Millennials to describe how they wish to give and help causes, organizations have been better able to reach them.

Throughout the first four years of the Millennial Impact Project, the following trends emerged and evolved:

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Skills for Youth Employment: How and for Whom?


R4D recently hosted a panel discussion about the skills that students in developing countries need to excel in the labor market, along with innovative models for delivering those skills at the secondary level. The conversation covered macro issues (for instance, how to scale, how to engage policymakers, how to move successful pilots into the hands of local governments) and the precise skills that youth should acquire to meet the needs of employers.

Testing "What Works in Youth Employment”: Evaluating Kenya’s Ninaweza Program (Pt.1)

World Bank Group, IYF

This report presents the findings of an impact evaluation conducted for the Ninaweza program in Kenya. The report discusses the effectiveness of this comprehensive employability skills program model, which focused on information and communication technologies and life skills training for young women living in Nairobi's informal settlements.

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Opportunity for Young Leaders Across Sectors - Call for Applications to the 2015 Jeanne Sauve Public Leadership Program

Jeanne Sauve Foundation

The Jeanne Sauve Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2015 Jeanne Sauve Public Leadership Program: a unique fellowship spread over two years. Year one consists in a full-time intensive residential phase in Montreal for the entire group of a dozen select Fellows. Year two is a part-time field phase tailored to each individual Fellow's activities in their respective communities and countries.