Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE), Youth Business International (YBI)
Unemployment is the most critical challenge that young people in all parts of the Commonwealth confront today. The challenge is particularly acute in developing countries where jobs in the organized sector are few and far between, while those in the informal sector are often unstable, unsafe and poorly paid. It is therefore imperative for governments and stakeholders to identify and promote alternative pathways to sustainable livelihoods if they are to fulfil the aspirations and potential of their young people. Empowering young people to consider entrepreneurship as their vocation has to be a critical component of such a strategy.
Fudacíon Paraguaya, University of Minnesota, Teach a Man to Fish, The Mastercard Foundation
Obtaining formal employment is an unlikely reality for a large proportion of the world’s youth population, especially those living in parts of the Global South where national incomes are driven by the informal economy and small and medium enterprises. As such, there has been a global push to integrate entrepreneurship skills development into national education systems in order to ensure that future generations have the skills to start and lead successful enterprises. This session looks at how to integrate hands-on micro and small-scale school enterprise activities into entrepreneurship curricula. Achievements, as well as challenges and limitations of this approach, are discussed by a diverse team of entrepreneurship education experts, a program implementer in Tanzania, and a university youth research team.
Mercy Corps, Hivos
In December 2010, the Tunisian Revolution began in response to dissatisfaction with local government and the lack of equitable economic opportunities. Youth yearning for a voice, equality, and fair employment were at the heart of the revolution and the larger Arab Spring. As a response, Mercy Corps has been supporting young Tunisians in gaining soft and technical skills, as well as accessing new income opportunities. Learn about how Mercy Corps is collaborating with Hivos and the Tunisian government to promote soft skills for entrepreneurship via innovative co-working spaces, gamification techniques, and by partnering with Tunisia’s great minds in ICT, media, and music.
Young African Leaders Initiative
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.
On June 1st, the founders of ClickMedix and DC Greens combined forces and launched their big innovation — a mobile app and digital platform that allows low-income, Washington, DC residents to redeem vouchers prescribed by doctors for fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets. Both ladies would be the first to admit that these types of voucher programs exist in other cities. What they would say does not exist, however, is the kind of technological pairing that allows for cross-sector collaboration and data analysis — a key piece of the empowerment formula that many government, clinical and nonprofit agencies trying to transform health services are hungry for.
Voices of Youth
I remember the first time I heard this word I hoped that being one is not as hard as pronouncing it. When we are little angels (kids), all we dream of is growing up to be distinguished doctors, creative engineers, innovative teachers or even inspiring artists. But how many of us ever aspired to be an entrepreneur? My guess is, not many. Perhaps the reason is that we, as Arabs and especially Syrians who are residing in the Arab shell, still lack role models of successful Syrian entrepreneurs. A lack of mentors and hardship in accessing information are other reasons to build a more solid brick in front of our high ambitions.
The MasterCard Foundation
Today’s youth have a truly revolutionary outlook on the world of work. They are ‘transformational leaders‘ who have an unique view that is firmly entrenched in the belief that anyone can make meaningful change in society over time. Young men and women are becoming active social entrepreneurs or joining start-ups, as well as taking roles in businesses, government, and civil society organizations to help transform them from the inside out.
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Mar 13, 2017 (10:30am) to Mar 16, 2017 (10:30am)
Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 160 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. At the weeklong GEC, delegates make connections, gain insights, learn about new research, and leave ready to renew their programs, policy ideas or firm founder skills.
United Nations Development Programme
As a growing economy, Sri Lanka needs to focus more on service sector involvement. Higher involvement in the service sector will enable the economy to improve in every factor, for example in employment opportunities, higher disposable income etc. For the growth of the Sri Lankan economy, the youth of the country needs to contribute to this higher involvement. This is currently not the case (NHDR 2014). Youth who are based in the North, North Central and Eastern Provinces, are contributing at a low level to economic development in the service sector. If policy developers can develop a solution to empower and enlighten the youth, their contribution would be higher.
United Nations Development Programme
Each year, more than 100,000 new jobseekers enter the already saturated job market. In Benin, 70 percent of people between 15 and 29 years old are underemployed, and this age group accounts for approximately 60 percent of the active population. In response UNDP and the Government of Benin have implemented two projects. Business Promotion Centres (BPCs) train and advise young entrepreneurs on starting their own businesses and participating in job-creating and income-generating activities, while the project to promote agricultural entrepreneurship introduces young people to organic farming, agri-food processing and the management of natural resources.