REPORT: Australia Youth Development Index Shines a Spotlight on Nation’s Young People, August 2016

The Commonwealth Youth Program

To mark International Youth Day 2016, on 12 August, the first-ever Australian National Youth Development Index report has been launched with support from the Commonwealth Secretariat. The index measures the situation for 6.3 million young people aged 10 to 29 in Australia, and examines changes between 2006 and 2015 across five domains: education, health and well-being, employment, civic participation and political participation.

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COMPETITION: Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) 2017, August 2016

Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who actively run a business. EO GSEA is an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources, and grow their businesses. The local chapters Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) will host live competitions at the local, regional or national level, which will serve as a qualifying event for GSEA Finals in Bangkok, Thailand. The live competition is reserved for undergraduate students (pursuing a bachelor's degree) only.

FELLOWSHIP: 2017 Future Founders Fellowship, August 2016

Future Founders

The 2017 Fellowship will take place from January – December 2017. As a Fellow, you’ll be a part of an exclusive community of up-and-coming innovators and changemakers representing diverse backgrounds, industries and schools from across the country.  Applicants should be a founding member who is a decision maker of a startup. Whether you are currently running a business or developing your idea, all startup stages are eligible. We are looking for the best of the best!

BLOG: Youth in Kuwait Advocate for Entrepreneurial Economic Growth, July 2016

IREX International

In its drive towards economic diversification and sustainable growth, Kuwait is focusing on the entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, and trading heritage of its people to attract foreign investment. Yet getting innovative ideas off the ground remains difficult for many young entrepreneurs, as home businesses are illegal in the country. In an economy where the public sector remains the primary employer, Kuwaiti youth are constantly exploring new entrepreneurial avenues through home businesses. Home businesses “allow young people and their ideas entry into the market with low risks,” explains Nasser Al Sulaihim, a youth member of Legalize Kuwait.

BLOG: Why I Think We Should Be Changemakers, July 2016

Ashoka’s Youth Venture

It is no one else’s responsibility to identify me as a “changemaker” before I do so for myself. Now, I boldly call myself a changemaker because of several reasons. Not only do I feed off the inspiration of other changemakers who have come before me like Les Brown and Martin Luther King Junior, but I make the daily conscious decision to be part of the solution and not to bemoan the past and join those who are part of the problem. If you were to ask me what some of the common traits I share with other changemakers, you would not hear me say that it is the accolades or accomplishments of success that changemakers get along their journey. 

CASE STUDY: Educate! Riding the Reform Wave to Scale Up Youth Entrepreneurship in Uganda, July 2016

The Center for Universal Education at Brookings

The Educate! Experience (2009–present), implemented by Educate!—a U.S.-based nonprofit—is an experience-based education program that addresses the mismatch between education and employment opportunities in Uganda. The program focuses on three areas: student skills development, teacher training, and advising on national policy. Educate! Scholars, a select group of secondary school students, are provided with skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness, along with mentorship to start real businesses at school. The Educate! Experience program is delivered by young entrepreneurs, called Mentors. As part of their work in schools,

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BLOG: Not My Grandpa’s Agriculture, July 2016

Making Cents International

It’s not surprising that rural youth around the world don’t want to follow well-worn paths into low-return, subsistence agriculture. But does this mean that agriculture programs shouldn’t bother trying to connect with youth, or that youth programs can forget about agriculture as a viable livelihood option? At Making Cents International, we answer these questions with a resounding “No.” Indeed, we are encouraged by what we learned from youth in South Sudan, Kenya, and other countries about the kinds of agriculture programs and activities that interest them.

FELLOWSHIP: Africa Business Fellowship, 2017

Africa Business Fellowship

The Africa Business Fellowship is a partnership between Econet, African Leadership Network (ALN), and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). The program will match young American business professionals with paid 6-month placements in African companies. Its purpose is to strengthen relationships between the African and American business communities and provide future American business leaders with the hands-on experience they need to truly understand business in Africa. We believe that by exposing high-achieving American professionals to African business at this stage in their careers, we are setting the stage for increased American-African investment and more meaningful collaboration.

CONTEST: How to Promote Inclusive Development in Agriculture, Energy, and Tourism in Senegal, June 2016

The World Bank

Are you a Senegalese university student between the ages of 18 to 30 years old? If so, the World Bank wants you to have your say on some of the most pressing development challenges in your country. The World Bank office in Senegal invites you to share your ideas for how to boost inclusive development in one of the following areas: agriculture, energy, or tourism. Enter the #Blog4Dev contest and you could win a two month youth project monitor position at the World Bank office in Dakar! 

REPORT: State of the Small & Growing Business Sector, June 2016

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

2015 was a year for global progress in development policy. The ratification of the Paris Agreement marked the first unified, global effort to set targets to combat climate change. In 2015, UN member states also agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 17 universal targets that will guide policies, investments, and political agendas across the globe. The SDGs explicitly focus on economic development and reducing inequality, as well as specific sectors like energy, water, and agriculture.

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