REPORT: Youth Think Tank Report 2015-2016, June 2016

The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation Youth Think Tank is a research group made up of young people who are recruited to conduct research in their communities, make recommendations based on their findings, and advise the Foundation. The 2015-2016 Youth Think Tank conducted research into economic opportunities for youth in East Africa and found that young people across the region face similar aspirations and challenges.

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SUMMIT: Asian Union Leaders Summit 2016 in Malaysia, Nov 28-Dec 2, 2016

Center for Asia Leadership

This 5-day program takes the young people of Asia on a journey to learn how they could confront and resolve issues, and take a step forward indefining a future that is promising and thriving not just for themselves, but for their country and Asia too. Using leadership frameworks taught at Harvard University, participants will operate and mobilize group dynamics in an environment where the pace ofpolitical change is accelerating rapidly, exercise effective and impartial leadership. 

BLOG: Youth, Agriculture and Inclusive Development in Africa, May 2016


This post is a response to the expert contribution ‘Passionate youth for agricultural development’, which is based on the policy dialogue between Dutch policymakers, knowledge institutes and NGOs on effective approaches to empower youth in agribusiness. The discussion appears to be premised on the assumption that rural Africa’s youth constitute a distinct socio-economic demographic that is particularly affected by unequal economic growth and income disparities. To support this argument, the article cites ‘barriers’ that prevent youth from effectively engaging in agriculture. Consequently, it proposes specific interventions to empower youth, within the new policy agenda of ‘inclusive development’. 

BLOG: Youth Entrepreneurship for Africa’s Transformation, May 2016

Your Commonwealth

“What Africa becomes tomorrow depends on how it harnesses the potential of young people today,” said Eric Shitindi, Permanent Secretary of the United Republic of Tanzania, as he officially opened a technical workshop on youth entrepreneurship, organised in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Labour Organisation, and UNCTAD. Held in Dar es Salaam, the initiative aims to support Commonwealth member states in East Africa to develop national youth entrepreneurship frameworks and polices. Delegations from Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia were present.

BLOG: Inclusive Agricultural Transformation: How to Support Women and Youth Through Agribusiness, June 2016

INCLUDE, The Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies

There are many challenges involved in making agriculture more attractive to women and young people. Nevertheless, there is also much optimism and many initiatives taking place to overcome these challenges, as evidenced by the widely appreciated panel discussion on ‘Jobs for women and young people – the transformative potential of agribusiness’ co-hosted by INCLUDE at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Lusaka, Zambia on 23 May. Centred on the topic of agribusiness, this panel of experts discussed how agriculture can be transformed into a more productive sector and how it can create more employment for youth and women.

EVENT: Growing the Future: Insights and Innovations From Young Agricultural Entrepreneurs, June 16, 2016

CSIS Global Food Security Project and the CSIS Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative
Jun 16, 2016 (09:00am to 11:00am)

Join the CSIS Global Food Security Project and the CSIS Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative in welcoming six Growing the Future fellows to Washington, DC. These agricultural practitioners and entrepreneurs are spending a week engaging with policy makers from the federal government and non-governmental thought leaders. Our inaugural fellows, hailing from East and West Africa, will provide insights on what is working well in U.S. international agricultural development programs as well as make recommendations for improvements and offer ways that the U.S. can continue to support youth leadership in global food security.

BLOG: Kwabena Danso, The Brain Behind Ghana’s Bamboo Made Bicycles, April 2016

Modern Ghana

Kwabena Danso is a dreamer and a go-getter, a man determined to change the world around him and make a positive impact on several lives! He is a self-motivated young person driven by a passion to contribute to the fight against poverty through the introduction of pragmatic social intervention systems and policies. Kwabena, a social entrepreneur who works in rural communities to provide educational and economic opportunities to the deprived is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Booomers International Ltd and also doubles as the Executive Director of the Yonso Project. He has had a life-long interest in rural development.

BLOG: Selling Entrepreneurship to a Million Students, April 2016


It’s Friday afternoon at Iganga High School in Eastern Uganda, but the students aren’t thinking about the weekend. One group sinks their hands into a papier mâché paste, another stirs a foamy liquid. This is no art project or science lesson; it’s business. The end products — egg trays and soap, respectively — will provide an income for some pupils. The students here are learning from a unique curriculum developed by Educate!, a social enterprise that helps young Ugandans start businesses while in school, through a combination of weekly classes, mentoring, business clubs and teacher training. 

FORUM: Global Youth Forum 2016, June 13-15, 2016

The World Bank Group (WBG) and Global Partnership for Youth in Development
Jun 13, 2016 (All day) to Jun 15, 2016 (All day)

The Global Youth Forum 2016 will gather more than 150 partners and representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society, and young people themselves, to exchange new and innovative ideas, and to support the actions of the global community. The forum is designed around open discussions, based on evidence and experience, of the most effective ways to address both opportunities and  challenges facing young people and to engage young people in development.

BLOG: Commonwealth Governments Commit to Strengthening Youth Entrepreneurship in East Africa, May 2016

The Commonwealth

Government officials and young entrepreneurs representing eight Commonwealth countries in Africa have committed to advancing youth entrepreneurship by developing cohesive national strategies and cross-sector cooperation. The pledge came during a regional technical workshop on youth entrepreneurship for over 50 key officials from ministries of labour, youth affairs, trade and industry, representatives of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs–East Africa (CAYE-EA), and NGO and intergovernmental technical experts.