Under the umbrella of the DREAMS Initiative of the US Government’s PEPFAR support in Kenya, ASPIRES is organizing short-term technical assistance for experts in the delivery of training and follow-on support in two areas: financial capabilities and entrepreneurship. The Training of Trainers for each topic will be delivered to 10 local implementing partners who are serving the DREAMS target population of adolescent girls and young women ages 10-24 who are HIV-vulnerable in Nairobi and Kisumu (Western) province.
A young person’s first job is a critical developmental step toward adulthood. A first job provides an opportunity for youth to engage with the financial system and also infuses earnings into the local economy. In cities across the nation, youth employment programs are the single most significant way that hundreds of thousands of teens are introduced to the working world each year. With municipal ingenuity as well as private sector and philanthropic support, some city leaders and partners have developed innovative, locally-financed summer employment programs in recent years. Related year-round programs complement summer efforts, typically for smaller numbers of youth.
Did you know that whilst almost half of young people in sub-Saharan Africa say they save, 80% do not have a bank account? Young people aren’t a target of traditional savings groups either; a survey in 2013 found that of 103 organizations that promote savings groups in 43 countries, only 22% include youth or child-focused groups.
Banking on Change is currently one of the largest programmes working with youth savings groups (YSGs). In Phase 1 of the programme, from 2009 to 2012, the focus was on savings groups more broadly; in Phase 2 we have focused on YSGs in Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Between June 2013 and December 2015 the programme established 11,725 YSGs with over 245,000 members, of whom 132,000 are under 25 and two-thirds are women.
Rural youth in developing countries make up a large and vulnerable group. Globally, three quarters of the poor live in rural areas, and about one-half of this population is young people. This young and growing population confronts a number of challenges, including poor quality of education, lack of basic infrastructure, lack of access to or control of sufficient land for farming, and, for girls in particular, more traditional cultural norms, which severely hinder their ability to build sustainable livelihoods.
A second year student from Salford City College’s Future Skills has started building a career, at one of the most well-known brands in the country. Eighteen-year-old Zubair Rana from Cheetham Hill has secured a part-time job at ITV’s Media City UK office, after completing a six-week summer placement there as part of his college course.
Meeting the needs of the global youth population requires evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable initiatives. In response, Making Cents International offers a demand-driven Knowledge Management (KM) platform that builds the capacity of youth development stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate high-impact youth economic opportunity programs, policies, and partnerships. The platform components are:
The Obama administration unveiled a $5.5 billion proposal to create summer and first-time jobs for youths over four years and a $2 billion scheme to create apprenticeships over five years, the latest in a series of ideas that will be included in the federal budget plan next week.
The proposals — part of a $12.5 billion package of new spending over five years — includes $3 billion to train people to lure firms to the United States from abroad or to keep them from leaving.
In recent years, great strides have been made in improving supply-side issues in financial system access. Specially tailored loans and savings accounts have enabled poorer populations to smooth their income, and technology has allowed banks to reach those rural communities that physical bank branches can’t. But a lack of financial literacy remains a huge demand-side barrier to financial inclusion. Simply put, if people don’t know about or aren’t comfortable with financial products, they will either not demand them, or will be unable to make informed judgments and take effective decisions about them.