Boko Halal -- Education Is Good

Camfed International

The shocking kidnap of more than 200 girls in northern Nigeria has focused global attention on the dangers faced by young women in Africa. Like millions around the world, I hope and pray for their safe return.

The aim of militants such as Boko Haram, whose very name means "Western education is a sin," is to sew hatred and enmity between Muslim and Christian communities, which have co-existed largely peacefully for generations. Education, in particular the education of women, is a threat to Boko Haram's goals. That is why the group carried out this appalling act.

Twitter Chat with YouthSave: Asset Building and Global Poverty

Jun 11, 2014 (03:00pm to 04:30pm)

Join YouthSave on or before June 11 at 3pm for a conversation on asset building as a tool to alleviate global poverty.  You can send your question ahead of time via twitter using the hashtag #youthsave.  If you've never participated in a twitter chat before, see the instructions below.

How to Participate

Story of EGRA: Possible Applications to Youth and Workforce

RTI International, Workforce Connections

Luis Crouch of RTI International's gave this presentation on lessons learned from the development of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) measurement tool at Workforce Connections' first event: The Challenge of "Soft Skills" Measurement: Toward a Common Approach. 

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A Chance for Change: Child and Youth Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda


“A Chance for Change: Child and Youth Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda” was organized by CYFI with the support of UNCDF on the 23rd of May, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meeting featured high-level stakeholders and was attended by 341 participants from 90 countries, including ambassadors and representatives of 43 permanent missions to the UN.

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Three Ways to Bridge the Employability Gap in the Developing World

Results for Development (R4D)

Re-posted with permission from R4D:

What are the skills needed for employability in the 21st century economy? And what innovative models are needed to deliver these skills to students?

USAID Announces the Establishment of a New Agency Procurement and Collaboration Instrument, the Development Innovation Accelerator


Just a few weeks ago, USAID launched the U.S. Global Development Lab—representing a historic investment in the power of science, technology, innovation and partnership (STIP) to advance our mission.

Higher Education and the World of Work

May 21, 2014 (10:00am to 11:30am)

How do students gain formal work experience during their post-secondary experience before making the transition to formal employment? What are best practices for gaining work experience that prepare students with the soft and hard skills needed to be successful in their professional lives? Join us for a conversation with experts to discuss best practices and lessons learned from current models from around the globe.


Joyce Warner, Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff, IREX


Outcast Majority: War, Development & Africa's Youth: A Framework for Reform

May 21, 2014 (12:00pm to 01:00pm)

Join AIYD as we kick off the 2014 Learning Series with special guest and youth expert, Dr. Marc Sommers who will present on his forthcoming book, entitled The Outcast Majority: War, Development and Africa's Youth. Dr. Sommers will contrast some of the forces that shape and propel young people’s lives in war-affected Africa, with those that influence international development work.

The Challenge of "Soft Skills" Measurement: Toward a Common Approach

Workforce Connections (USAID, FHI 360, Child Trends, Making Cents International, and RTI International)
May 28, 2014 (03:30pm to 05:00pm)

Join the Workforce Connections Community of Practice​ launch event! The goal of Workforce Connections is to promote dialogue and knowledge exchange among international youth workforce development professionals. 

Participate in-person or via webinar. Register here.