Lessons on Youth Leadership from Garissa, Kenya

Education Development Center

Many of us youth development practitioners have been eagerly anticipating the release of USAID’s youth policy with the hope that it will increase awareness of the importance of youth issues to development. I know from EDC’s work around the world how integral youth are to economic, social and political development.

Youth in Development: Realizing the Demographic Opportunity


This Policy on Youth in Development is the first of its kind for USAID. It is both timely and necessary as more than half of the world’s population today is under the age of 30, with the vast majority living in the developing world.As Secretary Clinton said in Tunisia in February 2012,“…in every region, responding to the needs and aspirations of young people is a crucial challenge for the future." The policy is predicated on emerging best and promising practice for youth development and engagement that are gleaned from USAID and partner’s experience in youth programming, as well as through consultations with young people across the developing world.The policy is further informed by principles and practices articulated in the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development (PPD), the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), the National Security Strategy 2010, State Department Youth Policy 2011, USAID Forward, and the USAID Policy Framework 20112015.

Invitation to Guest Blog on new USAID Policy for Youth In Development


 and USAID are seeking 2 – 3 blogs in response to the new USAID Policy for Youth In Development! This is a unique opportunity to share your organizations perspectives on the first policy of its kind from USAID and to amplify youth development as a community.

USAID will be blogging and we will hear from several Mission directors via video feed on why this policy is important to their work at Monday’s event. We look forward to augmenting these blogs with diverse perspectives from the non-profit, private and foundation sector. Share your views!

USAID's Youth in Development Policy: A Timely Opportunity to Rethink Rural and Agricultural Programming

Making Cents International

We applaud USAID’s new Youth Policy for recognizing the central role that youth should play in development strategies.  Turning this policy into action at the mission and programmatic level is our next challenge.  USAID Feed the Future and rural development initiatives in particular should consider how youth can be better integrated into strategies and specific program design. 

Elevating a Demographic on the Rise


Message from the Senior Adviser and Chair, Youth Policy Task Team, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning on education and employment, health care and family life, and civic engagement and political participation.

Youth Speakers Invited to Present at USAID Policy for Youth in Development


The launch of the first ever USAID Policy for Youth in Development is taking place this Monday, October 29th. Please help ensure that the audience is inclusive of the young people our programs serve and extend the invitation to attend to youth participants and/or graduates of your programs. Visit www.usaidyouthpolicy.eventbrite.com to register.

Clinton Global Initiative Touches on Key Issues Facing Youth

Clinton Global Initiative

Among the star line-up of speakers and presenters during this year's 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting which addressed a host of pressing global concerns, critical voices on youth provided a necessary reflection on the state of global youth particularly in areas of employment, education, and financial inclusion for youth. Review agenda, topics, and speakers. Read the article here.

The Youth Livelihoods Alliance: Joining Forces for Economic Opportunity

United States Department of State

As I speak with young people from around the globe, I find striking similarities. They are full of innovation, creativity, and talent. People under 30 are the first generation of youth that can consider themselves a global entity. They see themselves as global citizens and want to connect and help one another.

Press Release: Launch of the Youth Livelihoods Alliance: Creating Economic Opportunities for Young People

United States Department of State

Under Secretary Maria Otero to Deliver Keynote Address at the Launch of the Youth Livelihoods Alliance: Creating Economic Opportunities for Young People

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 1, 2012


Press Release: Only Scalable Strategies Will Solve the Youth Crisis, ManpowerGroup Reports


WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions and World Economic Forum (WEF) strategic partner, released a report today at Making Cents International's Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference that calls on governments to closely collaborate with companies and educators in developing and scaling the massive initiatives needed to increase the number of work opportunities available for young people.