Join us at the YES Forum to learn more about youth entrepreneurship policies, improving access to finance for young entrepreneurs and facilitating access to markets. The two-day programme will include plenary sessions, inspirational talks, a marketplace for key actors, and a pitching competition for young entrepreneurs. The YES Forum is a featured event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and is jointly organized by the ILO, ITC, UNCDF, UNCTAD and UNIDO under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.
This challenge is open to undergraduates (freshman through junior year) currently enrolled at an accredited college or university in the US. CEB is a publicly traded, multi-national firm that delivers products and services that help drive the corporate performance of more than 10,000 companies around the world. We deliver groundbreaking research and best practices to 90% of the Fortune 500, thereby equipping leading executives with insight and proven solutions across corporate functions, including: Finance, Government, IT, Marketing, Legal, and Human Resources.
The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion announces the launch of a Research Fellows Program to support research and thought leadership in financial inclusion. The purpose of this program is to encourage independent researchers and analysts to examine systematically some of the most important challenges in the financial inclusion arena. Fellows will enter the program as either CFI Research Fellows or Accion Research Fellows or, depending on their focus.
The concept of shared value, coined by Harvard professors Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer in 2011, is being discussed among businesses, governments and development practitioners alike as a way for businesses to increase financial returns while simultaneously delivering social and climate impact in the community. In other words, it is the new way of doing business responsibly.
The Inter-American Development Bank partnered with public and private entities in Jamaica to build a new business hotel in the heart of Kingston. Through a shared value approach, the project surfaced employment for women-led SMEs and youth-at-risk. The objective of the project is for the Marriot to hire 5 percent of its labor force from local youth-at-risk as well as source fresh goods from up to 20 local SMEs, preferably women. While increasing the hotel's reputation, trust within the community will be built.
Key challenges facing youth include difficulties in obtaining adequate training and practical experience, as well as obtaining jobs and short-term employment opportunities. Youth also face challenges when launching startups, often lacking technical or business mentorship assistance as well as access to sources of finance. This is particularly the case in the early stages of business development due to underdeveloped investor culture in BiH and the perceived high risks involved with early ventures.
The 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference program is now available for you to review. The 2013 event will contain two Spotlights: "Opportunities for Rural Youth"focuses on how to support youth in rural areas. "Power of Technology" showcases how to utilize technology in your programming. The conference will take place September 10-12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Click here to view the interactive program. The 2013 “State of the Field” Publication is also available online. Click here to access the latest publication.