Originally written in 2010, this 2012 case study details the Equity Bank's experience developing youth-friendly financial services in Kenya. Considering the extent of Kenya’s growing youth population, Equity has had to learn to quickly scale-up its financial and non-financial services through a variety of innovative and youth oriented strategies, including increase of and training for staff and mobile banking service delivery channels.
Getting ready for the 21st century was presented at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference by Gabi Zedlmayer. Zedlmayer explains how innovative technology can be used to solve some of the biggest issues we face in the environment, education and in healthcare.
World Development Report 2013 suggests that countries should focus on creating jobs with greater development payoffs. This makes me wonder whether we should also place more emphasis on those entrepreneurial ideas and businesses that could potentially improve the business environment in which other entrepreneurs operate, thereby generating a reproductive effect on the reduction of unemployment.
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Second Committee of the General Assembly, in collaboration with FAO, IFAD and WFP, are organizing on 1 November, a special event on food security and nutrition (http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/food).
Innovative Use of Technology for Data Collection in Youth Programs was presented under the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Impact Assessment Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Discussed in this presentation are the use of various kinds of mobile and Internet-based technology for monitoring, research and evaluation activities. Also examined are the relative merits and limitations of each type of technology. How these tools are being used in youth programming around the world, and how your organization can make use of them as well is discussed as well.
Intel Learn: Technology, Critical Thinking and Collaboration for Youth of All Ages was presented under the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Impact Assessment Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Intel Learn, a learner-centered, project-based, hands on technology program was examined. The medium of this program is teaching underserved youth technology skills, like the Microsoft Office package – but the goal is teaching 21st century learning skills and critical thinking skills through Collaborative learning, Projects, and presentation skills.
"Markets Go Mobile for Youth Entrepreneurs" was presented under the Enterprise Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Examined in this presentation is how International Trade Centre is using mobile phones to innovate business communications and trade transactions between producers, marketers, traders and exporters who are disadvantaged by their location and/or the level of economic development.
In this video from the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, Gabriele Zedlmayer of HP explores the role that technology and innovation can play in youth economic development. She argues that while not the solution in and of itself, technology is an enabler that can help young people better live up to their potential, be it as a scientist, business-owner, or academic.
Join us at SEEP 2012 Annual Conference, focused this year on Building Inclusive Markets: Impact Through Financial and Enterprise Solutions. The SEEP conference is the premier practitioner event in the industry, bringing together over 500 professionals representing 250+ organizations from 70 countries. This year, the SEEP Network will host a number of exciting trainings, workshops, and plenary sessions, bringing together the most dynamic and relevant practitioners in the industry. For the first time, SEEP will also host a career fair in microfinance and enterprise development.
OpenEntry (OE) is a non-profit development organization with 13 years of experience bringing the benefits of e-commerce to thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in 44 countries including Haiti, Brazil, Laos, India, Zimbabwe, Mali, Netherlands, Kenya, Bangladesh, and USA.
A United Nations Development Program evaluation of OE in Nepal (http://goo.gl/EWd4b) concluded: