COMPETITION: World Young Innovators, January 2016

ITU Telecom World

The ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition is looking for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas on how ICTs can mitigate the various problems faced by refugees. This could include helping to provide critical services to refugees, working to prevent the situations that make them refugees, connecting families and tracking movements, or helping to make refugees at home in their host country or safely returning them home. The two best ideas coming out of CeBIT will be extended further benefits, such as visibility, networking and capacity building opportunities.

Pioneering the Youth and Technology Movement in Africa and Beyond: Case Narrative

Youth for Technology Foundation

Entrepreneurs are made not born. 

When I was growing up, my father often said to me, "They can take everything else away from you, but they can't take away how much you have in your head." His words have resonated with me throughout my life. Perhaps that is why, when I started Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) from a cubicle at Microsoft in 2000, I became so obsessed with my vision that I had no choice but to pursue it. Fortunately, I did not have to convince my husband, Telema, that my vision for YTF was worth pursuing; he soon joined me as cofounder. 

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Impact Hiring: How Data Will Transform Youth Employment

The Rockefeller Foundation, Incandescent, Knack

Youth unemployment in the United States is an intractable problem, especially for the vulnerable segment of “opportunity youth”: young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor work.

Existing programs to address this challenge are expensive and difficult to scale, underscoring the need for a radically different approach to effect change at the ecosystem level.

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Five Powerful Ways to Harness Digital Technology to Curb Youth Unemployment

Dalberg Global Development Advisors

High youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems confronting advanced and developing countries alike. To ease the crisis, government policies and practices have focused on vocational education and financial provisions, but these measures have hardly made a dent. Fortunately, digital technology offers some solutions. While technological advances alone are never enough, a mix of regulation, investment and school integration can foster new technological solutions to the youth unemployment crisis.

Getting to Big: Take Your Program Online for Scale and Impact

Udemy, Education Development Center (EDC), Catawba Valley Community College

You've designed a groundbreaking and effective youth development program and you are ready to take it online to achieve bigger scale and impact. How will you ensure that your program will make the transition to a digital format and stay relevant, engaging, feasible, and sustainable? Your staff is fluent in several languages but what the heck are MOOCs, the Cloud, Moodle, Drupal, flip the classroom, CMS and LMS?

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Reply with Your Employment Status: Using Mobile to Learn about Youth Employment Trends in Africa

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), GeoPoll

In this session, global mobile surveying company GeoPoll and USAID Bureau for Africa will present data collected via SMS on employment and incomes from the youth population in Sierra Leone and Liberia during the Ebola outbreak. Presenters will also discuss how remote mobile data collection and mobile communication can be leveraged to improve youth employment opportunities in developing countries, to include during humanitarian crises.

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2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application

Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Selection Process

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Who is eligible to apply?

Solutions for Youth Employment: A Unique Way of Fostering Private Sector Involvement

Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE)

A Good Job means equality. A Good Job means opportunity. A good job means excitement. A Good Job means sustainability. These are just a few of the descriptions of a “Good Job” that we heard from youth and others in attendance at last October’s launch event for Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) coalition.

It was at this event that S4YE unveiled a vision for a world where all youth have access to work opportunities that empower them to escape poverty, thus boosting shared prosperity worldwide. An urgent challenge.  A massive opportunity.  

African Innovation Award 2015

Africa Innovation Award


Are you between the ages of 18 & 40? Do you have a revolutionary idea in Education, Science & Technology, Agricultural/Agribusiness, Healthcare and Energy? How about a solution that can improve the lives of millions of people on the African continent?

From Complaints to Collaboration: Salvadoran Industry and Higher Education Form Cluster Partnership to Improve Talent Pipeline in Information and Communications Technology

RTI International

El Salvador’s first-ever Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry-Higher Education Cluster was launched in March 2015, the first of several clusters formed by industry partners and higher education institutions (HEIs) in different economic sectors (e.g. energy, manufacturing, agro-industry, and health).