How important are age group definitions? A rose by any other name? This blog at the Center for Financial Inclusion discusses the implications of how we define age groups. Emphasis should be made on developing services that reflect realities of your stakeholders, rather than definitions surrounding generalized life cycle transitions.
This case study details a large part of SPARK’s work in the Western Balkans during the years 2006-2010. SPARK is a young, enthusiastic development organisation focusing on building the capacity of partner organisations in fragile states so they can develop entrepreneurship amongst youth. This should lead to new enterprises and growth of existing enterprises. In five countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro) SPARK has set up Business Start-up Centres (BSCs) with the aid of local civil society stakeholders such as municipalities, universities, chambers of commerce, business associations and other relevant parties. More than 10,000 youth followed business skills training, ranging from administrative courses to business plan writing, leading to improvaed participant business skills. Read the case study to discover the key lessons learned.
About the Annual Conference on Financial Education
The Annual Conference on Financial Education promotes the effective delivery of consumer financial products, services and education by hosting a national event for professionals providing these services. The Conference is a showcase for financial education success stories, offering attendees proven strategies, tips and techniques to achieve intended outcomes, funding goals and program sustainability.
A webinar which brings together different stakeholders involved in a recent Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation programme. The panel includes girl beneficiaries and programme implementors from Uganda and Guartemala as well as trainer and donor representatives.
This publication is a guide for deposit-taking institutions in any stage of youth savings program development––from those simply exploring the possibility of introducing youth savings, to those already offering youth products but looking for new ideas and strategies to improve performance.
In order to capture successful approaches to building strong, inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems that help democracies deliver for all segments of the population, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) will organize a two-day international conference in Chicago, IL on April 9-10, 2013. It will focus on the following key themes:
Jesse Fripp presented on the Technology Plenary Panel at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. ShoreBank International (SBI) is dedicated to expanding access to capital, information and services for small & growing businesses, entrepreneurs and households, to catalyze sustainable development and build an inclusive global financial system. An overview of SBI is provided.
Youth Programming Approach: Overcoming Gender Barriers in South Asia was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Creative strategies for ensuring training, job placement and other services that respond to the unique needs of women are discussed.
Through the Savings and Economic Empowerment grant, funded by the Nike Foundation, MFO formed innovative partnerships to support three grantees in five countries to develop financial education materials that will reinforce savings behaviors and savings products for adolescent girls. If adolescent girls and young women have access to high quality, low cost savings accounts, supported by financial education, not only will their propensity to save increase, but their attitudes towards and management and use of money will undergo a lifelong change.
Client Protection Principles for Youth Handouts was presented under the Financial Services and Capabilites track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. This handout provides insights from UNCDF-YouthStart, on examples of youth-inclusive programming that have successfully responded to the needs of youth within the constraints of the regulatory framework.