Dell Social Innovation Challenge Annual Competition

Closing Date:

Jan 28, 2013

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge annual competition is open to ALL university students in the world–-it doesn’t matter what school you attend or what you’re studying.  And one doesnt  need a venture plan to enter.  Everything from early-stage ideas to mature projects that are up and running can compete to win. The innovation project could be vested in starting a nonprofit organization, a for-profit business, a campaign, community volunteerism, university club or even other informal or formal operations.

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.

Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) launches new youth training - Give Youth a Chance: An Agenda for Action

Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) is pleased to announce the launch of its new youth training strategy, Give Youth a Chance: An Agenda for Action at Making Cents International's 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. MIF general manager Nancy Lee will discuss the key lessons learned from past projects, and present highlights of the new strategy, including the New Employment Opportunities initiative, a public-private alliance that will bring successful youth training models to one million youth in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Give Youth a Chance: An Agenda for Action

Multilateral Investment Fund

18 years have passed since the MIF began working with youth in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since then, a whole new generation has been born. The risks this generation faces are formidable: those who lack skills and connections will often be shut out of the formal economy. Fortunately, the opportunities rival the risks. The energy, diversity, and potential of young people can be transformed into a vibrant engine of growth for the region. The MIF remains committed to the critical goals of supporting access to jobs and business opportunities for this new generation of youth.

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Press Release: UNCDF and The MasterCard Foundation Release Initial Findings from Ten Pilot Tests of Financial and Non-financial Services for African Youth

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), YouthSave

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and The MasterCard Foundation today released a new publication titled Assessing New Youth-Focused Products: Pilot Testing Financial and Non-financial Services for Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. The paper is based on the experiences of 10 financial service providers in Sub-Saharan Africa that are part of YouthStart, and synthesizes key recommendations, technical considerations and best practices when launching new youth-focused services. It was launched at a panel discussion at Making Cents International’s 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, which was facilitated by YouthStart Program Manager, Maria Perdomo. . The Conference is the biggest international forum on youth financial inclusion.


United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), YouthSave

UNCDF launched YouthStart in 2010 in response to the lack of opportunities for the growing population of young people around the world, especially in Africa. To improve financial inclusion of youth, YouthStart supports strong financial service providers (FSPs) in developing, piloting and rolling out financial products focused on low-income youth—with a special focus on savings—and non-financial services (NFS) such as financial education.

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How Policymakers Can Boost Youth Employment

Manpower Group

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that nearly 75 million young people are unemployed in the world today. This number has increased by more than 4 million since the financial crisis of 2008-9, and the outlook for the medium term is worsening. The global youth unemployment rate is 12.7 percent in 2012, and the ILO projects that it is likely to rise to 12.9 percent by 2017.2

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What is Project Success?

Multilateral Investment Fund-IDB

Many projects are called failure simply because “projects are projects”

Even having spent 15 years in an international development institution, I am still hesitant to make judgment whether a project should be called a success or not – simply I don’t know how. To illustrate why not, let me do a comparative analysis on hypothetical projects A and B – both are of US$1 million and designed to support youth business creation. I do not want to sound presumptuous, but these are extracted from the real cases based on my ample experiences.

As Good as it Gets? Getting Policy and Regulation to Work for (not against) Youth Financial Services

UNCDF, GCAP, Central of the Philippines, Child and Youth Finance International

This year, at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference organized by Making Cents International, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), the Central Bank of Philippines and Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) are joining forces to share their experiences, insights, and tools for influencing and adapting policies to improve youth access to financial services. 

Replicating Youth Financial Services: Applying Lessons Learned and New Innovations

Womens World Banking

Blog #6 in a special series for the 2012 Youth Economic Opportunities Conference
September 11-13, 2012 | Washington, DC

Ryan Newton is the Senior Associate for Youth Savings at Women’s World Banking (WWB). In this role, Ryan is responsible for managing and growing the youth savings practice at WWB.