Broad and Deep: The Extensive Learning Agenda in YouthSave

Center for Social Development

The Center for Social Development leads the learning agenda for the YouthSave Initiative. YouthSave is designed to increase youth savings and related positive outcomes among low-income young people in developing countries, as well as develop on-going in-country capacities in both youth savings and research. The YouthSave learning agenda aims to produce critical knowledge from multiple perspectives to inform the design of savings products, services, and policies targeted for youth, and at the same time provide insight into asset building among youth and their families.

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Lessons Learned from Moving the Haitian Out-Of-School Youth Livelihood Initiative (IDEJEN) Beyond the Pilot Phase

Education Development Center

This report summarizes the lessons learned and makes recommendations for the IDEJEN project as it moved from a pilot phase with 650 youth to a large-scale national project serving 13,000 youth. It examines the following aspects of the project: developing a knowledge base, informal basic education, life skills, technical/ vocational training, livelihood accompaniment, capacity-building of local organizations, monitoring and evaluation, and partnerships.

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Poverty, Marriage Timing, and Transitions to Adulthood in Nepal: A Longitudinal Analysis Using the Nepal Living Standards Survey

Population Council

This study examines the influence of household poverty in early childhood on livelihood outcomes for girls in Nepal.

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Youth Business Russia Program

OxFam International

In Russia, 60 million people are unable to access financial services due to inadequate infrastructure and severe administrative barriers. This means that it’s very difficult for people to get a loan to start a business, or to get more support as their business develops.

Advancing Integrated Microfinance for Youth (AIM)

Freedom from Hunger

Advancing Integrated Microfinance for Youth—AIM Youth—is a $4.4 million partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. In this three-year initiative, Freedom from Hunger will design, test, and document youth-focused microfinance and financial education services benefitting 37,000 youth in Ecuador and Mali. Young people living in poverty are often expected to contribute financially to the household before they have the resources or knowledge to adequately respond.

Stories of Change Vol. 2: Youth Making A Difference

Ashoka’s Youth Venture

Stories of Change is Ashoka’s electronic book series. This volume, meant to provide inspiration to both youth and the practitioners who serve them, offers the stories of ten young “changemakers” from around the world.

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Growth and Employment: Visions at Work

Africa Commission

The Africa Commission presents a progress report on the work that has been done by the Africa Commission to realize its goals to focus their development agenda towards Africa with the creation of decent jobs for the growing African youth population, as described in its ‘Copenhagen Statement’. This report also includes a number of key-note articles by commissioners and other prominent persons on matters of concern to Africa and the Africa Commission, as well as shorter articles sharing some relevant experience and lessons learned.

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Children and Change 2011: Children and Enterprise


This annual report focuses on the theme of enterprise, and attempts to document the different ways that enterprise has been integrated in ten of Aflatoun’s programs. The cases show that enterprise is flexible and not prescriptive, and that it can be adapted to meet organizational needs and demands.

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Lessons from SEED: A National Demonstration of Child Development Accounts

Washington University, Center for Social Development

Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment (SEED) is a policy, practice, research, communication, and
market development initiative designed to test the efficacy of, and inform policy for, a national system of savings
and asset-building accounts for children and youth in the United States. SEED is implementing and studying
inclusive saving in the form of Child Development Accounts (CDAs), established as early as birth and ideally
lasting across the full life course for all Americans. This summary report on SEED is based on CDA experience
with over 1,171 children and their families in 12 states and communities.

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Fostering Opportunities in Rural Southern Areas (FORSA)

Pathfinder International

Funded by USAID, Pathfinder's FORSA project, which means 'opportunity' in Arabic, is working to provide immediate job opportunities for young men and women in rural areas. These youth will support improved health information, health-seeking behavior, and access to quality health services for Egypt's most vulnerable populations. FORSA is also working to build the capacity of women and provide them with in-kind support to start their own microenterprises, thus helping alleviate poverty.