FELLOWSHIP: Pond's Fellowship Program

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices is very eager to receive applications from capable and visionary young women and millennials, working on all issue-areas from both the private and non-profit sectors. This program is especially targeting women ages 18-25 from India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

What sets these young leaders apart is their vision for change and determination to challenge the status quo. Fresh thinking and leading with empathy, inclusion and collaboration will make the difference to reshape our world for the better.


PROGRAM: Youth Champions Initiative, Jan 2017

Rise Up

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Public Health Institute have partnered to launch a second cohort of the Youth Champions Initiative – an exciting initiative to advance innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. The Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) invests in visionary young champions who lead the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement now and for the next generation. Following a competitive selection process, YCI will select 18 visionary young people working in Packard Foundation priority geographies – India (BiharUttar Pradesh, New Delhi), Ethiopia (Oromiya and Addis Ababa), Pakistan (Karachi), and the United States (Louisiana and Mississippi).

SCHOLARSHIP: Asia Exchange Scholarships 2017, Nov 2016

Asia Exchange

Applications are invited for Asia Exchange Scholarships to pursue study abroad program in one of Asian partner universities for one semester. Students from Australia; Austria; Belgium; Canada; The Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; The Netherlands; Norway; Sweden; Switzerland and USA are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Asia Exchange enables students to take part in study abroad semesters and internships in Asia. They increase internationalization and streamline student mobility in a convenient and affordable way.

CAMP: Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp 2017 in Singapore, Nov 2016

Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp

AYLTLC aims to bring student leaders worldwide, through engaging activities, to enhance their abilities in cross-cultural interaction and cooperation, which will further equip them to be effective leaders. In addition, participants will be able to understand more about Singapore – a multiracial, multilingual and multicultural society from various perspectives. Nevertheless, what they will learn here may not only be unique to Singapore, but also applicable to their home countries as well as the increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

BLOG: Access To Finance For Youth: An Opportunity In Afghanistan, Oct 2016

Chemonics International

Financial inclusion seeks to increase the number of individuals who are able to access formal financial services, with a focus on providing access to marginalized populations such as youth or women. According to the World Bank, almost 40 percent of the adults in the world do not use formal financial services, such as licensed commercial and development banks, savings and loan companies, and deposit-taking entities. The majority of the individuals who do not access these services come from poor households. 

FELLOWSHIP: 2017 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program, Oct 2016

The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is releasing a call for applicants for its 2017 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program. This will be the fourth cohort of this prestigious program, designed to engage and empower a dynamic community of emerging leaders from all over Asia.  The Asia Foundation is a Development Fellows Program in order to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure for Asian professionals.

PRESENTATION: Preparing Youth for Employment in Transitioning Economies: The Case of Southeastern Europe, Sep 2016

Cardno Emerging Markets

Cardno Emerging Markets will present youth workforce development approaches developed and piloted on USAID funded competitiveness projects in the Balkans over the past 10 years. As countries in the Balkans move closer to EU accession, youth entering the labor force face new opportunities and challenges. Non-­traditional sectors are emerging as potential drivers of employment, which require training and technical assistance, alongside supportive government policy that match youth with employment opportunities. It will engage the audience in discussion to determine both the pros and cons of each approach, and recommendations on how to move forward with helping youth entering the labor force.

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BLOG: Empowering the Youth in Sri Lanka and Increasing their Contribution to Economic Development, August 2016

United Nations Development Programme

As a growing economy, Sri Lanka needs to focus more on service sector involvement. Higher involvement in the service sector will enable the economy to improve in every factor, for example in employment opportunities, higher disposable income etc. For the growth of the Sri Lankan economy, the youth of the country needs to contribute to this higher involvement. This is currently not the case (NHDR 2014). Youth who are based in the North, North Central and Eastern Provinces, are contributing at a low level to economic development in the service sector. If policy developers can develop a solution to empower and enlighten the youth, their contribution would be higher.

BLOG: Youth in Kuwait Advocate for Entrepreneurial Economic Growth, July 2016

IREX International

In its drive towards economic diversification and sustainable growth, Kuwait is focusing on the entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, and trading heritage of its people to attract foreign investment. Yet getting innovative ideas off the ground remains difficult for many young entrepreneurs, as home businesses are illegal in the country. In an economy where the public sector remains the primary employer, Kuwaiti youth are constantly exploring new entrepreneurial avenues through home businesses. Home businesses “allow young people and their ideas entry into the market with low risks,” explains Nasser Al Sulaihim, a youth member of Legalize Kuwait.

BLOG: The Skills Asian Youth Need Today, July 2016

Asian Development Blog

Although skills mismatch has only recently become a pressing problem in the region, it is likely to worsen if education systems and technical and vocational education training (TVET) programs do not adapt to the new demands of the labor market. This was not the case before, as most education systems in developing Asia were able to meet the skills required for employment, but global trends have altered the picture. Traditional learning methods, according to a World Economic Forum report released early this year, cannot keep up with current employer demands.