BLOG: Afghanistan: Using Technology to Empower Women, July 2016


Roya Mahboob knew that she wanted to build a career in technology from the first time she set her eyes on a computer in the only internet cafe in Herat, Afghanistan, when she was 16 years old. In 2010, at the age of 23 she became the first tech chief executive in Afghanistan when she founded Afghan Citadel Software (ACS) with the aim of involving more women in her country's growing technology business. "We are not thinking, we are not supposed to do critical thinking," says Mahboob, discussing the way she and many women grew up in Afghanistan. 

BLOG: The Impact of Family on Dream Jobs, May 2016

RTI International

The impact of family influence on youth development is well documented in major evidence reviews (see those by JPALUSAID3ie; and the World Bank). Families impact nutritional and cognitive development, education and career choice parameters, social and geographic mobility, household and childcare responsibilities, and finance, savings, and income constraints, most of which vary by gender. Elements of family pride, saving face, and giving back also clearly play a role.

BLOG: Syrian Youth Volunteers Innovate to Educate Children, May 2016

Children of Syria

Bilal, along with hundreds of Syrian youth, volunteers with UNICEF’s education campaign promoting ‘Curriculum B’ – a new learning programme specifically designed for students who have missed out on education due to violence or displacement.  This innovative fast-tracked learning programme combines each two educational levels in one year, cutting the required years of education in half and allowing children to catch up with their peers.

BLOG: Creating Opportunities for Palestinian Adolescents, May 2016

UN Volunteer

“Adolescents can be powerful agents of change in communities,” says Chizuru Iwata, an international UN Volunteer from Japan, who worked with UNICEF as a UNV Adolescent Participation Officer in the State of Palestine. A 51-day Israeli military operation in July and August 2014, according to United Nations reports, left several thousand people dead, and over 10,000 injured. It destroyed and damaged homes, leaving tens of thousands homeless. “Working in UNICEF’s Adolescent Development and Participation section, I supported implementation, monitoring and a variety of the section’s activities that were building the capacities of national partners" says Chizuru.

BLOG: We’re not gonna take it, March 2016

The Economist

DELHI found itself under siege last month. Young men blocked roads and canals that feed people and water into the city. They looted, set fires and dragged women out of cars to rape them. The protesters, from a relatively privileged group of land-owning peasants called Jats, were agitating to be included in India’s list of “other backward classes”, which guarantees university places and government jobs. Faced with dry taps, Narendra Modi’s government was eventually forced to concede to the demand.

BLOG: Young Entrepreneur in Indonesia Does Good to Do Good Business, March 2016

International Youth Foundation

I am talking human resources with Deddy Dermawanto in the young business owner’s office in Bekasi, a densely populated suburb of Jakarta. In here, away from the city’s noise and traffic, the walls are covered in certificates; a few awards stand on a shelf in the corner. Deddy, a successful past participant in IYF’s Young Entrepreneurs Start-Up (YES) initiative, points out a few. The one he is most proud of dates from 2013, when he was a finalist in the category of most creative business by a college student.

BLOG: Results-Based Financing Links Masses of Youth with Employment in Nepal, March 2016

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

Bettina Jenny and Sonja Hofstetter of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Switzerland and Gisela Keller of Helvetas USA explain how a skills development program in Nepal has trained over 100,000 youth— with more than 75,000 of them gainfully employed. In Nepal, about 500,000 young people enter the Nepalese labor market every year. Most of them are unskilled and have not completed formal education. Moreover, the private sector in Nepal is weak, and a ten-year-long civil war (1996-2006) and subsequent ongoing political instability have contributed to the worsening economic and social situation. 

A response to “Skills for Employability in Africa and Asia”

Workforce Connections

In her response to Nicholas Burnett and Shubha Jayaram’s “Skills for Employability in Africa and Asia”, Youth Advisory Board member Michaella Munyuzangabo notes that while extra-curricular activities can be downplayed by teachers, especially in Africa, they can be very important in developing non-cognitive skills for students who will use them in the workplace.   Parents and students, employers, and school officials should rebrand extra-curricular activities, highlighting

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Global Youth Wellbeing Index: A Vietnam Case Study

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and International Youth Foundation (IYF)

Vietnam’s achievements in reducing poverty, boosting the economy, and creating early gains in youth development make it a real success story. Yet according to the report you are about to read, that trajectory of growth and development can only be sustained with more targeted investments in the country’s younger generation—in such areas as marketable skills training, expanded civic engagement opportunities, and attention to the specific challenges facing Vietnamese young women.

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Zhang's Decision: Life Skills in Action at a Chinese Vocational School

International Youth Foundation

Originally posted by International Youth Foundation

"Now, do you agree with Zhang’s decision?"

I’m facing the white board at the front of the classroom, and behind me a straight line of quietly whispering students in matching blue and orange uniforms stretches out to the far wall.