Project Shakti - Life Skills Education for Out of School Adolescents

Urivi Vikram Charitable Trust

Shakti is a Hindi word, the literary meaning of which in English is Power. The objective of this project is to empower the dropouts and the under-achiever adolescents psychologically to make them well equipped in Life Skills. It is to motivate and reorient them towards a meaningful vocation, develop their personality and provide them guidance and support in vocational careers according to their aptitude and abilities. The methodology of training is participatory and primarily activity-based.

Innovations for Poverty Action and the Citi Foundation Launch Fund to Create Evidence on Financial Capability

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Citi Foundation

Innovations for Poverty Action and the Citi Foundation Launch Fund to Create Evidence on Financial Capability

Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund

Closing Date:

Oct 19, 2012

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Citi Foundation invite Expressions of Interest (EOI) submissions from teams of researchers and practitioners to conduct rigorous research on product design, incentives and product-linked financial education interventions aimed at improving the way low- to moderate-income individuals manage their money.  EOI applications are due Friday, October 19, 2012 by 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Loden Entrepreneurship Programme

The Loden Foundation

As thousands of educated young people leave school and college each year, Bhutan is facing an unprecedented problem of unemployment. The private sector is still a fledgling and the civil service is over-suscribed. With a money-oriented economy sweeping across the region, there is a need for a socially responsible and ethical entrepreneurial culture. LEP was launched in order to give a helping hand to hundreds of young people who are searching for guidance and support to create businesses and employment in the new economic climate.

The Intent

Entrepreneurship Program

Bangladesh Youth Enterprise Advice & Helpcentre (B'Yeah)

Many of the youths of Bangladesh have the potential to become entrepreneurs; yet very few do so, to a large extent due to a lack of a supportive environment for promoting entrepreneurial efforts of newcomers without experience or capital in Bangladesh. B’YEAH partners with major youth based organizations such The Hunger Project, NFYOB to reach out to these disadvantaged youths to promote sustainable young entrepreneurship as an alternative to paid employment.

Advice Line

Enterprise Network for Young Australians (ENYA)


ENYA runs a toll free advice line service for young people who need information on issues effecting youth enterprise. So, if you need advice on establishing a business or being in business please call 1300 136 921 and select OPTION 3 or email [email protected]

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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Broadening Girls’ Horizons: Effects of a Life Skills Education Program in Rural Uttar Pradesh

Population Council

This report assesses the extent to which a promising and extensively implemented life skills education program—the Better Life Options program for adolescent girls in India — can empower adolescent girls and address the vulnerabilities they face. In particular, the project sought to assess the extent to which participation in the intervention program enhanced girls’ awareness of sexual and reproductive health matters; built agency in terms of mobility, decision-making and sense of self-worth; fostered egalitarian gender role attitudes; developed vocational skills and future work aspirations; influenced perceptions about marriage and their ability to negotiate marriage-related decisions; and succeeded in delaying marriage and first pregnancy.

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Inclusion of Vietnamese with Disabilities Project

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

CRS Vietnam supports the growth of inclusive education by encouraging enrollment of children with disabilities in regular schools and training teachers on inclusive education methods. CRS has developed a comprehensive model of inclusive education, vocational training and job placement for children and youth with disabilities. In the current Inclusion of Vietnamese With Disabilities project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development through 2010, CRS works with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education to expand inclusive education practices.

Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescent Girls


The Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) programme started in 2008 and is already making a difference in the lives of vulnerable Ugandan teenage girls and young women. Organised into 690 clubs for 13 to 22 year olds, the programme provides a safe place for them to socialise and take part in group activities as well as a forum for life-skills training. Many of the older members who are out of school have taken training in income-generating skills. Near the end of 2009, some began receiving microfinance loans and have launched their own businesses.