Video Interview with Ben Shell, Women’s World Banking, Mongolia

Making Cents International

Ben Shell shares key lessons learned regarding the development of a youth savings product for girls between the ages of 7 and 24 in Mongolia. Specifically, Ben highlights the ways in which Women’s World Banking adapted their market research tools to be more youth friendly and the role that appropriate marketing plays when developing financial products for young people.

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Dalit Empowerment Centre (DSK)

Navsarjan Trus

Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK), a joint initiative of Navsarjan and Janvikas, is located in Village Nani Devti, about 30 kilometers from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was founded in July 1999, and was given its current name in 2003.  Several thousands of students have now completed courses at DSK.

Stabilization of Youth Through Providing Employment Opportunities (RISEN)


The project sought to provide viable employment opportunities to unemployed, conflict affected youth whilst encouraging leading national employers to expand industry into the North.


Regional Overview: The State of Youth in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations

This fact sheet was done as part of a series of fact sheets to support the International Year of Youth. It gives an overview of the state of youth in Asia and the Pacific, including education, employment, health, and participation in decision-making processes. It also includes a summary of the UN approach to youth in the region, as well as national efforts to create youth policies.

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Institutionalizing Youth Financial Services to Achieve Scale

SEEP Network, FINCA Uganda, Hatton National Bank

In this technical note, FINCA Uganda and Hatton National Bank Sri Lanka (HNB) explore key components and issues around the institutionalization of youth financial services, based on their individual experiences. Topics that are explored include key considerations, steps, and challenges of institutionalization. While some universal aspects of institutionalization are covered, this document primarily examines differences in institutionalizing youth financial products as opposed to financial products targeted to non-youth.

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Characterizing the school-to-work transitions of young men and women: Evidence from the ILO School-to-work transition surveys

International Labour Organization

The ILO is committed to helping Governments and social partners in identifying main employment issues and in designing and implementing integrated policy responses. As part of this work, the ILO seeks to enhance the capacity of national and local level institutions to undertake evidence-based analysis that feeds social dialogue and the policymaking process. To assist member States in building a knowledge base on youth employment that helps better and informed policy-making, the ILO has designed a methodology referred to as a “school-to-work transition survey” (SWTS).The SWTS was developed to quantify the relative ease or difficulty faced by young people in “transiting” to a job that meets the basic criteria of “decency”, namely a job that provides the worker with a sense of permanency, security and personal satisfaction.

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Financial Education for Urban Youth: The First Step to Poverty Eradication

Global Learn Asia Pacific

This paper discusses the impact of a workshop titled Finance for Youth: Financial Liberty through Financial Literacy, given under the UNESCO Participation Program for Biennium 2008-2009.The workshop was designed to empower a group of 33 youth from targeted low-income families in Malaysia

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The Role of Hatton National Bank in Creating Access to Financial Services for Youth in Sri Lanka

Hatton National Bank (HNB)

Originally published in 2009 and updated in August 2011, this case study explores the role that Hatton National Bank (HNB), a prominent commercial bank in Sri Lanka, has played in providing financial services in rural areas and to vulnerable populations. HNB focuses on serving the youth through two programs: 1) establishing Student Banking Centres in schools and 2) targeting youth in rural areas in their village microfinance programs to receive both financial and non-financial services.

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