The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
2015 was a year for global progress in development policy. The ratification of the Paris Agreement marked the first unified, global effort to set targets to combat climate change. In 2015, UN member states also agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 17 universal targets that will guide policies, investments, and political agendas across the globe. The SDGs explicitly focus on economic development and reducing inequality, as well as specific sectors like energy, water, and agriculture.
The MasterCard Foundation
The MasterCard Foundation Youth Think Tank is a research group made up of young people who are recruited to conduct research in their communities, make recommendations based on their findings, and advise the Foundation. The 2015-2016 Youth Think Tank conducted research into economic opportunities for youth in East Africa and found that young people across the region face similar aspirations and challenges.
The report introduces 30 innovators, 21 featured with full stories, and nine ‘innovators to watch’. Case studies include innovations from Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. A couple of innovators who come from outside ACP but offer services in these regions are also featured. The publication is a collection of life stories of interest to aspiring agri-tech entrepreneurs from all countries. Featured innovations include: how the innovation came about; what problems it addresses; how the innovations are implemented; impacts so far; the business model; challenges faced; strategies to address sustainability; and, the future outlook.
The Department for International Development’s Youth Agenda
We are in the midst of a unique youth bulge where 1.8 billion people are between the ages of 10-24. This is particularly acute in developing countries where 90% of all young people live, with 42% of them in DFID countries. At the Department for International Development we are committed to putting these young people at the heart of our work. Our programming will support young people to make successful transitions to adulthood, and we will work with young people as agents of social change and as passionate advocates seeking to shape and influence the world that they will inherit.
The Brookings Institution
Millions Learning: Scaling up quality education in developing countries tells the story of where and how quality education has scaled in low- and middle-income countries. The story emerges from wide-ranging research on scaling and learning, including 14 in-depth case studies from around the globe. Ultimately, Millions Learning finds that from the slums of New Delhi to the rainforest in Brazil, transformational change in children’s learning is happening at large scale in many places around the world. We find that successful scaling of quality learning often occurs when new approaches and ideas are allowed to develop and grow on the margins and then spread to reach many more children and youth.
We can use digitization along with the Internet of Everything (IoE) to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems— water scarcity, hunger, income inequality, environmental degradation, poverty, migration… and unemployment. Yet, with the wealth of opportunity digitization can bring, we live in a world of complex global challenges that deeply impact our society—from climate change to health and economic challenges. The challenge of unemployment looms large, especially among youth with an unemployment rate that is practically three times higher than that of adults.
Barclays, CARE International UK, Plan UK
Banking on Change is currently one of the largest programmes working with youth savings groups (YSGs). In Phase 1 of the programme, from 2009 to 2012, the focus was on savings groups more broadly; in Phase 2 we have focused on YSGs in Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Between June 2013 and December 2015 the programme established 11,725 YSGs with over 245,000 members, of whom 132,000 are under 25 and two-thirds are women.
Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE)
This report shows the current responses to youth employment issues are disproportionate and disjointed, and all too often ill informed. Without a renewed sense of purpose and action from us all, our good intentions outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will ultimately wither—and a generation will be lost. However, this report notes that—for the first time—we have clear evidence that investments in youth employment pay off.
Making Cents International, Silatech, IFAD
Rural youth in developing countries make up a large and vulnerable group. Globally, three quarters of the poor live in rural areas, and about one-half of this population is young people. This young and growing population confronts a number of challenges, including poor quality of education, lack of basic infrastructure, lack of access to or control of sufficient land for farming, and, for girls in particular, more traditional cultural norms, which severely hinder their ability to build sustainable livelihoods.
RTI International developed this tool for mapping complex workforce development systems and diagnosing their performance from a stakeholder perspective. RTI intentionally took an “institutionally agnostic” approach to this mapping, choosing to focus on functions and processes rather than certain institutions or individuals. RTI has piloted the tool in several regions and is now in the process of revising the data collection approach and the conceptual model.