Exploring the Business Case for Youth Savings #2: Tipping the scale for youth savings accounts in Ecuador

Freedom from Hunger

This article is the second installment in the blog series, Exploring the Business Case of Youth Savings. The series  presents views on the business case for youth inclusive financial services. You will hear from financial service practitioners, policy-makers, and advocates from around the world. 

Making Cents International’s 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference Program and “State of the Field” Publication Now Available

Making Cents International

The 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference program is now available for you to review.  The 2013 event will contain two Spotlights: "Opportunities for Rural Youth"focuses on how to support youth in rural areas. "Power of Technology" showcases how to utilize technology in your programming. The conference will take place September 10-12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Click here to view the interactive program. The 2013 “State of the Field” Publication is also available online. Click here to access the latest publication. 

Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference

Making Cents International's Collaborative Learning and Action
Sep 10, 2013 (All day) to Sep 12, 2013 (All day)

The annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference is the premier learning event for practitioners, policy-makers, funders, private sector companies, technical assistance providers, researchers, educators, government representatives, and youth leaders working to increase economic opportunities for young people.


Market-Driven Youth Programs and the Bottom Line

SEEP, USAID, Fundacion Paraguaya, Partners of the Americas

This paper discusses the youth-workforce development programs of Fundación Paraguaya and Partners of the Americas, and explores their experiences implementing income generating activities to help ensure market orientation and improve the ability of trainees to find employment.

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Case Study

When it comes to Youth Employability, “One-Sized Approaches” DO NOT fit All

Creative Associates International

When it comes to Youth Employability, “One-Sized Approaches” DO NOT fit All was presented under the Workforce Development Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Using cases for El Salvador, Mozambique, and Brazil, a model for holistic programming that uses proven approaches and activities that enable youth to transform their lives, create positive futures and positively influence the larger social, economic and political environment is discussed.

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Evaluating Youth Financial Capability Projects: Lessons from YouthSave


Evaluating Youth Financial Capability Projects: Lessons from YouthSave was presented under the Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. How using different data collection methods can promote rich learning to improve economic empowerment projects for youth is discussed. 

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Exploring Youth Financial Services: The Case of Pro Mujer in Bolivia

Pro Mujer

This case study details the Youth Solidarity Group program in Bolivia which consists of 4-6 young people ranging in age from 14-23 years. These young people receive one week of specialized pre-credit training, which includes a business practicum as well as business planning exercises. Once youth have completed the training, they are then inserted into a Pro Mujer adult communal bank, a group of 20-30 women who receive loans and training as a group, and function within the existing Pro Mujer branch infrastructure.

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Case Study

Microfinance and the “Next Generation” The FINCA Aflatoun Curriculum Implemented in an MFI Setting

FINCA Peru and Aflatoun

Aflatoun undertook this case study for two primary reasons: 1) to examine the implications of implementing the Aflatoun program, typically used in classrooms, in a non-formal setting, and 2) to stress any correlations between the Aflatoun curriculum’s success and its setting in an MFI.

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Girls and Their Money: Strategies for Promoting Savings, Financial Education and Social Support for Adolescent Girls in Low-Income Countries

Microfinance Opportunities (MFO)

As part of the Nike Foundation’s global initiative to empower adolescent girls, Microfinance Opportunities and three grantee organizations together designed and tested an innovative programming model that combines financial education, savings, and social support. The underlying idea is that by combining financial education with savings mechanisms and social support, girls will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to manage money well, and gain the ability and opportunity to apply this knowledge in the real world. They also will build social and economic assets that enable girls to reduce risks and take advantage of opportunities now and in the future.

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