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The Nightmare of Youth Unemployment and How to Fight It

Originally posted on the Huffington Post on March 3, 2015

Youth economic development programs: A formula for success

Originally published by Devex on March 16, 2015. 

How data could help Tanzania's young informal workers

Tanzania is facing a youth unemployment crisis. The World Bank has reported that around 900,000 young people enter the country’s job market annually, but only 50,000 to 60,000 formal sector jobs are created each year. With more than 66 percent of the population under 25, this job shortage will keep rising.

Bridging the Hope Gap: Why Life Skills Matter

Originally published by the Huffington Post on March 19, 2015.

People ask me all the time, how do today's young people, especially those living in the most chaotic and violent regions of the world, find the strength to overcome the enormous challenges and disappointments in their lives? How do they regain their balance, build up their confidence, and imagine a brighter future? There are no simple answers, of course. But we do know programs that give young men and women a sense of empowerment and hope are making a real difference in lives and communities everywhere.

Envisioning agriculture as a business for youth in Africa

Originally published by Devex on March 18, 2015.

Agriculture is the single-largest source of income for rural Africans and contributes to a quarter of the continent’s gross domestic product. The sector occupies more than 70 percent of the labor force in Africa’s low-income countries and contributes to food security and poverty reduction.

Ways out of the global youth unemployment crisis

Originally published on Devex on March 16, 2015.

Yimesgen Messifant never imagined that, at age 27, he’d be unemployed, living with his parents. The Addis Ababa native knew that finding good work would be tough. The unemployment rate among young people in the Ethiopian capital hovers around 20 percent and many in their 20s and early 30s find it hard to secure skilled or even unskilled work.

But Messifant thought he was different.

Catalyzing the Power of Africa’s Youth: Recommendations for Youth Entrepreneurship Promotion 2.0

Originally Published on Next Billion on March 4, 2015.

Africa is witnessing a powerful trend that is expected to double by 2045: A growing young generation that now stands at 200 million people aged between 15–24 is creating the youngest continent[1] on Earth. But with a labor market that does not provide many opportunities for wage employment, Africa’s youth are taking matters into their own hands by exploring entrepreneurship.

The Business Case for Private-Sector Involvement in Youth Mentoring

Originally posted by the Huffington Post on February 18, 2015.

This post was co-authored by David B. Shapiro, President and CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and Nancy Altobello, Global Vice Chair, Talent, EY.

Celebrating Young African Women Entrepreneurs and Mentors During Global Money Week

Originally published by Camfed on March 11, 2015.

The young leaders of CAMA, Camfed’s alumnae association, are showing their communities and nations how a little bit of money can go a long way when young women have access to a quality education, and the opportunity to grow their ideas and share their knowledge.

6 Youth-Focused Career Paths

Originally posted by Devex on March 10, 2015.

In March, Devex launched #YouthWill, an online conversation celebrating the importance of youth as agents of change in global development.

Engaging youth is essential to winning the battle against global poverty. Half of the world’s 6.3 billion people are under the age of 25, with 85 percent of young people living in developing countries. Issues like HIV, AIDS and unemployment disproportionately affect youth, creating enormous obstacles for progress in much of the world.

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