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BLOG: Youth in Development: 'We're Tired of Being The Topic, Not The Leaders'

The Guardian

Young people are already spearheading the social entrepreneurial movement across the world. My own first venture, which worked on rural solar/biomass-based electricity generation, was launched when I was 19. I faced some difficulties initially due to being patronised, and working with government officials and even private sector leaders was challenging. There are currently two ways the sector talks about young people – as the beneficiaries of “youth development” or as participants of “youth-led development” but a lot of the time it’s not clear whether as a group we’re being portrayed as the problem or the solution.

BLOG: Social Change Through Transformational Leadership, August 2016

The MasterCard Foundation

Today’s youth have a truly revolutionary outlook on the world of work. They are ‘transformational leaders‘ who have an unique view that is firmly entrenched in the belief that anyone can make meaningful change in society over time. Young men and women are becoming active social entrepreneurs or joining start-ups, as well as taking roles in businesses, government, and civil society organizations to help transform them from the inside out.

BLOG: International Youth Day 2016: What do Rural Youth Want?

UN Blog Spot

Did you know that the world will need to feed two billion more people by 2050? Or that farmer populations in developing countries are ageing rapidly (the average age of farmers is about 60)? There are 1.2 billion young people living in developing countries and many of them could become the world’s next farmers and food producers.The only problem? Few rural youth see a future for themselves in agriculture. And in the world's poorest countries, opportunities for youth are often limited or non-existent, leaving them marginalized economically, socially and politically. 

BLOG: Youth and Agriculture – Eradicating Rural Poverty, August 2016

Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a new sustainable development agenda entitled Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda contains 17 goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being in a sustainable manner, with a special focus on youth. One important aspect of the Agenda is that the negotiation process on the Sustainable Development Goals involved the unprecedented participation of civil society and other stakeholders.

BLOG: How to Inspire the Next Generation of Farmers, August 2016

Feed the Future

The global population is expected to reach over 9 billion by 2050, with an estimated 6 people out of 10 living in cities. With such a big population to feed, who will produce our food and ensure that everyone has enough to eat? Engaging youth in agriculture has become one of the hot topics of development for this very reason: youth are the future of agriculture. Yet many of them think of agriculture as a hard job without economic rewards or career advancement and they prefer to move to cities looking for better opportunities.

BLOG: Youth Paving the Road to 2030, August 2016

The World Bank

Young people are up to 4 times more likely to be unemployed than adults. And, even when they find work, it is more often insecure or in the informal economy where pay is low, conditions variable, and benefits non-existent.  The ILO estimates that nearly a third of youth who are employed are still poor, living below $4 a day. Young women are often at a disadvantage with prospects further marred by educational, social, and institutional constraints: as many as 85% percent of young women in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa regions are working in vulnerable employment.  

BLOG: Statement by the President on International Youth Day, August 2016

The White House

Today, on International Youth Day, we celebrate the potential and power of young people to shape the future of our increasingly interconnected world. With over half of the global population under the age of 30, young generations will find the solutions to some of our toughest global challenges. The United States is committed to providing opportunity for young people to ensure they are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also change agents today.

BLOG: Empowering the Youth in Sri Lanka and Increasing their Contribution to Economic Development, August 2016

United Nations Development Programme

As a growing economy, Sri Lanka needs to focus more on service sector involvement. Higher involvement in the service sector will enable the economy to improve in every factor, for example in employment opportunities, higher disposable income etc. For the growth of the Sri Lankan economy, the youth of the country needs to contribute to this higher involvement. This is currently not the case (NHDR 2014). Youth who are based in the North, North Central and Eastern Provinces, are contributing at a low level to economic development in the service sector. If policy developers can develop a solution to empower and enlighten the youth, their contribution would be higher.

BLOG: Sowing the Seeds of a Green Revolution, August 2016

United Nations Development Programme

Each year, more than 100,000 new jobseekers enter the already saturated job market. In Benin, 70 percent of people between 15 and 29 years old are underemployed, and this age group accounts for approximately 60 percent of the active population. In response UNDP and the Government of Benin have implemented two projects. Business Promotion Centres (BPCs) train and advise young entrepreneurs on starting their own businesses and participating in job-creating and income-generating activities, while the project to promote agricultural entrepreneurship introduces young people to organic farming, agri-food processing and the management of natural resources.

BLOG: A Call to Empower Youth, August 2016

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations is committed to working for and with youth. I appointed the first-ever UN Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, when he was 28 years old. We are working on the ground to ensure every young person has the education, health, employment and rights they deserve. Every year, the UN’s Economic and Social Council Youth Forum brings together senior government officials and young activists to discuss the most pressing global concerns. And the United Nations is partnering more and more with youth-led and youth-focused organizations to promote peace and development around the world. 

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