Bootcamp: Africa Farm to Fork Entrepreneurial Bootcamp, June 2016

Diaspora Angel Investment Network (DAIN), NativSol Kitchen, and Mansa Colabs in partnership with Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA).

The Africa Farm to Fork Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (#AfricaFarm2Fork) is the first-ever one day bootcampoffered exclusively by the Diaspora Angel Investment Network (DAIN),NativSol Kitchen, and Mansa Colabs in partnership with Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA)In this experiential boot camp, we will help you build sustainable businesses while helping the community. Guided by your bootcamp coaches, you will gain concrete skills of creating a business with insight from industry experts addressing visual modelling, organic agriculture, co-packing, functional foods, nutritional value of foods, and fair trade.

Consultancy: Financial Capability and Entrepreneurship Training for Adolescent Girls

FHI 360

Under the umbrella of the DREAMS Initiative of the US Government’s PEPFAR support in Kenya, ASPIRES is organizing short-term technical assistance for experts in the delivery of training and follow-on support in two areas: financial capabilities and entrepreneurship. The Training of Trainers for each topic will be delivered to 10 local implementing partners who are serving the DREAMS target population of adolescent girls and young women ages 10-24 who are HIV-vulnerable in Nairobi and Kisumu (Western) province.

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FELLOWSHIP: MSA LEAD Program to Support and Celebrate South Africa's Young Leaders, May 2016

International Youth Foundation, Monash South Africa (MSA) and Laureate International Universities

MSA LEAD is the newest member of IYF’s YouthActionNet® Global Network of 23 youth leadership institutes around the world. Monash South Africa is one of 15 Laureate International Universities involved in this initiative. The 10 inaugural MSA LEAD Fellows will benefit from a week of intensive training in leadership and management skills, along with ongoing learning opportunities. Each will be paired with a mentor from the business or nonprofit community and receive funding to support their work.


BLOG: Soft Skills, Hard Work, and Cake, May 2016

International Youth Foundation

A few months ago, when IYF’s job placement team in Morocco secured a position for the 900th young person, they celebrated with a cake, a small Alice in Wonderland-style gâteau with the number 900 written on the top. Then, two weeks later, they found jobs for another 100 young people. So, what to do—buy another cake? I can think of harder decisions. And besides, our intrepid Emploi Habilité team, Hicham, Loubna, and Jawad, didn’t achieve those results by resting on their laurels. They did so through a deliberate strategy based on persistence, creativity, and smarts. The result? The initiative is now rounding out its final months at full steam, with over 1,700 young people hired into decent jobs, and counting.

BLOG: 4 Ways to Drive Youth Economic Opportunities in Indonesia, May 2016

International Youth Foundation

For me, getting the numbers right—particularly when they are measuring young people’s wellbeing—is critically important to how we shape meaningful youth development programs and strategies. Unfortunately, statistics around youth employment, perhaps the most significant indicator of whether a young person will lead a productive and successful life, may not paint an accurate or complete picture. Take this recent headline: Unemployment Rate in Indonesia Falls to 5.5% of Labor Force. It sounds like good news, but then I read on and learned that Indonesia officially defines a person as “employed” if he or she is older than 15 and works at least one hour per week. Even the writer acknowledged that this “rather loose definition” of employment made Indonesia’s jobless rate—for young and old—artificially low.

BLOG: How Coca-Cola’s Workforce Development and Training Offers Opportunity for Brazilian Youth, May 2016

Coca-Cola Brazil

FSG partnered with Coca-Cola Brazil to drive greater adoption of shared value within the company. FSG developed a company-wide vision, guiding principles, and a strategy for shared value, identifying 6 strategic priority areas ripe with potential to create significant business and social impact. Operating in 126 sites and reaching 60,000 young people across the country, Coletivo is one of Coca-Cola Brazil’s flagship shared value programs, which strengthens the business by advancing the economic and social conditions in the communities in which Coca-Cola operates. In 2014, Coca-Cola Brazil partnered with FSG to identify opportunities to increase the business and social impact of Coletivo and assess other opportunities to create shared value.