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Contest: How to Promote Inclusive Development in Agriculture, Energy, and Tourism in Senegal, June 2016

The World Bank

Are you a Senegalese university student between the ages of 18 to 30 years old? If so, the World Bank wants you to have your say on some of the most pressing development challenges in your country. The World Bank office in Senegal invites you to share your ideas for how to boost inclusive development in one of the following areas: agriculture, energy, or tourism. Enter the #Blog4Dev contest and you could win a two month youth project monitor position at the World Bank office in Dakar! 

FELLOWSHIP: Overseas Fellowship with Atlas Corps, June 2016

Atlas Corps

Atlas Corps seeks nonprofit/NGO professionals from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the U.S. Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance.

FELLOWSHIP: Summer Coaching Fellowship, June 2016

The Coaching Fellowship

Applications are open for the SUMMER 2016 Coaching Fellowship. This is the  7th program, and once again organizers are thrilled to be providing coaching opportunities to 50 of the most extraordinary young women leaders (aged 25–35) in the world of social impact. If you are chosen as a Fellow, you will receive 3 months of personalized 1:1 coaching with an experienced and certified coach. Furthermore, in addition to coaching, you will join an alumni of more than 300 women leaders from 37 countries united in supporting one another to create change.

Blogs

BLOG: Youth, Agriculture and Inclusive Development in Africa, May 2016

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This post is a response to the expert contribution ‘Passionate youth for agricultural development’, which is based on the policy dialogue between Dutch policymakers, knowledge institutes and NGOs on effective approaches to empower youth in agribusiness. The discussion appears to be premised on the assumption that rural Africa’s youth constitute a distinct socio-economic demographic that is particularly affected by unequal economic growth and income disparities. To support this argument, the article cites ‘barriers’ that prevent youth from effectively engaging in agriculture. Consequently, it proposes specific interventions to empower youth, within the new policy agenda of ‘inclusive development’. 

BLOG: Skills Training and Economic Restructuring to Create Jobs for Young People in Africa

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Africa is a ‘youthful’ continent. In 2015, the number of African youth aged 15–24 years was estimated at 229.6 million, or 19.4% of the total population, with the 486 million children under 15 years making up another 40.9%. Moreover, unlike in other parts of the world where youth populations have plateaued or are in decline, the proportion of youth in Africa is expected to continue to rise in the coming decade. Thus, if only because of their numerical strength, young people’s choices, opportunities and challenges will be crucial in shaping the future of their countries. 

BLOG: Youth Entrepreneurship for Africa’s Transformation, May 2016

Your Commonwealth

“What Africa becomes tomorrow depends on how it harnesses the potential of young people today,” said Eric Shitindi, Permanent Secretary of the United Republic of Tanzania, as he officially opened a technical workshop on youth entrepreneurship, organised in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Labour Organisation, and UNCTAD. Held in Dar es Salaam, the initiative aims to support Commonwealth member states in East Africa to develop national youth entrepreneurship frameworks and polices. Delegations from Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia were present.