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The Business Case for Youth Savings

With almost half the world's population today under the age of 25, youth finance represents a largely untapped business opportunity. Despite this potential, there are surprisingly few examples of providing youth savings in a profitable manner. Few financial service providers, especially in developing countries with large young populations, target youth specifically as a segment.

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) -- NAMA Funding for Low-Carbon Development

Germany's BMU is a partner of the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change in establishing the NAMA Facility to address climate change (promotion of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions). The Facility announces its second call for project proposals from national governments and qualified delivery organizations in developing and emerging economies. The NAMA Facility has no regional or sectoral focus, and it is open to fund NAMAs across a range of countries and sectors. The deadline for concept outlines (i.e., preliminary proposals) is 15 July 2014.

Blogs

Analyzing the Business Case for Youth Savings

This blog was originally posted on CGAP.org on July 21, 2014.

The Key to Growth & Progress in Latin America: Young Entrepreneurs

Back in the 90’s, a vast majority of parents and guardians in Latin America would look down on their children if they decided to opt to become an entrepreneur instead of pursuing a career or enrolling in a University. They would think that their children had a lack of motivation for studying or they were simply not smart enough or too lazy to complete a degree.

Skills for Youth Employment: How and for Whom?

R4D recently hosted a panel discussion about the skills that students in developing countries need to excel in the labor market, along with innovative models for delivering those skills at the secondary level. The conversation covered macro issues (for instance, how to scale, how to engage policymakers, how to move successful pilots into the hands of local governments) and the precise skills that youth should acquire to meet the needs of employers.