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How to inspire a generation of farming entrepreneurs: A new report outlines how Africa's youth can find employment in agriculture without getting their hands dirty

When we talk about African development, there is a belief that its booming population can only equal crisis. By 2040, Africa's workforce could be one billion strong, so finding jobs for this young population should be at the forefront of government agenda. This challenge is coupled with Africa's increasing demand for varied and nutritious foods.

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Article

The Business Case for Youth Savings: A Framework

This paper begins by offering a framework for understanding how different influences or “levers” affect costs and revenues and uses examples to explain how the framework can be applied as a decision-making tool. It then uses three brief case studies (Bank of Kathmandu [BoK] in Nepal, XacBank in Mongolia, and Sparkassen in Germany) to illustrate the many influences that determine a business case. Finally, it offers suggestions for practitioners and policy makers.

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Report

Strengthening Recovery in Central and Eastern Europe

This Regular Economic Report (RER) is a semiannual publication of the Europe and Central Asia Region, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department (ECA PREM), The World Bank. It covers economic developments, prospects, and policies in 11 European Union (EU) member states that joined after 2004 (excluding Cyprus and Malta) — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (North); the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the Slovak Republic, (Continental); and Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia (South). Throughout the RER, for simplicity, we refer to this group of eleven countries as the EU11.

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Report

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Video: Markus Goldstein Discusses Adolescent Girls' Empowerment

Watch Markus Goldstein, Senior Economist at the World Bank, speak about an adolescent girls' empowerment project in Uganda implemented by BRAC and the World Bank. The project focuses on providing four key elements: a safe social space for girls, life skills training, vocational training, and access to microfinance. In this video interview, Goldstein shares the promising results of rigorous impact evaluations that found that girls in the program are working more, earning more, and are 75 percent less likely to have had sex against their will.

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Youth and skills: Putting education to work

With just three years to go until the deadline for the Education for All goals that were set in Dakar, Senegal, it is vitally urgent to ensure that the collective commitments made by 164 countries in 2000 are met. Lessons also need to be drawn to inform the definition of future international education goals and the design of mechanisms to make sure that all partners live up to their promises.

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Report