OP-ED: Why Is Technology Skills Training Critical to Low-Income Youth Now?

Originally posted on, September 22, 2014.

ARTICLE: Recognising the economic contribution of women isn't feminism, it's fact

Despite the role that girls and women play in driving economic growth being widely acknowledged, it seems in practice, development programmes haven’t kept pace.

BLOG: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity for Youth

According to the recently released United Nations report (“World Urbanization Prospects”), more than half of humanity now lives in cities. Today, 54% of the world’s population, 3.9 billion people, resides in urban areas, compared to only 30% back in 1950. The report predicts that cities will add an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, with nearly 90% of this increase happening in Asia and Africa.

BLOG: Workforce Development: A shift into high gear

This year’s Workforce Development Track of the Making Cents conference saw more than a tenfold increase in proposal submissions and will feature a record number of panelists across nine distinct workforce themed panels. The lineup of proposals and participants provides terrific insight into the range and diversity of workforce issues that the development community and countries at large are grappling with, including public private partnerships, work-based learning interventions, soft-skills measurement, technology applications, career development practices and mentorship programs.     

Five Steps to More Meaningful Youth Engagement

My name is Matthew French and I work for JBS International, Inc. This blog draws upon research conducted under contract with USAID’s office of Education (read the full youth engagement report here), as well as my own experiences working with young people.

UN Habitat Urban Youth Fund Applications

UN-Habitat launches call for Urban Youth Fund applications

Online Consultations for the UNESCO Youth Forum

Online consultations for the UNESCO Youth Forum have begun!

Mobile4Change Challenge

Do you want to contribute innovative solutions that promote the social wellbeing of youth and women? Join the challenge

#UNDP4YOUTH Webinar Series

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
United Nations
Event Date: 
Apr 2, 2015 (09:00am)

United Nations Development Programme is launching its brand new #UNDP4YOUTH Webinar Series!

Coalition for Adolescent Girls Quarterly Webinar

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Coalition for Adolescent Girls
Event Date: 
Apr 7, 2015 (10:00am)

Please join the Coalition for Adolescent Girls for a quarterly webinar featuring news and updates from CAG members as well as a presentation from Amy Spindler, Adolescent Girl and Youth Advisor at Mercy Corps. Ms. Spindler will focus on the effective integration of adolescent girls into multi-sectoral programs and present a case study from a Mercy Corps DFAP program in Niger.


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