Seeking Youth Representative for the Workforce Connections Advisory Board - Apply by June 13


Workforce Connections seeks a youth representative for its Advisory Board – a group of thought leaders that will set research priorities, leverage funding for research, and provide links to key actors in WFD arena – in order to advance thinking on key technical themes for the field of international youth workforce development.


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.

Customer-Centricity for Financial Inclusion: Why It Matters

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), Microlinks, USAID
Event Date: 
Aug 7, 2014 (09:00am to 10:30am)

Customer-centricity is about providing solutions based on a deep understanding of customer needs, preferences, and behaviors. This approach takes the idea of financial inclusion one step further and requires more than just good intentions to be effective. It can often involve a complete overhaul in a service providers operations and behaviors. But the journey to customer-focused products and services is vital as it can add value to the lives of the world’s most vulnerable by helping them meet daily needs, achieve personal and business goals, and build resistance against market shocks.

Change that Matters: Learning from our Partnerships

The MasterCard Foundation has been dedicated to learning as an organization since our first partnership in 2008.  It is in this spirit that we are proud to share Change that Matters: Learning from our Partnerships. Informed by evaluations, research and the expertise of our partners and staff, this report provides a narrative introduction to our work by summarizing key learning from our first six years as a philanthropic organization.

Some insights highlighted in the report include:

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The Value of Higher Education in Development: A Conversation with 2014 YALI Washington Fellows on Education and Youth Entrepreneurship

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development
Event Date: 
Jul 29, 2014 (05:00pm to 06:30pm)

In June 2014, 500 young African leaders demonstrating exemplary entrepreneurial and civic leadership arrived in Washington D.C. to participate in the first ever Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship, a six-week academic and training program that seeks to prepare the next generation of African leaders for the 21st century, which will culminate with a three-day Presidential Summit for Washington Fellows on July 28.

Analyzing the Business Case for Youth Savings

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

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.

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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SAGE World Cup 2014

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE)
Event Date: 
Aug 8, 2014 (All day) to Aug 13, 2014 (All day)

The 2014 SAGE World Cup will be taking place in Moscow, Russia from August 8-13. 

Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the late Nelson Mandela, will attend the SAGE World Cup 2014 in Moscow Russia on August 8-12. He will serve as the keynote speaker at the Awards Ceremony on August 11. Currently, a total of 16 country delegations will travel to Moscow to determine who will be this year's SAGE champion. At least three more countries will be attending as observers.

Technology, teaching and learning – What can we learn from the evidence?

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Tech Salon London
Event Date: 
Jul 25, 2014 (08:30am to 10:30am)

In August, the Department for International Development (DFID) will publish a new evidence paper exploring the relationship between education technology, teaching and learning in low and lower-middle income countries. Based on a review of over 80 studies, this paper aims to inform governments, NGOs, donors, the private sector and schools about how to use technology in schools by learning from the evidence.


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