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

Making Cents International

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

Making Cents International

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

JBS International, Inc.

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.

BLOG: Soft Skills, Hard Work, and Cake, May 2016

International Youth Foundation

A few months ago, when IYF’s job placement team in Morocco secured a position for the 900th young person, they celebrated with a cake, a small Alice in Wonderland-style gâteau with the number 900 written on the top. Then, two weeks later, they found jobs for another 100 young people. So, what to do—buy another cake? I can think of harder decisions. And besides, our intrepid Emploi Habilité team, Hicham, Loubna, and Jawad, didn’t achieve those results by resting on their laurels. They did so through a deliberate strategy based on persistence, creativity, and smarts. The result? The initiative is now rounding out its final months at full steam, with over 1,700 young people hired into decent jobs, and counting.

BLOG: Youth’s Passion and Ingenuity Bring Inspiration and Hope for the Future, May 2016

The World Bank

The five winners of the 2016 Blog4Dev highlighted inequality as one of the key issues impacting young people in Africa. Young people who have access to opportunities can afford better education but interestingly face strong pressure on who they should become - a doctor, an engineer -- professions that make their parents happy.  The less fortunate have to move from rural areas and cities in search for stability. They sometimes face harsh conditions, often working on low quality jobs, saving to send money to their families back home.  

HANDBOOK: National Youth Delegate Programme to the United Nations, May 2016

United Nations

Active youth participation at the United Nations is a critical contribution to successful international cooperation. The purpose of this handbook is to provide interested young people around the world with the information they need to approach their governments with the request to include youth voices in their national delegations to the United Nations. Being a part of the UNA movement provides opportunities for engagement with United Nations issues in your home countries and internationally. If you do not have a UNA in your country, we hope you will reach out to us and explore the possibility of establishing one

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BLOG: The Power of Networking Among Youths, May 2016

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)

Attracting around 70 participants from all over the world (15 countries) and key organisations working on youth in agriculture, the seminar raised many opportunities and challenges faced by youth in both “developed” and “developing” countries. Its main aim was to create a networking opportunity for those passionate about the topic of youth in agriculture to get inspired and exchange ideas. As we had strong links to the YPARD network, we could fly in José Carlos Martinez Hernandez from Reforestamos Mexico on very short notice to give a keynote speech at the seminar. 

BLOG: How do you Unlock the Immense Potential of Youth? April 2016

United Nation Development Program

Our latest Regional Human Development Report explores how countries can take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to build a better future for youth, boost economic success, and power human development. This region is home to about 670 million youth. But about 220 million of them -- of which disproportionately large shares are female -- are missing. They are neither studying nor working, and youth unemployment rates are on the rise. Nearly 300 million youth are underemployed in low-end or dead-end jobs. Trapped in low productivity and low paid jobs, they hover on the border of poverty.