Economic Empowerment

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.


Kiva at Four

This essay is a sequel to the case titled “Kiva and the Birth of Person-to-Person Microfinance,” published by the author in Innovations (Winter/Spring 2007). Started by the author, Jessica Jackley Flannery and Moses Onyango in 2005, Kiva is an online lending platform that allows individuals in the developed world to loan to small businesspeople in the developing world. Kiva operates in the microfinance space and works with a growing network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in more than 40 countries.

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Kiva and the Birth of Person-to-Person Microfinance

Matt Flannery started Kiva in 2005 with his wife, Jessica. Kiva is an online lending platform that allows individuals in the developed world to loan to small business people in the developing world. Kiva operates in the microfinance space and works with a growing network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in more than thirty countries. Their MFI partners post the profiles of their loan applicants to the website. Internet users in the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond make small loans via PayPal to these businesses. The businesses pay the lenders back over a period of about a year.

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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.

Testing "What Works in Youth Employment”: Evaluating Kenya’s Ninaweza Program (Pt.1)

This report presents the findings of an impact evaluation conducted for the Ninaweza program in Kenya. The report discusses the effectiveness of this comprehensive employability skills program model, which focused on information and communication technologies and life skills training for young women living in Nairobi's informal settlements.

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Children and Economic Strengthening Programs: Maximizing Benefits and Minimizing Harm

This guide is designed for practitioners designing or implementing economic strengthening (ES) programs in low-income settings that are sensitive to the protection needs and well-being of vulnerable children. The guide provides an overview of key learning about how ES can achieve better outcomes and impacts for children aged 0-18, both within and outside of household care, whether the direct program beneficiaries are adults or adolescents (aged 10-18) themselves.

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Task Force on Livelihoods and Economic Strengthening: Three-Year Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan catalogs what the Task Force has achieved to date, and what we will do in the next 3 years, through the twin priorities of documenting the impact of livelihoods/economic strengthening interventions on child protection and well-being, and improving the understanding of effective means of implementation.

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MCON14: The Millenial Engagement Conference

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
The Case Foundation
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Jun 18, 2014 (10:15am) to Jun 19, 2014 (04:00pm)

The Case Foundation invites you to join us at MCON14—a special convening on Millennial engagement—June 18 and 19, 2014, at 9:00 AM CT via livestream (free).
Together, we’ll explore how this fearless generation is redefining issues in our communities, building movements to create change and using their talents and resources to inspire peers. You’ll also be one of the first to hear new findings from the 2014 Millennial Impact Report featuring insights on corporate engagement with the next generation.
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Innovations in quality apprenticeships for high-skilled manufacturing jobs in the United States

This paper investigates quality apprenticeship in three German companies (BMW, Siemens and Volkswagen) that initiated apprenticeship programmes in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee in the southern part of the U.S. The report highlights the strong involvement of the three companies and their active cooperation with community colleges and municipalities in training apprentices in mechatronics, an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanical and electrical engineering with a high content of computer skills and software knowledge.

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