Economic Empowerment

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.     

Paving the Way for Post-2015: Unlocking Public and Private Finance Solutions

2014 was a transitional year for development. As countries make a final push toward the Millennium Development Goals while negotiating a new development framework, UNCDF has been an active participant on both fronts.

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Event Resources: Economic Strengthening for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: A Learning Symposium

On May 6th, 2015, industry leaders met for a stock-taking discussion on Economic Strengthening for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. The event was jointly organized by The SEEP Network and the International Rescue Committee as part of the Accelerated Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project, led by FHI 360 in a consortium of 20 members, working to promote evidence-based state-of-the-art approaches to promote high quality economic strengthening programs for orphans and vulnerable children.

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Shattering Stereotypes: Nontraditional Job Paths for Young Women

This resource kit was put together to provide references and easy-to-use tools and resources for participants in the “Shattering Stereotypes Learning Exchange on Nontraditional Jobs for Young Women”. This learning exchange, which took place in January 2015, brought together select EMpower grantee partners and other experts working to position and prepare girls and young women for jobs usually reserved for males.

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Jobs or Privileges: Unleashing the Employment Potential of the Middle East and North Africa

This report shows that in MENA, policies that lower competition and create an unleveled playing field abound and constrain private sector job creation.

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Atlas Corps January Fellowship

Atlas Corps is an overseas fellowship for the world's best nonprofit leaders. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. The Atlas Corps Fellowship lasts 6-18 months and is offered three times a year.

African Microfinance Week

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
ADA, Africa Microfinance Network (AFMIN), African Microfinance Transparency (AMT), Microfinance African Institutions Network
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Jun 29, 2015 (All day) to Jul 3, 2015 (All day)

The African Microfinance Week (= Semaine Africaine de la Microfinance in french = SAM) is an annual conference open to all microfinance practitioners, related sectors and actors of inclusive finance. The conference is dedicated to bringing together these key players to discuss the future of microfinance, the financing of microfinance institutions and partnerships between regional and continental networks.  

YSEALI Seeds for the Future

Are you between the ages of 18 and 35? Are you from one of the ten ASEAN member countries? Got an innovative idea to increase youth civic engagement, foster economic development, improve education, or safeguard the environment? Read on to find out how to apply for a YSEALI Seeds for the Future grant and turn your great idea into reality. 

Celebrating Young African Women Entrepreneurs and Mentors During Global Money Week

Originally published by Camfed on March 11, 2015.

The young leaders of CAMA, Camfed’s alumnae association, are showing their communities and nations how a little bit of money can go a long way when young women have access to a quality education, and the opportunity to grow their ideas and share their knowledge.


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