By Center for Financial Inclusion, May 10, 2013
How important are age group definitions? A rose by any other name? This blog at the Center for Financial Inclusion discusses the implications of how we define age groups. Emphasis should be made on developing services that reflect realities of your stakeholders, rather than definitions surrounding generalized life cycle transitions.
By Laura Meissner from The SEEP Network, Save the Children, USAID, 2009
This case study examines the challenges that Save the Children and Fondation Zakoura Micro-Crédit (Zakoura) faced in implementing a USAID-funded financial services program for youth. It examines the institutional, local market, and programmatic difficulties encountered.
From 2006–2009, Save the Children and Zakoura partnered to implement a youth financial services and livelihoods promotion project called Linking Youth with Knowledge and Opportunities in Microfinance (LYKOM). The program included financial and business literacy training, savings promotion, and access to credit for youth businesses. LYKOM faced many program level challenges in areas such as human resources, institutional frustrations, partnership, communication, and the enabling environment. Lessons learned about youth financial services include:
Entrepreneurship training is important for many, but not all youth;
Young people need support in developing realistic goals and growth plans;
Family engagement is critical;
MFIs may need to adjust staffing structures to effectively provide youth services;
Young people need more than an MFI can provide.
By Nora Ourabah Haddad from IFAD, FAO, 2012
This issue brief prepared jointly by the FAO and IFAD looks at challenges and success of youth participation in cooperatives.
By Paul Bennell from IFAD, Dec, 2010
This paper reviews the situation of rural youth in developing countries and presents options for improving their livelihoods in the face of the many growing challenges they face. The main geographical focus is sub-Saharan Africa and the Near East and North Africa.
By Margot Lobbezoo and Liz Betser from 360° Responsibility; SPARK, Mar 7, 2013
This case study details a large part of SPARK’s work in the Western Balkans during the years 2006-2010. SPARK is a young, enthusiastic development organisation focusing on building the capacity of partner organisations in fragile states so they can develop entrepreneurship amongst youth. This should lead to new enterprises and growth of existing enterprises. In five countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro) SPARK has set up Business Start-up Centres (BSCs) with the aid of local civil society stakeholders such as municipalities, universities, chambers of commerce, business associations and other relevant parties. More than 10,000 youth followed business skills training, ranging from administrative courses to business plan writing, leading to improvaed participant business skills. Read the case study to discover the key lessons learned.
By Obed Diener, Whitney Moret, Diana Rutherford from FHI360; USAID, Mar, 2013
By Kehler, M.L., Sanabria, L.F. & Teeple, P. from SEEP, USAID, Fundacion Paraguaya, Partners of the Americas, 2013
This paper discusses the youth-workforce development programs of Fundación Paraguaya and Partners of the Americas, and explores their experiences implementing income generating activities to help ensure market orientation and improve the ability of trainees to find employment.
By Internatioal Training Center - ILO , Apr 3, 2013 04:10pm
The main objective of the Academy on Youth Development is to support the on-going development and implementation of policies and programmes that respond to youth needs in four core areas: (i) youth employment and entrepreneurship; (ii) education and training; (iii) health, including sexual and reproductive health; and (iv) participation and civic engagement.
By Making Cents International from Making Cents International, Mar 27, 2013
In a mid-March Youth Financial Inclusion Workshop for the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region, organized by Silatech and CGAP, participants debated how to respond to staggeringly low financial inclusion among youth ages 15-24, a population that hold financial accounts at less than half the rate of the developing economy average. Discussion centered on the value of efforts to expand and target youth access. Tim Nourse, of Making Cents International, shared the emerging recommendations that respond to the debate.
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