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.     

How Can Children and Youth Become Financially Capable Adults?

Uganda has one of the highest primary school drop-out rates in the world. Though the country abolished most primary school fees in 1997, a recent UNICEF report found that 81% of parents cited financial constraints as the reason why their children dropped out of school. In a new op-ed in Uganda’s Daily Monitor, Oliver Schmidt points out:

BLOG: Where’s the Economic Opportunity for the World’s Youth: Findings from the Global Youth Wellbeing Index

Economic opportunity is a critical driver of individual and family security, and national growth, development and social progress. Harnessing the capacity of youth in particular, as producers and consumers, can be a boon to both national and the global economy alike. Yet around the world, youth in developed and emerging economies continue to face significant barriers to fulfill their economic promise and prospects.

Emerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled World

In Emerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled World, Michael Bamberger and Linda Raftree review how ICT-enabled technologies are already being applied in program monitoring and survey research, for example in youth workforce development and education programming. They also review areas where ICTs are starting to be applied in program evaluation and identify new areas in which new technologies can potentially be applied.

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Financial Literacy Summit: Improving Millenials' Financial Literacy with Mobile Technology

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, VISA
Event Date: 
Apr 15, 2015 (09:00am to 11:30am)

How can mobile technology improve financial literacy for today's young adults?

World Bank Youth Summit 2014: The Need for Open & Responsive Governments

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
The World Bank
Event Date: 
Oct 7, 2014 (All day)

The World Bank Group is hosting its second annual Youth Summit, in partnership with the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. This year's event will focus on increased youth engagement in issues relating to government transparency, accountability, and collaborative governance. The event is free of charge.


Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Clinton Global Initiative
Event Date: 
Sep 23, 2014 (04:15pm to 05:30pm)

Hosted by President Bill Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton, the 10th Annual Meeting will bring CGI members together under the 2014 theme of Reimagining Impact to facilitate the development of forward-thinking approaches that re-envision the way we impact the world.


  • Nicholas Kristof, Columnist and Author, The New York Times


YouthStart Connect

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Event Date: 
Sep 9, 2014 (All day) to Sep 11, 2014 (All day)


Partner Learning Event

Kigali, Rwanda, 9-11 September 2014



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