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.     

Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity for Youth

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Citi Foundation and Making Cents International
Event Date: 
Nov 14, 2014 (10:00am to 02:00pm)
This event will convene expert stakeholders in a discussion on understanding and scaling up promising practices that will maximize the success of cities as drivers of economy opportunity for youth.

Review of Development Partner Support for African Union Youth Employment and Education Priorities

This report provides an overview of efforts of the African Union (AU) and its development partners to strengthen education in Africa, in the context of the urgent and growing youth employment challenge facing the Continent. It begins with an overview of the AU’s role, structure, and main strategic frameworks and priorities as they relate to youth employment and education.

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How to Close the Gender Gap? Use Technology

Originally posted on on October 24, 2014.

Recognising the Economic Contribution of Women Isn't Feminism, It's Fact

Many development programs do not sufficiently factor in gender. Here’s how to do things differently.

Despite the role that girls and women play in driving economic growth being widely acknowledged, it seems in practice, development programmers haven’t kept pace.

Going Mobile: Five Steps to Achieving Scale, Impact, and Sustainability in Youth Programming

From Asia to the Americas, mobile phone use is booming- especially among youth. But how-and when- will using mobiles in your youth workforce development projects contribute to your project's success? At the Workforce Development session "Going Mobile: Five Steps to Achieving Scale, Impact and Sustainability," at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Jacob Korenblum, CEO and Co-Founder of Souktel Inc., outlines 5 easy ways to incorporate mobile and web applications into livelihoods project design, along with providing key steps for evaluating these tech-based interventions.

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Rooms with a Viewpoint: Hospitality through the Lens of Shared Value

The concept of shared value, coined by Harvard professors Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer in 2011, is being discussed among businesses, governments and development practitioners alike as a way for businesses to increase financial returns while simultaneously delivering social and climate impact in the community. In other words, it is the new way of doing business responsibly.

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Case Study

Case Study: Shared Value and Socially Inclusive Hospitality in Jamaica

The Inter-American Development Bank partnered with public and private entities in Jamaica to build a new business hotel in the heart of Kingston. Through a shared value approach, the project surfaced employment for women-led SMEs and youth-at-risk. The objective of the project is for the Marriot to hire 5 percent of its labor force from local youth-at-risk as well as source fresh goods from up to 20 local SMEs, preferably women. While increasing the hotel's reputation, trust within the community will be built.

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Case Study


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