By Justin Sykes from Silatech, Sep 4, 2013
Justin Sykes is the Director of Microenterprise at Silatech (www.silatech.com) In providing financial and technical assistance to financial institution partners across the Middle East and North Africa, Silatech has developed a strong track record on youth products and services programs becoming the Arab region’s largest provider of youth focused programmatic support.
By Laura Munoz and Jules Théoneste Ndahayo from UNCDF and UMUTANGUHA Finance, Sep 4, 2013
My name is Jules Ndahayo and I have been the CEO of a Rwandan Credit union network since its inception in 2005, which is now being transformed into a microfinance company called “UMUTANGUHA Finance” (UF Ltd) to better serve its clientele. Over this time, I am proud to have witnessed how our member base grew to 59,000 depositors and 3,200 borrowers, with a strong focus on vulnerable and low income people. Sometimes people ask me where is UCU’s business case for serving youth.
By Martin Burt from Making Cents International, Sep 10, 2013
Martin Burt´s article on The “Poverty Stoplight” Approach to Eliminating Multidimensional Poverty: Business, Civil Society, and Government Working Together in Paraguay describes a practical methodology recently developed by Fundación Paraguaya. The tool allows poor families to self-diagnose their level of poverty as a first step in developing a personalized strategy to lift themselves permanently out of poverty.
By Innovations Journal, Sep 10, 2013
By Making Cents International, Jun 17, 2013
Making Cents International’s 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference Program and “State of the Field” Publication Now Available
Making Cents International's Collaborative Learning and Action
Sep 10, 2013 (All day) to Sep 12, 2013 (All day)
The annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference is the premier learning event for practitioners, policy-makers, funders, private sector companies, technical assistance providers, researchers, educators, government representatives, and youth leaders working to increase economic opportunities for young people.
By ILO, 2012
This call for action and resolution issued by the ILO succinctly states the dire circumstances facing global youth. Noting that nearly 75 million young people are out of work, 6 million gave up looking for work, and recognizing the long-term effects of youth unemployment and underemployment, the ILO issued this call for action in 2012.
By Elissa McCarter from Global Communities (CHF), 2012
How do we redefine investment in the Middle East? Political and and social changes in MENA offer a multitude of opportunities to address economic disparity and lack of opportunity, but those change must begin with investing in youth, to grow and create jobs for future generations. Moreover, creating enabling political, legal, and business environments will better address youth needs and increase financing. Following these suggestions, argues CHF, will create more opportunities for the entire populatio
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.
By Peter Kasprowicz & Elisabeth Rhyne from Center for Financial Inclusion , Jan, 2013
This report is the first from Financial Inclusion 2020's Mapping the Invisible Market project, which examines major trends that are instrumental in the world achieving full financial inclusion by the year 2020. The report discusses how many developing countries are entering a period called "the Demographic Window," which presents a unique opportunity for economic development, but requires the right policies in place to improve labor productivity and prepare for an aging population as countries shift out of the "window" period later on.