Market Development

How to inspire a generation of farming entrepreneurs: A new report outlines how Africa's youth can find employment in agriculture without getting their hands dirty

When we talk about African development, there is a belief that its booming population can only equal crisis. By 2040, Africa's workforce could be one billion strong, so finding jobs for this young population should be at the forefront of government agenda. This challenge is coupled with Africa's increasing demand for varied and nutritious foods.

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Kiva at Four

This essay is a sequel to the case titled “Kiva and the Birth of Person-to-Person Microfinance,” published by the author in Innovations (Winter/Spring 2007). Started by the author, Jessica Jackley Flannery and Moses Onyango in 2005, Kiva is an online lending platform that allows individuals in the developed world to loan to small businesspeople in the developing world. Kiva operates in the microfinance space and works with a growing network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in more than 40 countries.

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Kiva and the Birth of Person-to-Person Microfinance

Matt Flannery started Kiva in 2005 with his wife, Jessica. Kiva is an online lending platform that allows individuals in the developed world to loan to small business people in the developing world. Kiva operates in the microfinance space and works with a growing network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in more than thirty countries. Their MFI partners post the profiles of their loan applicants to the website. Internet users in the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond make small loans via PayPal to these businesses. The businesses pay the lenders back over a period of about a year.

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2014 Deloitte Millenial Survey

The survey gathered the views of more than 7,800 Millennials (those born in 1983 or later) who had a college or university degree and who were employed full-time. There were roughly 300 respondents each in 26 countries in North America, Western Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. The survey was conducted online from October 10 – November 11, 2013 and was compiled by Milward Brown.

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Inspiring the Next Generation Workforce: The 2014 Millenial Impact Report

The first four Millenial Impact Reports (2010 TO 2013) have given organizations, causes, leaders, fundraisers and individuals around the world better insight into the next generation of volunteers, donors and advocates. Since 2009, the Millennial Impact Project has focused on Millennials’ preferences when engaging with causes. By allowing Millennials to describe how they wish to give and help causes, organizations have been better able to reach them.

Throughout the first four years of the Millennial Impact Project, the following trends emerged and evolved:

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Impact Evaluations of Child Protection/Well-being Outcomes from Economic Strengthening Programs

A matrix of 48 completed and 12 ongoing studies, with summaries and links to all published evaluation reports. This document forms the basis of "The Impacts of Economic Strengthening Programs on Children: A review of the evidence"

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4th Annual Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance International Symposium:

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
The mEducation Alliance
Event Date: 
Oct 20, 2014 (09:00am) to Oct 21, 2014 (05:00pm)

During this year’s mEducation Alliance Networking Fair, selected presenters will have the opportunity to showcase their project(s), discuss topics and trends in the field and environments in which they work, share challenges in a safe setting, brainstorm with a group of technical experts, identify potential partners, and develop concrete plans of action. Presenters should be prepared to discuss their project at length in intensive, small-group working sessions organized to identify project collaborators and areas of possible partnership (e.g., shared interest, financial, technical platform, technical support, etc.).

The overall goal of the mEducation Alliance Networking Fair is for participants to meet potential collaborators and partners with whom they can significantly strengthen and scale promising mEducation opportunities, projects, and initiatives.   Participants will benefit from a unique environment to engage with their counterparts, mEducation Alliance members, and other leading technical experts and thought leaders, among other participants. Whether discussing mobile-based interventions for improving literacy and numeracy, strengthening youth and workforce activities, and/or scaling mEducation interventions for marginalized and/or hard-to-reach learners, each session will explore ways to improve outcomes and impact of mobile-based education interventions through informed project-building strategies and collaboration.

Manufacturing companies and an educated workforce

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Boston College Carroll School of Management: Center for Corporate Citizenship
Event Date: 
Jul 9, 2014 (12:00pm to 01:00pm)

Many companies rely on a strong technical workforce to run effectively. Unfortunately, those entering the workforce with the necessary skills to drive innovation and increase productivity - particularly in the STEM fields - are few and far between.

Youth Employment in Africa: Whose job is it? Webinar & Twitter Chat

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Ashoka, MasterCard Foundation
Event Date: 
Jun 25, 2014 (09:00am to 11:00pm)

Around the world, the communities with the brightest futures create innovative opportunities for youth to build sustainable livelihoods, pursue meaningful careers and shape better realities for themselves and for those around them. Unfortunately, in many communities within sub-Saharan Africa, youth find themselves jobless and entrenched in systems that do not welcome innovation or change.

Scaling Mobile Employment Services: A Stakeholder Perspective – Increasing opportunities for youth through mobile

The Mobile for Employment programme held a workshop on the topic of ‘Youth, Mobile and  Employment’ in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th January 2014. This report highlights the key findings of the workshop along with a review of the employment market in Rwanda. It discusses the commercial and operational considerations for all stakeholders and introduces possible business models along with recommendations to accelerate MNO market entry and participation in this sector in a meaningful and value-adding role.

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