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.
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.
My name is Matthew French and I work for JBS International, Inc. This blog draws upon research conducted under contract with USAID’s office of Education (read the full youth engagement report here), as well as my own experiences working with young people.
Atlas Corps seeks nonprofit/NGO professionals from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the U.S. Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance.
Applications are open for the SUMMER 2016 Coaching Fellowship. This is the 7th program, and once again organizers are thrilled to be providing coaching opportunities to 50 of the most extraordinary young women leaders (aged 25–35) in the world of social impact. If you are chosen as a Fellow, you will receive 3 months of personalized 1:1 coaching with an experienced and certified coach. Furthermore, in addition to coaching, you will join an alumni of more than 300 women leaders from 37 countries united in supporting one another to create change.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
Applications are invited for UNAOC Fellowship Program for the candidates from Europe and North America (EUNA) and from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The main objective of the Fellowship Program is to challenge cultural stereotypes and develop cross-cultural partnerships between peoples from different faiths and cultures. The UNAOC Fellowships aims at fostering intercultural exchange and interfaith understanding by engaging with emerging leaders and young professionals from Europe, North-America (EUNA), the Middle East and North-Africa (MENA).
This 5-day program takes the young people of Asia on a journey to learn how they could confront and resolve issues, and take a step forward indefining a future that is promising and thriving not just for themselves, but for their country and Asia too. Using leadership frameworks taught at Harvard University, participants will operate and mobilize group dynamics in an environment where the pace ofpolitical change is accelerating rapidly, exercise effective and impartial leadership.