OP-ED: Why Is Technology Skills Training Critical to Low-Income Youth Now?

Originally posted on, September 22, 2014.

ARTICLE: Recognising the economic contribution of women isn't feminism, it's fact

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

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.     

Five Steps to More Meaningful Youth Engagement

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.

Economic Opportunities for Rural Youth: Global Trends, Transferrable Lessons Learned, and Actionable Learning

This technical brief on how to effectively evaluate youth economic opportunities programming is developed by Making Cents International’s Collaborative Learning & Action Institute for Increased Youth Economic Opportunities and forms part of our State of the Field in Youth Economic Opportunities technical brief series.
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USAID Employees Play Integral Role in Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

Originally posted in USAID Office of Education Newsletter (November 2014).

USAID Employees Play Integral Role in Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

Summit Aims to Improve Impact, Scale and Sustainability of Youth Economic Opportunity Programming

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Present Your Project: Open Call!

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
FHI 360
Event Date: 
Feb 25, 2015 (02:00pm to 04:00pm)

Beginning this February, FHI 360 will offer practitioners the opportunity to present projects for feature at a USAID officer training: Workforce Development for Youth Employment: Program Design for Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the past year, Workforce Connections has developed and delivered two 3-day trainings for USAID officers from missions around the world.

Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity for Youth: Three Critical Elements of Success

In collaboration and with the support of the Citi Foundation, Making Cents International brought together an expert stakeholder group to discuss challenges and opportunities at the nexus of urbanization and youth economic opportunity development.

Concept Note: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity for Youth

In collaboration and with the support of the Citi Foundation, Making Cents International is leading an expert stakeholder discussion on Friday, November 14, 2014 to start to answer these questions and explore new opportunities for partnership, knowledge-building, and greater impact at the nexus of urbanization and youth economic opportunity development.

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