Seeking Youth Representative for the Workforce Connections Advisory Board - Apply by June 13


Workforce Connections seeks a youth representative for its Advisory Board – a group of thought leaders that will set research priorities, leverage funding for research, and provide links to key actors in WFD arena – in order to advance thinking on key technical themes for the field of international youth workforce development.


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.

A Gender-Sensitive Approach to M&E - Webinar Resource

The following is a presentation from presenter Karen Austrian (Population Council) from Making Cents International's ApplyIt! Webinar on July 29, 2014.

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10x10: Hacking education, one startup at a time.

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Event Date: 
Sep 20, 2014 (All day) to Sep 23, 2014 (All day)

This fall, 70 young adults will congregate in Croatia for 10x10, a hackathon to tackle challenges facing education on a global level.

Innovative technology is poised to revolutionize the way people learn on a global level. With countries from around the world being represented on teams, the diversity in cultures and experience will contribute to new perspectives on such a universal subject as education.

IAVE Youth Conference

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
International Association of Volunteer Effort (IAVE), Volunteering Australia
Event Date: 
Sep 15, 2014 (All day) to Sep 17, 2014 (All day)

The conference is a residential conference with registration fees including accommodation and conference attendance.

Customer-Centricity for Financial Inclusion: Why It Matters

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), Microlinks, USAID
Event Date: 
Aug 7, 2014 (09:00am to 10:30am)

Customer-centricity is about providing solutions based on a deep understanding of customer needs, preferences, and behaviors. This approach takes the idea of financial inclusion one step further and requires more than just good intentions to be effective. It can often involve a complete overhaul in a service providers operations and behaviors. But the journey to customer-focused products and services is vital as it can add value to the lives of the world’s most vulnerable by helping them meet daily needs, achieve personal and business goals, and build resistance against market shocks.

Change that Matters: Learning from our Partnerships

The MasterCard Foundation has been dedicated to learning as an organization since our first partnership in 2008.  It is in this spirit that we are proud to share Change that Matters: Learning from our Partnerships. Informed by evaluations, research and the expertise of our partners and staff, this report provides a narrative introduction to our work by summarizing key learning from our first six years as a philanthropic organization.

Some insights highlighted in the report include:

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The Value of Higher Education in Development: A Conversation with 2014 YALI Washington Fellows on Education and Youth Entrepreneurship

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development
Event Date: 
Jul 29, 2014 (05:00pm to 06:30pm)

In June 2014, 500 young African leaders demonstrating exemplary entrepreneurial and civic leadership arrived in Washington D.C. to participate in the first ever Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship, a six-week academic and training program that seeks to prepare the next generation of African leaders for the 21st century, which will culminate with a three-day Presidential Summit for Washington Fellows on July 28.

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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Analyzing the Business Case for Youth Savings

This blog was originally posted on on July 21, 2014.


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