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

Making Cents International

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

Making Cents International

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

JBS International, Inc.

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.

BLOG: Youth in Development: 'We're Tired of Being The Topic, Not The Leaders'

The Guardian

Young people are already spearheading the social entrepreneurial movement across the world. My own first venture, which worked on rural solar/biomass-based electricity generation, was launched when I was 19. I faced some difficulties initially due to being patronised, and working with government officials and even private sector leaders was challenging. There are currently two ways the sector talks about young people – as the beneficiaries of “youth development” or as participants of “youth-led development” but a lot of the time it’s not clear whether as a group we’re being portrayed as the problem or the solution.

BLOG: Social Change Through Transformational Leadership, August 2016

The MasterCard Foundation

Today’s youth have a truly revolutionary outlook on the world of work. They are ‘transformational leaders‘ who have an unique view that is firmly entrenched in the belief that anyone can make meaningful change in society over time. Young men and women are becoming active social entrepreneurs or joining start-ups, as well as taking roles in businesses, government, and civil society organizations to help transform them from the inside out.

BLOG: Youth and Agriculture – Eradicating Rural Poverty, August 2016

Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a new sustainable development agenda entitled Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda contains 17 goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being in a sustainable manner, with a special focus on youth. One important aspect of the Agenda is that the negotiation process on the Sustainable Development Goals involved the unprecedented participation of civil society and other stakeholders.

Report: Developing the Knowledge, Skills and Talent of Youth to Further Food Security and Nutrition, August 2016


The landscape surrounding agriculture has undergone significant changes in recent years. Higher food prices, the consequent world food price crisis in the late 2000s, along with a projected 60 percent expansion in demand for agricultural products by 2050, has driven a resurgent interest in the sector – among policy-makers, development practitioners, and private actors. As rural and agricultural markets are transforming, with higher demand and prices, more integrated supply chains, greater rural-urban connectivity in many areas and exponential growth in urban markets, new opportunities are emerging for young people to start up and run profitable agribusinesses. 

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BLOG: How to Inspire the Next Generation of Farmers, August 2016

Feed the Future

The global population is expected to reach over 9 billion by 2050, with an estimated 6 people out of 10 living in cities. With such a big population to feed, who will produce our food and ensure that everyone has enough to eat? Engaging youth in agriculture has become one of the hot topics of development for this very reason: youth are the future of agriculture. Yet many of them think of agriculture as a hard job without economic rewards or career advancement and they prefer to move to cities looking for better opportunities.