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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.

First Global Forum on Youth Policies

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
Ministry of Youth and Sports in Azerbaijan, UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth, UNDP, UNESCO, Council of Europe
Event Date: 
Oct 28, 2014 (All day) to Oct 30, 2014 (All day)

In 2014, of 198 countries, 122 countries (62%) have a national youth policy, up from 99 (50%) in the previous year. These numbers show that governments are increasingly aware of the need for legal and policy frameworks that respond adequately to young peoples’ needs, aspirations and demands. Despite these advances, however, a number of challenges affect both the efficiency and inclusiveness of youth policies, from fragmented responsibilities and challenged structures to the lack of reliable knowledge and the absence of appropriate resources.

How to Integrate Mobile Solutions into Development Projects

FHI 360 and OpenRevolution, with funding and support from USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia through the mSTAR project, have launched the “Integrating Mobiles into Development Projects” handbook to address the over-excited, under-planned side of M4D deployment.

Resource Type: 
Toolkit

Scaling Up—From Vision to Large‐Scale Change: A Management Framework for Practitioners

This document is intended to be a companion document to the Scaling Up TOOLKIT. With support from the MacArthur Foundation and the Packard Foundation, both documents were developed, applied, and refined over a nine year period with twenty‐two projects in India, Mexico, and Nigeria. An earlier version of this document was published in March of 2006.

Resource Type: 
Report

Evaluating Youth Economic Opportunities Programming - Lessons Learned and Actionable Guidance

This technical brief on how to effectively evaluate youth economic opportunities programming has been developed by Making Cents International’s Collaborative Learning & Action Institute for Increased Youth Economic Opportunities (CoLab) and forms part of our 2014 State of the Field in Youth Economic Opportunities Technical Brief Series.

Building a Better Working World: Solving the Global Youth Employment Crisis

Event host(s)/organization(s): 
RTI International
Event Date: 
Oct 15, 2014 (08:30am to 11:00am)

Around the world, unemployment among young people has grown into an epidemic, one that threatens economic growth and social stability in dozens of countries for decades to come. 

At this policy forum, a panel of experts will use their research and knowledge in workforce development and education to not only shed light on the crisis, but also recommend practical steps for addressing youth unemployment based upon a research agenda, field testing, and tools for scaling evidence-based practices.

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

View this PowerPoint presented by Karen Austrian, Associate from Population Council at Making Cents International's ApplyIt! Webinar "Beyond Disaggregated Indicators: Applying Gender-Sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation to Enhance Learning" on practical examples of how gender-sensitive M&E can be done and what difference it makes for youth development programs.

Resource Type: 
Presentation

Analyzing the Business Case for Youth Savings

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

The Business Case for Youth Savings

With almost half the world's population today under the age of 25, youth finance represents a largely untapped business opportunity. Despite this potential, there are surprisingly few examples of providing youth savings in a profitable manner. Few financial service providers, especially in developing countries with large young populations, target youth specifically as a segment.

The Business Case for Youth Savings: A Framework

This paper begins by offering a framework for understanding how different influences or “levers” affect costs and revenues and uses examples to explain how the framework can be applied as a decision-making tool. It then uses three brief case studies (Bank of Kathmandu [BoK] in Nepal, XacBank in Mongolia, and Sparkassen in Germany) to illustrate the many influences that determine a business case. Finally, it offers suggestions for practitioners and policy makers.

Resource Type: 
Report

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