Focus On: Youth

Could unemployed youth solve the health care worker crisis?

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By Gabriella Jóźwiak

Forty million new health and social care jobs must be created by 2030 to achieve universal health coverage. At the same time, global youth unemployment has reached 71 million. Could the two problems be used to solve each other?

Investments in health and education of adolescents can bring huge returns

Investing in programs to improve the well-being and health of adolescents could bring a tenfold economic benefit to countries experiencing a demographic shift toward an increasingly youthful population, a new report by The Lancet has found. Development experts and donors gathered at the World Bank to discuss the findings.

Lessons from Burkina Faso's inclusive education system

Burkina Faso is aiming to more fully integrate disabled persons into society, starting with education. Devex visits a school that teaches disabled and non-disabled students in the same classroom, a first step in empowering them for a life of greater opportunity.

How one NGO could reverse Latin America's urban migration by boosting rural life

Roughly 80 percent of Latin Americans currently live in cities and often experience serious social problems associated with urban overcrowding and the development of slums. But one NGO in Argentina is aiming to reverse the trend by encouraging young people, including budding entrepreneurs, to move to small rural towns.

The road to real results for online learning in developing countries

MOOCs promise the potential for universal access to education — but some argue that the global development community needs to shift the metrics of success to realize this goal.

Rwanda's 'solar smart kiosk' provides digital solutions to rural mobile phone users

A Rwandan entrepreneur has developed a "solar smart kiosk," a stand-alone charging station that offers digital services to rural mobile phone users. What began as a solution to a limited access to energy has expanded to a business model that provides work for youth and has received praise in the development space.

Dealing with harassment: Cairo teens on feeling safe in their city

Mariam and Heba, both 13, talk gender-based street harassment in Cairo, and how a program launched by Plan International has helped give them the tools to respond.

Q&A: AfDB offers boost to Africa's fashion industry

Job creation is a key priority for governments and populations — particularly youth — across Africa. Devex spoke with African Development Bank gender specialist Emanuela Gregorio about the bank's nontraditional investment to increase employment in the underdeveloped African textile and fashion industry.

4 insights for better youth training in rural sub-Saharan Africa

A recent report by the Mastercard Foundation exposes gaps in African capacity-building strategies and offers suggestions on how to better approach employment trainings to reach more youth in Africa, specifically in rural populations.

For the new generation of farmers, it's 'business unusual'

Young Africans are shaking up agriculture with new ideas and sky-high ambition. The potential impact could be significant — if outdated perceptions and other barriers can be shifted.

Moving back to Africa to start a social enterprise? Read this first

More and more young Africans in diaspora are taking a leap to start their business and social enterprise on the continent. What has it been like for those who returned? What are the things to consider before making a move back to Africa? Three social entrepreneurs who have successfully launched a social impact business on the continent shared their experience and five tips with Devex.

Q&A: Laura Scanlon, director of TEGA, on building girl-powered data

The lack of data on issues affecting women and girls in remote parts of the world has continued to hinder efforts to design solutions to eliminate the barriers blocking them from reaching their full potential. Laura Scanlon, director of Girl Effect's Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors program, talked to Devex about how their new product tackles this challenge.

Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: Q&A with Waris Dirie of Desert Flower Foundation

To mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, Devex interviewed Waris Dirie, former supermodel and founder of Desert Flower Foundation, to learn more about her mission to end FGM globally.

Q&A: Youth leaders on how to engage young people in development

Alpha Sennon, of WHYFARM in Trindad and Tobago, and Natasha Puri, of emp(a)t(h)y in the United States, reflect on their experiences at the U.N. Youth Forum in a conversation with Devex.

The future leaders of Central Asia

In a forgotten, post-Soviet mountain town, an Islamic royal billionaire is spending millions to construct an elite university — and a new model for higher education. Will it work? This is the final part of a three-part Devex series.

A classroom for the mountains

In a forgotten, post-Soviet mountain town, an Islamic royal billionaire is spending millions to construct an elite university — and a new model for higher education. Will it work? This is part two of a three-part Devex series.

New solidarity initiative will provide volunteering opportunities across Europe

The recently launched European Solidarity Corps (ESC) could offer valuable life and work experience for young people interested in a career in global development. The initiative, launched by the European Commission, will bring together participants from different backgrounds to contribute to projects across the EU member states.

Ashoka's Bill Drayton: Every child needs to be a changemaker

Studies have shown that many leading social entrepreneurs started something in their teens. Now nonprofit Ashoka has launched a "LeadYoung" campaign to encourage young people to become "changemakers" in their communities from a young age. Devex sat with Bill Drayton, the founder of Ashoka, to learn more about this initiative.

Opinion: To fight terror, give youth a seat at the table

What can we do to prevent youth from being driven to violence as a means of expression? Reflecting on the past six months and the year to come, Neil Ghosh, executive vice president of the Global Fund for Children, explores how we can empower youth as catalysts for social change, rather than drivers of global conflict.

In Somalia, better education alone is not enough to challenge extremism

A new report from Mercy Corps is challenging standard theories about countering violent extremism interventions by showing that increasing access to secondary education is not enough to deter young people from political violence. They also need opportunities for community engagement.

What the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program says about entrepreneurship in Africa

The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program is in its second year. The second group of entrepreneurs, who gathered in Lagos earlier this month provides an interesting snapshot of the interests of and challenges facing young entrepreneurs in Africa.

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