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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 The potential impact could be significant — if outdated perceptions and other barriers can be shifted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.