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.
In a global conversation about whether job-creating foreign aid should keep its longtime focus on employability in traditional sectors or move toward stimulating entrepreneurship, USAID Morocco is saying, "Why not both?"
Scott Beale, CEO and founder of the Atlas Service Corps, talks to Devex about why building strong networks of leaders is the way to meet the world's increasingly tough development challenges.
Uganda’s High Court recent ruling to shutter Bridge International Academies jeopardizes efforts to dramatically expand vital education opportunities for millions of children globally, argues Andrew White, expansion director for Uganda for BIA.
For demand-driven training to work, training providers must have corporate partners ready to invest time and effort to align their values and objectives, overcome differences, and find ways to work well together. Fiona Macaulay from Equal Means gives us the inside track in this guest commentary.
Activist Rebeca Gyumi, founder and executive director of the Msichiana Initiative, successfully petitioned to change the law and outlaw child marriage in Tanzania. In this commentary, she explains how to integrate efforts to empower women and girls into the very fabric of society at every level.
In Bolivia, a local foundation's clever use of social media is recruiting young volunteers to include older people who have been abandoned by their families.
Gender and youth development experts discuss knowledge gaps and challenges around designing programs to support girls facing forced marriage, FGM and other threats to their health and rights, and provide six recommendations.