Focus On: Youth

A classroom for the mountains

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By Michael Igoe

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.


In Morocco, USAID bets on soft skills

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?"


Atlas Corps celebrates 10 years of bringing leaders from developing countries to the US

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.


Opinion: Why Uganda's threat to shut down Bridge International Academies' schools matters

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.


Opinion: Why is demand-driven training like a long-term marriage?

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.


Opinion: An activist's big dreams for girls in Tanzania

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.


How engaging social media can include both young and old

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.


6 tips for designing programs to better serve girls

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.


What it's like to be an emerging development leader in Asia-Pacific

Young development professionals speak to Devex about the difficulties and opportunities for development work in the world's most populous region.


Joyce Banda calls for a great focus on girl children

The former president of Malawi has said the development community needs to focus its efforts on infant and child girls in the wake of a new U.N. report which focuses on girls aged 10.


US government priorities in Nepal

Nepal is still working to recover from a pair of earthquakes that shook the country to the core last year, even as it seeks political stability a year after adopting a new constitution. Devex spoke to U.S. officials about their priorities in the country.


The unlikely evidence gap in youth livelihoods work

We still know little about what works — or even how much we’re spending — in helping young people to make a living. Does that matter?


Give girls a voice and let them change their world

There are 10 million girl guides and girl scouts in 146 countries and these young women are taking the lead and working to improve their communities for the better, writes Anita Tiessen, chief executive of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.


Bringing girls into the data revolution

This year's celebration of the International Day of the Girl highlights the importance of sex-disaggregated data. In this commentary, Helena Minchew of the International Women's Health Coalition explains that detailed, qualitative information can inform projects that can be life-changing for girls, and we shouldn’t underestimate its value.


ChildFund Australia brings direct sponsorship to the community

How can the emotive power of sponsorship be channeled to help whole communities? One Australian NGO is hoping to find out.


4 emerging trends in economic growth

The transformation of economic activity in low-income markets over the past two decades is staggering, and development executives are faced with the need to re-envision models for steering growth. Neil Ghosh and Kristin Lobron look at four big trends that global development professional must understand.