Focus On: Youth

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

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By Christin Roby

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 The potential impact could be significant — if outdated perceptions and other barriers can be shifted.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


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.


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