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From Innovation to Practice

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 1, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

From Innovation to Practice: Impact Investing Education and Training 

By the Beeck Center for Innovation + Social Impact

Produced with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Pathways to Innovation focuses onthe current state of impact investing education and training, and assesses opportunities to meet emergent demand and build capacity across the impact investing ecosystem. It also includes a listing of nearly 200 providers of courses, events, and other opportunities learn about impact investing.

Tags:  2016  education  impact investing 

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Education for the 22nd Century: How entrepreneurs can help bridge the education to employment divide

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 9, 2015

 

What are the gaps that keep young people from moving smoothly from education to employment? And how can education-focused entrepreneurs ease the transition?

Youth unemployment is a global problem, especially in developing and emerging markets. One of the reasons for this is the mismatch between employable skills and current approaches to education. Solutions are emerging to address the gap, but this is a complex problem that requires innovation in and coordination between the public and private sectors.

A few months ago, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with the support of SAP SE, set out to uncover how education-focused entrepreneurs are making a difference and the challenges they face along the way. A series of global roundtables on this subject helped shine a light on the amazing opportunities that exist for these entrepreneurs. 

Entrepreneurs have an important role in helping bridge the gaps that keep young people from moving smoothly from education to employment. This report explores what this role is, and how to strengthen the opportunities for education-focused entrepreneurs. Whether you represent a corporation or foundation, or you're an education provider, investor, or part of an entrepreneurial support organization, there's something in this report for you. 

  

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Tags:  ANDE publication  education 

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Los Invisibles: las niñas y los niños de 0 a 6 años

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Updated: Monday, October 5, 2015

Cada mexicano tiene derecho a aprender desde el día uno de su vida, y desde el nacimiento hasta los 6 años, toda niña y niño debe tener garantía de ese derecho, de ser visibles. Este trabajo de Mexicanos Primero es una primera exploración para enriquecer el diálogo social y la incidencia en políticas públicas más allá de la supervivencia infantil, en la dirección de la vida plena.

En el libro, se describe lo que se está haciendo y lo que falta por hacer para asegurar que los niños mexicanos puedan alcanzar su máximo potencial. Durante el periodo más crítico en el desarrollo de un ser humano -que coincide con el periodo en que se encuentra más vulnerable-, no podemos permitir que los niños y sus problemáticas nos sean invisibles.

Presentación de David Calderón, Director de Mexicanos Primero

Click here to read the Executive Summary in English and here to read it in Spanish.

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Tags:  education  Mexico  sector publication  youth 

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Strengthening the Ecosystem for Edupreneurs in South Africa: Findings from a Roundtable Discussion

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 1, 2015
Updated: Friday, July 31, 2015
In March 2015, the ANDE South Africa chapter brought together just over 30 participants involved in the education entrepreneurship ecosystem including public and private funders, capacity development providers, academics and edupreneurs for a full-day roundtable discussion in Johannesburg to flesh out challenges and opportunities faced by edupreneurs in South Africa and to come up with collaborative actions to strengthen the ecosystem. The discussion, which covered five topics from Access to Finance to Infrastructure and Enabling Technologies, focused on direct instruction models (predominantly Low Fee Private Schools) and EdTech entrepreneurs. Findings and Ideas for Action from the discussion are summarized here.

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Tags:  ecosystem  education  entrepreneurship ecosystems  Sector publication  South Africa 

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Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 17, 2015

The MasterCard Foundation recently released a review of their training and skills projects. The report, "Youth at Work: Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa," provides a comprehensive review of the factors that have contributed to the success of certain projects, and examines lessons learned that will be helpful in moving forward. 

The report highlights effective skill building models, the importance of understanding which sectors of the economy have the most potential for youth, the need for more cost-effective and sustainable solutions, and the need to truly keep youth at the center of these projects. 

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Tags:  Africa  education  employment  Sector publication  youth 

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