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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration Questions from the Field - Feb 2015

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

In this brief, we use data from the Entrepreneurship Acceleration Research Initiative in order to respond to the following question by Steve Cumming of the MasterCard Foundation about Youth Entrepreneurship 

"At The MasterCard Foundation, we have a portfolio of youth entrepreneurship projects that we support in Sub Saharan Africa. We’re always looking for data to better understand the space and to inform our programming. I’m wondering if you could share any data by ages 18-24 and 25-30, and by African country or region if possible. Do you see anything interesting under these parameters?"

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  West Africa  Youth 

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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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Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013: A generation at risk

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This paper examines how the weakening of the global recovery in 2012 and 2013 has further aggravated the youth jobs crisis and the queues for available jobs have become longer and longer for some unfortunate young jobseekers. So long, in fact, that many youth are giving up on the job search. The prolonged jobs crisis also forces the current generation of youth to be less selective about the type of job they are prepared to accept, a tendency that was already evident before the crisis. Increasing numbers of youth are now turning to available part-time jobs or find themselves stuck in temporary employment. Secure jobs, which were once the norm for previous generations – at least in the advanced economies – have become less easily accessible for today’s youth. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Jobs  Sector publication  youth 

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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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SPARK's "Opportunities and Challenges to SME Development in Conflict Affected States"

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Thursday, August 14, 2014

The SPARK tracer survey on ‘Opportunities and Challenges to SME Development in Conflict Affected States’ was conducted in the summer of 2013 among 900 entrepreneurs in 9 countries. The survey was conducted in order to learn more about the effectiveness of SPARK’s small and medium enterprise interventions.

Two main findings of the survey show that existing businesses are better at creating jobs than start-ups and that young people create fewer jobs on average than other businesses. The survey also identifies 5 important business barriers experienced by the participating entrepreneurs.

Please read the attached survey for further details

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Tags:  conflict affected states  entrepreneurship  job creation  Sector publication  SMEs  youth 

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Randall Kempner Presentation GEW Nov 2012, Rwanda

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Presentation given by ANDE Executive Director, Randall Kempner, at Global Entrepreneurship Week November 2012. Click here to view.

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Tags:  impact investing  social Entrepreneurship  women  youth 

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Youth in Development: Realizing the Demographic Opportunity

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Youth in Development: Realizing the Demographic Opportunity

This Policy on Youth in Development is the first of its kind for USAID. It is both timely and necessary as more than half of the world’s population today is under the age of 30, with the vast majority living in the developing world.As Secretary Clinton said in Tunisia in February 2012,"…in every region, responding to the needs and aspirations of young people is a crucial challenge for the future." The policy is predicated on emerging best and promising practice for youth development and engagement that are gleaned from USAID and partner’s experience in youth programming, as well as through consultations with young people across the developing world.The policy is further informed by principles and practices articulated in the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development (PPD), the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), the National Security Strategy 2010, State Department Youth Policy 2011, USAID Forward, and the USAID Policy Framework 20112015. Download here.

Tags:  development  sector publication  Youth 

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UNDP Bangladesh Women and Youth entrepreneurship

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

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Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries and the population is predominantly rural, with about 85 per cent of its 140 million people living in rural areas. Rural people depend mainly on the land for their livelihoods, which is both fertile and extremely vulnerable and large areas are at risk because of frequent floods and cyclones.

It is estimated that rural poverty rates now stands at around 50 per cent, and more than 25 per cent of rural households live in extreme poverty. With this existing situation, chronically poor people, especially women,suffer persistent food insecurity, own no cultivable land or assets, are often illiterate and may also suffer serious illnesses or disabilities. One of the main causes of rural poverty in Bangladesh is extreme climate and a large proportion of the country is low-lying and vulnerable to flooding. Many rural poor people live in areas subject to extreme annual flooding, which can destroy their crops, homes and livelihoods. Another root cause of rural poverty has been the enormous population growth and the pressure it has placed on the environment; unleashing problems such as erosion and flooding that in turn aggravate the situation of rural poor people.

Women are among the poorest of the rural poor, especially when they are the heads of their households,such as widows or wives of men who have migrated in search of employment. They suffer discrimination because of their gender, they have scarce income-earning opportunities and their nutritional intake is often inadequate. Among extremely poor people, there is a disproportionate number of households headed by women.

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Tags:  Bangladesh  Entrepreneurship  sector publication  Women  Youth 

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