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  • SEEP YFS Working Group
    still a relatively new concept in many countries In order to address these operational issues and explore innovations in this area the SEEP Network s Youth and Financial Services Working Group commissioned and wrote four Promising Practices Briefs The topics of the briefs were selected during a series of consultations held with Working Group members in January 2015 Tags Financial Inclusion Youth Economic Opportunities SEEP Network SEEP YFS Working Group Continue reading Youth in Development 903 Hits Tuesday 29 September 2015 Incentives Subsidies and Complementary Services to Promote Youth Financial Inclusion Jennifer Denomy Director Youth Economic Opportunities This blog originally appeared on The SEEP Network Blogg co authored by Jennifer Denomy and Rebecca Hession The United Nations Population Fund reports that there are 1 8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 with 89 percent of them residing in the world s least developed countries 2014 With appropriate knowledge and tools youth can be financially empowered to access a range of economic opportunities over the course of their lives Although they represent a large potential market the integration of youth into the formal financial system is still a relatively new concept in many countries In order to address these operational issues and explore innovations in this area the SEEP Network s Youth and Financial Services Working Group commissioned and wrote four Promising Practices Briefs The topics of the briefs were selected during a series of consultations held with Working Group members in January 2015 Tags SEEP Network SEEP YFS Working Group Youth Economic Opportunities Financial Inclusion Continue reading Youth in Development 1237 Hits Thursday 13 August 2015 Effective Integration of Financial Services into Economic Opportunities Programming for Youth Jennifer Denomy Director Youth Economic Opportunities How can financial services be effectively integrated into economic opportunities programming for youth

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/2015-08-14-15-12-58 (2016-02-17)
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  • Marketing
    to attend this year s events in Niagara Falls Ontario from November 1 4 2012 I was excited to learn more about MEDA contribute to work behind the scenes and meet some of our supporters I arrived with the rest of the Marketing team on October 31 to help with registration preparation and logistics It was a great to be able to meet face to face the staff I had been corresponding and working on projects with Tags MEDA Interns 2012 MEDA Engagement Marketing Marketing Fundraising Intern Internship Experience Continue reading Canada 5392 Hits Wednesday 16 January 2013 A Ploughman s Paradise Jaclyn Stief Marketing Fundraising Intern Marketing Engagement In September I was given the opportunity to attend the 2012 International Plowing Match IPM for short in Roseville Ontario To be honest I had never heard of the IPM until this experience so I was surprised about the crowd it gathered Over 100 000 people mainly farmers visit this farming and agricultural expo of sorts each year bringing together people over various competitions displays demonstrations and food MEDA had a booth in a tent with other community organizations and we were just there to spread the world about who we are and the work we do with a particular focus on our agriculture projects like Techno Links Farmer to Farmer EDGET Ukraine Horticulture Development Projects GROW and Cassava Seed Champions amongst others Tags MEDA Interns 2012 MEDA Engagement Marketing Marketing Fundraising Intern Internship Experience Continue reading Canada 5199 Hits Wednesday 09 January 2013 Introducing the 2012 MEDA Interns Jaclyn Stief Marketing Fundraising Intern Marketing Engagement Welcome to MEDA s Intern Blog This fall 14 new interns joined MEDA to take part in an international development internship Working in a variety of capacities and countries each intern will be helping MEDA

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/marketing (2016-02-17)
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  • E-FACE
    the issue of child exploitation due to reduced livelihoods E FACE targets households at risk of or engaged in the worst forms of child labor in the Ethiopian textile and agriculture sectors as well as young workers under the age of 18 One E FACE intervention focuses on improving workspaces and working conditions for young workers using a three component system that places young workers rights and safety at the forefront while creating a participatory environment for both the young employees and their employers to get involved in the development of a safe workplace The diagram below provides an overview of the 3 components also referenced in previous blog Tags Young Workers Ethiopia Youth E FACE Continue reading Youth in Development 1901 Hits Tuesday 05 May 2015 Youth Savings Association Not Just About Developing A Savings Culture Farah Chandani Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities Research 1 has shown that benefits from savings groups can go beyond asset building and savings for youth and provide working youth with their own solidarity groups in which they find peer support and social security They can also expose youth members to other financial service concepts such as borrowing banking and income generating activities which are taught through orientations and workshops This blog seeks to further strengthen existing research on youth savings by showcasing MEDA s project titled Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation E FACE Village Savings Associations for Youth VSAYs are one aspect of a multi pronged approach to supporting Ethiopian youth in the E FACE project MEDA s youth team recently undertook a visit to Addis Ababa to explore savings behavior among youth including changes in their livelihoods behaviors and working environment as a result of their participation in savings groups Field observations interviews and focus group discussions with VSAY members and their parents revealed a number of important changes Tags Village Savings Associations for Youth Saving E FACE Ethiopia Youth Continue reading Youth in Development 3162 Hits Tuesday 06 January 2015 Looking Ahead The Future of Economic Strengthening Nicki Post Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities This blog series was sent courtesy of Microlinks part of the Feed the Future Knowledge Driven Agricultural Development project Its contents were produced under United States Agency for International Development USAID Cooperative Agreement No AID OAA LA 13 00001 The contents are the responsibility of FHI 360 and its partner the International Rescue Committee and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government Promising Practices In 2008 the U S Agency for International Development USAID defined economic strengthening ES as t he portfolio of strategies and interventions that supply protect and or grow physical natural financial human and social assets aimed at improving vulnerable households cope sic with the exogenous shocks they face and improve their economic resilience to future shocks That is a tall order however we are seeing an increasing demand for holistic programming to respond to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children OVC A

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/e-face (2016-02-17)
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  • Access to Financial Services
    My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Access to Financial Services Monday 09 February 2015 Financial Inclusion for Nigerian Youth Farah Chandani Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities The start of something new something based on MEDA s experiences in Morocco MEDA recently launched its partnership with CUSO International to improve financial inclusion for youth in Nigeria The project titled Youth Leadership Entrepreneurship Access and Development YouLead will work with young women and men in Cross River State Nigeria Nigeria is Africa s most populous country and the unemployment rate stands at approximately 20 with youth unemployment at almost double this rate at 35 Tags Access to Financial Services CUSO Nigeria YouLead Youth in Development Continue reading Youth in Development 3892 Hits Wednesday 28 January 2015 Why access to financial services can open doors for young entrepreneurs Nicki Post Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities I was invited to speak briefly at Chemonics last week on what I thought was an important component to support youth enterprise development As one of MEDA s core areas of experience I decided to talk about providing access to appropriate financial services for youth Here s why I think this is one crucial component to enable youth enterprise development Global youth dominate the ranks of the unemployed Demographic challenges gender barriers education or skill mismatch and unsafe or poorly paid work are among the many difficulties that youth face in the search for economic opportunities This is something we saw clearly illustrated in the Arab Spring Compounding these challenges entrepreneurial youth typically have limited access to financial services that meet their business development needs this can

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/access-to-financial-services (2016-02-17)
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  • Young Workers
    Posts Calendar Young Workers Monday 27 July 2015 Improving Workplaces and Working Conditions for Young Employees Farah Chandani Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities This blog is a follow up to one posted on 13 January 2015 titled One Workplace At A Time by Shaunet Lewinson featuring the E FACE project The Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation E FACE implements various livelihood strengthening interventions that tackle the issue of child exploitation due to reduced livelihoods E FACE targets households at risk of or engaged in the worst forms of child labor in the Ethiopian textile and agriculture sectors as well as young workers under the age of 18 One E FACE intervention focuses on improving workspaces and working conditions for young workers using a three component system that places young workers rights and safety at the forefront while creating a participatory environment for both the young employees and their employers to get involved in the development of a safe workplace The diagram below provides an overview of the 3 components also referenced in previous blog Tags Young Workers Ethiopia Youth E FACE Continue reading Youth in Development 1901 Hits Tuesday 13 January 2015 One Workplace At A Time Guest An Overview of MEDA s Occupational Safety and Health OSH Intervention for Working Youth in Ethiopia A little under one third of Ethiopia s population is currently living in extreme poverty 1 In many of these cases households withdraw their children from school and put them to work in order to supplement the family income While the government of Ethiopia has made great effort to element the worst forms of child labor enforcement of laws and consistent prosecution of violators has not yet reached an ideal level To address this gap MEDA s E FACE project implements various livelihood strengthening

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/young-workers (2016-02-17)
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  • EFACE
    in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar EFACE Thursday 07 January 2016 E FACE comes to an end The closing of a fantastic project Farah Chandani Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities I had the privilege of working on the E FACE Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation project during its last year of implementation during which time I was able to research and consolidate information on the project and how it worked with youth in Ethiopia The project worked with both youth and adults to address the issue of exploitative labour Tags EFACE Ethiopia Child Labour Skills Training VSAYs Continue reading Youth in Development 203 Hits Thursday 24 December 2015 Youth Agricultural Sales Agents Building Youth Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas Farah Chandani Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities This blog shares a summary of the findings and lessons from the E FACE project s pilot intervention to build youth entrepreneurship among rural communities in Gamo Gofa and Wolaita districts in Southern Ethiopia The full case study can be found on MEDA s YEO website The Youth Agricultural Sales Agent YASA program provided 250 young people 138 male 112 female aged 14 to 17 years with business skills training to increase their knowledge of markets as well as life skills training to improve their confidence and communication The technical and entrepreneurial skills provided by the training program were complemented with start up kits to transition the youth from exploitative labor to productive work Tags EFACE Ethiopia

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/eface (2016-02-17)
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  • Economic Strengthening
    the ages of 14 and 18 who were living in Kabul and working as apprentices in the construction sector Why take an indirect approach M any economic strengthening ES projects use indirect approaches Some seek to benefit youth through one of the social units to which they belong such as their family 1 Family focused projects typically focus on increasing the earnings of children s parents with the assumption that this will be partly spent to benefit children Seeking to benefit children and younger youth through their workplaces is less common among ES programming Tags Afghan Secure Futures ASF Afghanistan Asset Building Economic Strengthening Youth in Development Continue reading Youth in Development 5397 Hits Tuesday 06 January 2015 Looking Ahead The Future of Economic Strengthening Nicki Post Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities This blog series was sent courtesy of Microlinks part of the Feed the Future Knowledge Driven Agricultural Development project Its contents were produced under United States Agency for International Development USAID Cooperative Agreement No AID OAA LA 13 00001 The contents are the responsibility of FHI 360 and its partner the International Rescue Committee and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government Promising Practices In 2008 the U S Agency for International Development USAID defined economic strengthening ES as t he portfolio of strategies and interventions that supply protect and or grow physical natural financial human and social assets aimed at improving vulnerable households cope sic with the exogenous shocks they face and improve their economic resilience to future shocks That is a tall order however we are seeing an increasing demand for holistic programming to respond to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children OVC A growing body of evidence points to risky behavior by orphans and vulnerable children

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/economic-strengthening (2016-02-17)
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  • Entrepreneurship
    Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Entrepreneurship Wednesday 18 November 2015 Cautious Optimism Youth Unemployment and Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 Jennifer Denomy Director Youth Economic Opportunities Background Those of us working in youth economic opportunities have been reading about the increasingly alarming statistics on youth unemployment and underemployment The headlines talk about the global unemployment crisis facing youth and articles warn of the tsunami of youth unemployment and its scarring effects 1 Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi once told European trade leaders Youth unemployment is a time bomb 2 Is this exaggeration or an appropriate forecast of what s to come Here are some facts 75 million young people in the developing world are unemployed and hundreds of millions more are underemployed Every year 20 million young people enter the labour force in Africa and Asia alone In the Middle East and North Africa 80 percent of young workers work in the informal sector Youth are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed One in four young people cannot find work for more than US 1 25 a day 3 Yet global economic growth and poverty reduction over the next 15 years will have to be driven by today s youth How do we address these staggering numbers to support this population bulge in becoming economic drivers of success for tomorrow Tags Entrepreneurship Youth Unemployment Global Entrepreneurship Week Continue reading Youth in Development 1769 Hits Thursday 19 February 2015 MEDA Expert Spotlight Adam Bramm and Nicki Post Guest Perceptions Solutions for Women and Youth in Entrepreneurship MEDA s Youth Economic Opportunities team is proud to be spotlighting two of our very own MEDA experts who particpated in a Global Entrepreneurship Week GEW discussion hosted by Chemonics Adam Bramm Senior Consultant Project Manager of Women s Economic Opportunities and

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