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  • Nigeria
    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 Nigeria Thursday 21 May 2015 Assessing micro finance institutions in Cross River State Keisha Thomas Senior Technical Advisor Financial Inclusion YouLead Project This blog is an update on the previous entry on the Financial Inclusion for Nigerian Youth dated February 9 2015 MEDA is partnering with Cuso International to improve financial inclusion for youth in Nigeria The project titled Youth Leadership Entrepreneurship Access and Development YouLead works with young women and men in Cross River State Nigeria Tags Financial Inclusion Cuso International Nigeria YouLead Microfinance Institution Recent Comments Guest Mark Akpan Big thumbs up to MEDA Farah and Keisha for pioneering this laudable initiative on the YouLead Project in partnership with Cuso I Read More Sunday 31 May 2015 09 23 Guest Farah Chandani Thanks for your hard work Mark and support to both Keisha and I Friday 05 June 2015 13 37 Continue reading Youth in Development 2578 Hits 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

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/nigeria (2016-02-17)
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  • Global Entrepreneurship Week
    Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Global Entrepreneurship Week 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

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/global-entrepreneurship-week (2016-02-17)
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  • Economic Empowerment
    youth stated forty nine year old Faiza Al Shgair who until June last year 2014 was a single mother struggling to raise her daughters in Tripoli Faiza is a graduate of the USAID Libya Women Economic Empowerment LWEE project and the winner of one of the matching grants awards She won USD 13 000 to work on getting her catering business Almawasm running Tags Women in Development Economic Opportunities Economic Empowerment Women s Economic Opportunities Continue reading Women s Economic Empowerment 1761 Hits Tuesday 11 August 2015 Empowering Women Changing Lives Christine Faveri Director Women s Economic Opportunities MEDA s Women s Economic Opportunities team knows how money in the hands of a woman can change lives This blog has been created to share the learnings ideas and the insights from our projects that excite and energize us in our work Our team has close to a decade of experience working alongside women producers and entrepreneurs to grow their incomes and businesses We support them in strengthening their business and leadership skills and help to build social business and financial networks To date we have worked with over 100 000 women and have learned much along the way We designed and piloted new methodologies for empowering and connecting women entrepreneurs to markets in Pakistan and Afghanistan In recent years we have adapted and expanded our women s economic empowerment programming into Ghana Libya Haiti and Burma Myanmar New projects will be starting soon in Jordan and Ethiopia that will challenge us to work at different levels in the market system We continue to work at innovating new information communication technology ICT and appropriate technology solutions for women and on building our private sector and university partnerships Share and contribute MEDA values the learning that we gain from working with others

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/2015-08-11-17-31-29 (2016-02-17)
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  • Myanmar
    assignment for a large INGO was to study three separate markets in the country s central dry zone I looked at goats groundnuts and plums The latter seemingly banal as a crop turned out to be the more exciting of the three A plum farmer could channel the components of her plums to five separate markets from dried fertilizer to juice to fire fuel and Chinese medicine Tags Myanmar Women s Economic Opportunities Gender Equality Continue reading Women s Economic Empowerment 1051 Hits Wednesday 30 September 2015 Opportunities for ICT Innovations in Myanmar Sashi Selvendran As Myanmar slowly opens its doors to the world can it also leapfrog some of the biggest failures in development One of MEDA s newest projects to launch in Asia is in Myanmar also referred to as Burma A country in the midst of transition and change is slowly reducing barriers to foreign trade and influence and opening its once closed borders to global firms Myanmar now finds itself in the crossroads at the 21 st century s technology boom with global powerhouse neighbours such as India and China the country has a unique opportunity to learn and apply lessons learned in the entry to a globalized economy and marketplace Managing the economic boom that will result with the influx of capital and infrastructure to ensure equitable distribution and equal access to new opportunities is no small challenge And many international donors such as the Canadian Government are seeking to provide support by facilitating economic growth in less developed areas such as the country s ethnic states MEDA s project funded by DFATD focuses on reaching 25 000 women farmers and entrepreneurs in two of these states Southern Shan and Kayin MEDA plans to increase access to these new opportunities in rural areas of the

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/myanmar (2016-02-17)
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  • Saving
    Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Saving 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 03 March 2015 Saving s the Future Elena Mizrokhi Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Savings has been lauded as one of the strongest levers of financial inclusion Grounding itself in this scholarship from the outset of the project YouthInvest has made savings one of the pillars of its financial inclusion strategy in Morocco YouthInvest has encouraged youth to save by providing them with training on financial education as well as enabling them to access a low minimum balance savings account made possible through a partnership with Al Barid Bank

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/saving (2016-02-17)
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  • Financial Service Providers
    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 Financial Service Providers Sunday 14 June 2015 Praxis Series Entry 3 Is there a business case for youth services We think so Nicki Post Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities Youth under the age of 30 comprise over 50 of the global population However when thinking about offering financial services targeted at this age group financial service providers FSPs often overlook this up tapped reservoir particularly in rural areas MEDA s YouthInvest project worked closely with Moroccan Microfinance Institutions MFIs Fondation Ardi Attadamoune and INMAA to explore questions around the feasibility of integrating youth into their portfolios and whether this made good business sense Through intensive discussions with MFI management and tailored frontline staff training we discussed the benefits of working with youth as well designing new financial credit products that would enhance the MFIs bottom line Tags Financial Inclusion Morocco Praxis

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/financial-service-providers (2016-02-17)
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  • Youth Unemployment
    Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid 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 Youth Unemployment 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

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/youth-unemployment (2016-02-17)
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  • IDW2016
    MEDA Ambassadors 20 under 35 MEDA Chapters Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference Ways to Give Donate today Gift Solutions Catalogue Planned Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid 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 IDW2016 Friday 12 February 2016 Approach with Humility Reflections for International Development Week Jennifer Denomy Director Youth Economic Opportunities I had the great privilege of seeing writer and journalist Nina Munk deliver a keynote address at the recent International Forum put on by WUSC and CECI I d read her book The Idealist last year and found it very thought provoking and perhaps surprisingly for a book on foreign aid a genuine page turner Tags International Development Week IDW2016 Youth Economic Opportunities Continue reading Youth in Development 57 Hits Youth Connect Youth Connect Youth News Intern Blogs YC Incentives for First Time Donors You re Hired Book Contact Youth Connect

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/idw2016 (2016-02-17)
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