The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit 2015

Deadline: 5 October 2015

Making Cents International is inviting youths for The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit 2015  in order to provide a demand-driven Knowledge Management (KM) platform to build the capacity of positive youth development stakeholders worldwide to design, implement, and evaluate high-impact youth economic opportunity programs, policies, and partnerships.

The Summit will be organized from 6th October to 8th October 2015 at Arlington, United States.

Participants will be offered an interactive session on exposure to the theory and practice of human-centered design (HCD) and design thinking methodologies. They will get through exercises to expose the most critical unmet needs and behavioral patterns of unemployed youth, generate fresh ideas using lateral thinking methods, and conceptualize solutions that are innovative and market-viable.

The platform anchors five interconnected and mutually supporting activities:

  • Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit
  • Meeting of Funders
  • Communities of Practice & Learning Products
  • Webinars
  • Online Learning Hub

Theme of the Summit

“Scale in Practice” is the theme of the 2015 Summit composed of five technical tracks:

  1. Workforce Development
  2. Enterprise Development
  3. Financial Inclusions
  4. Gender
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants from any country are eligible to apply for the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit 2015.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply by registering online through the given website.

For more information, please visit Summit 2015.


European Funding for building Skills and increasing Employment in Low-Income Countries

Under the ‘Investing in People: Education; Knowledge and Skills,’ the European Commission (EC) has issued a call for proposals for “Developing Technical and Vocational Education and Training Methodologies and Services for the Informal Economy.” EC’s Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) earlier supported just those involved in the formal economy system. However, under this funding program, it is extending this to informal workers under its broader approach of reducing poverty and contributing to human development. The current call is specifically for addressing the training gaps and needs of the people in poor and developing countries.

“Informal economy,” according to proposal guidelines, “is often casual, irregular or seasonal implying frequent changes of workplaces and employers. Informal workers experience often poor working conditions such as long working hours, high level of health hazards or lack of social security usually accompanied with poor earnings, low productivity, and lack of legal protection. Disadvantaged groups such as women, youth, people with HIV/AIDS, persons with disabilities, indigenous people and migrant workers are overrepresented in the informal economy.”

Projects that will provide appropriate training programmes to those involved in the informal economy sector so that they can have better access to employment, improve their productivity and increase their incomes can be funded by the EC under this call. Projects should adopt flexible training approaches, adopting a participatory mode and contributing towards sustainable skills and linking the informal economy with formal education system. Some of the activities that can be included have been suggested as follows:

  • training activities for the informal economy,
  • development of methodologies and curricula,
  • support for capacity-building to informal TVET actors,
  • identification and planning activities, including needs assessment,
  • development of information systems relevant to the design of demand-driven TVET for the informal economy,
  • ‘partner learning’ activities (seminars, meetings, exchange of information and practices) for the exchange of best practice.

Only concept notes have to be submitted by the applicants initially. PADOR registration is required for all applicants. The deadline to submit the concept notes is 25 January 2010. For more, visit this link.

More US Funding for NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa

The Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (NEA/PI), Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the US Department of State has announced an open competition for foreign and US-based NGOs under the “Youth Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Program Announcement.” The program will engage youths by supporting their economic opportunities and building new partnerships to address issues such as unemployment in the region. Projects that involve youths in an entrepreneurial manner such as “entrepreneurial skill-building, idea generation, business incubation, competition, access to capital, access to employment, and development of entrepreneurship networks (including possibly virtual networks) to connect entrepreneurs with each other as well as with a broader range of stake-holders” can be proposed under this funding program. “Projects should encourage innovation and creativity – in both new and traditional sectors. Projects may also support the development of social entrepreneurship, applying business-like efficiency, innovation, and sustainability to tackling pressing social problems. NEA/PI seeks applications that would address the varying status of entrepreneurship in the economies of the region: those that have significant economic resources or are well developed in some respects but are still building a local culture of entrepreneurship, those without significant economic resources that must use entrepreneurship to tap into comparative advantages and create niche markets, and those that fall somewhere in between these two poles. Most responsive projects will address the needs of economies and populations that lack strong traditions of entrepreneurship and will specify how and where they will have the greatest impact, particularly with respect to youth (defined for purposes of this RFA as males and females from 16 to 35 years of age).”

A total amount of $2,250,000 Economic Support Funds has been allocated for funding under this program. All submissions have to be made through the website for which prior registration is necessary for all applicants. Applicants registering for the first time need to prepare the proposal at least 10 days ahead of the deadline as registration time can be lengthy at times. The last date to submit application is 20 November 2009. For more information, visit this link.

733 Proposals for the African Diaspora Marketplace

The African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM) is a unique initiative of involving the African Diaspora community in the United States for the improvement of the economic conditions of the poor people in Africa. Recently, a lot of focus in the international development arena has been on remittances and the role of migrant workers for the upliftment of the poor in developing and least developed countries and many innovative programs have been launched in this context. The ADM believes that the African diaspora can make substantial contribution towards eradicating poverty and unemployment in the Sub-Saharan region through an enterprise-based approach. For this, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Western Union requested proposals this year under ADM from organizations which can effectively mobilize investments from the Diaspora community for small and medium enterprises in the African region that could further lead to improvement in the economic and living conditions of the poorest people. USAID has announced that it has received an overwhelming response for this call by receiving more than seven hundred proposals. Although each proposal is expected to be innovative addressing the issues, however funding will be limited to some 10-20 projects only. It will be a tough competition for the finalists. The funding is around US $50,000-100,000 which has to be leveraged with a matching grant from the investments mobilized from the Diaspora community. The marketplace is sponsored jointly the USAID and the Western Union. Since the project demands the role of migrant workers, the presence of Western Union is no surprise. The final grantees under this program will be announced in October 2009.

13 August 2009