Monday, August 2, 2010

2010 Global Youth Enterprise & Livelihoods Development Conference, USA


Of the world's 1.5 billion people who are between 12 and 24 years old, 1.3 billion of them live in developing countries. Young people comprise far more than 50 percent of some countries' populations, and other countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, the Republic of Yemen, and many in Sub-Saharan Africa will not experience their youth population peak for another 20 years. The stability of governments, the growth of economies, and the development of social sectors are directly impacted by the well-being of youth.

How can we achieve poverty reduction, and contribute to economic and social development if we do not meet the needs of young people?

HIV/AIDS is decimating the knowledge and skill base in many communities, leaving young entrepreneurs without traditional mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities. The number of youth-headed households and orphans is steadily increasing. The majority of those infected by HIV & AIDS is under 25.

Conflict and war are similarly disrupting formal and traditional learning systems, and are causing high numbers of youth-headed households and orphaned children. In addition, unemployed youth are increasingly vulnerable to recruitment into armies and terrorist movements.

In many rural and poverty-stricken areas, youth with limited opportunities are drawn into quick-return, environmentally-destructive activities, such as charcoal burning or forest clearing, in order to find new land to farm.
In urban areas, youth who have grown up in economically-depressed households or as homeless children often resort to illegal entrepreneurial activities, such as drug trading, theft, human trafficking, and violent crime. Many are also susceptible to becoming involved in youth gangs.

Young women, with few economic alternatives, are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, human trafficking and early pregnancy.
Youth unemployment is on the rise. In many parts of the world, youth are about 3 times as likely as adults to be unemployed. The ILO estimates that at least 400 million new jobs will have to be created to take advantage of the productive potential of today’s youth population.

2010 Conference Tracks

After an extensive global consultation with stakeholders in this field, the following themes have been identified as priority areas for the field this year and thus will comprise the conference's tracks:

1) Workforce Development
2) Youth-Inclusive Financial Services & Financial Capabilities
3) Monitoring, Evaluation & Impact Assessment
4) Youth Enterprise Development
5) Adolescent Girls & Young Women

Today's global youth population is at a historical high of more than 1.5 billion. At a time when 89 percent of these young people live in developing countries, many are unable to secure decent work, as youth are on average three times as likely to be unemployed as adults. In the last ten years, the world's youth population grew by 10.5 percent while youth employment only grew by 0.2 percent. The International Labour Organization is also estimating that another 1 billion young people will enter the world's labor market within the next ten years. It is highly unlikely enough jobs will be created to employ the number of young jobseekers who will enter the labor market this decade.

The world is experiencing a youth employment crisis. It is critical that a multi-sectoral global community identifies and pursues innovative approaches for increasing and improving economic opportunities for young people.

With this backdrop, Making Cents International will convene practitioners, donors, educators, researchers, policymakers, youth entrepreneurs, and other partners in youth enterprise, employment, and livelihoods development for the 2010 Global Youth Enterprise & Livelihoods Development Conference. Conference participants are part of a growing community committed to investing in young people and the innovations necessary to ensure programs and policies achieve greater impact, sustainability, and scale. Making Cents supports this community regularly meeting to share lessons learned, promising practices, and new ideas that build entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for young people.


Registration Deadline: 1 September 2010

Contact Information:

Whitney Harrelson

Global Youth Enterprise & Livelihoods Development Conference Director

1155 30th Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20007 - U.S.A.
Tel. + 1 202-783-4090
Fax. +1 202-783-4091

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Skype address: whitney.b.harrelson

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