On March 31, Making Cents engaged in a discussion about the important issues facing young entrepreneurs as a featured panelist at the George Washington University School of Business Conference, "Crossroads: The Interplay of Business, Government, and the Global Economy." The university invited Making Cents to participate, and Making Cents´ Manager of Partnership Development and Communications, Stephanie Chen, served as the guest speaker. For more information about the conference, click here.
March 26-April 1, 2011: Global Entrepreneurship Week Planning Meetings in China
Whitney Harrelson, Making Cents' Associate Director of Youth Enterprise & Livelihoods Development, participated in planning meetings for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011 in Shanghai, China. Making Cents is pleased to be a partner of GEW, which is an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation. Each November during GEW, host organizations within each country coordinate a network of partners to run events that inspire and challenge both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit: www.inspiringideas.org.
March 2011: Making Cents a Top Finalist in the Knowledge Management Impact Challenge
In March, Making Cents´ knowledge exchange and partnership building work was selected as a top finalist in the USAID-sponsored Knowledge Management Impact Challenge. The Challenge is a collaborative learning process that aims to accelerate knowledge exchange around shared challenges and approaches in order to assess the impact of investments in knowledge management and learning. To that end, entrants were asked to submit case studies that highlighted their experience assessing their knowledge management activities. Making Cents´ submission, "Measuring the Impact of Learning Events and Publications," focused on Making Cents´ annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities conference and "State of the Field" publications. Click here to read the case study or to download a copy. Click here to watch presentations and other conference materials.
March 24, 2011: Making Cents' President Spoke at Youth Day during the 2011 IDB Annual Meeting in Calgary, Canada
Making Cents´ President and Founder, Fiona Macaulay, joined a distinguished panel during the IDB Board of Governors´ meeting in Calgary to engage in a lively debate and share their perspectives on how to effectively address the employment and financial needs of young people. The panel was entitled "Good Jobs Wanted: Employment and Entrepreneurship for Economic Growth" and other panelists included Julie Katzman, Executive Vice President, IDB; Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Microsoft Global Community Affairs; and Janet Longmore, President and CEO of Ottawa-based Digital Opportunity Trust, Canada. The panel was moderated by Elena Suarez, Chief, Development Communication and IDB Youth, IDB. Click here for more information.
March 2011: Youth-Inclusive Financial Services Linkage (YFS-Link) Program Course Offerings
Explore the financial services sector through a youth-inclusive lens via Making Cents' March 2011 Youth-Inclusive Financial Services Linkage (YFS-Link) Program trainings:
Market Research and Product Development for Young Clients
March 21 - March 25, 2011 Lucknow, India
Market Research and Product Development for Young Clients (Spanish)
March 21 - March 25, 2011 La Paz, Bolivia
Market Research and Product Development for Young Clients (with supplemental Training of Trainers workshop)
March 22 - March 31, 2011 Bali, Indonesia
Making A Case for Youth-Inclusive Financial Services
March 30, 2011 Washington DC, USA
For more information on these courses, visit the YFS-Link Course Description site .
March 7-8, 2011: ChildFinance Education Working Group Meeting in Paris, France
As a member of the ChildFinance Education Working Group co-chaired by OECD and UNICEF, Making Cents participated in the second ChildFinance Education meeting in Paris to help finalize the ChildFinance core curriculum content framework that will provide the basis for work in child social and financial education (CSFE) for members of the ChildFinance movement. The meeting also created the blueprint for the establishment of a curriculum assessment committee and evaluation criteria for CSFE programs in the field. Key stakeholders in CSFE worldwide meet regularly to work towards the overall goal of the ChildFinance Education Workstream - to ensure 100 million children are educated to be socially empowered and financially capable citizens by 2020 and have access to appropriate financial products and services.