Making Cents recently took part in the 2012 Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference by presenting on ways to make entrepreneurship curricula accessible and relevant to young people. At the event, YFS-Link Program Manager, Rathi Mani, spoke to colleagues about Making Cents´ experience in developing and tailoring entrepreneurship curricula to be interactive and applicable to youth in Palestine and Liberia. The 2012 CIES conference focused on the "education revolution", its legacy, current challenges, and promises for the future. For information about CIES, visit: http://www.cies.us/home.htm.
April 17, 2012: Conversations that Build and Strengthen Youth Economic Opportunities
On April 17, Hidde van der Veer, Executive Director of Aflatoun, and Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, Director of the Microsavings and Payments Innovation Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action came to Making Cents and presented on the recently completed rigorous evaluation of Aflatoun´s school-based financial education program for youth in Ghana.
Ms. Ratan focused her presentation on how IPA uses randomized controlled trials to evaluate the theory of change of development programs such as Aflatoun, using survey methodology to measure the outcomes of interest. She also presented results from the evaluation, which showed that both programs successfully increasing student savings and shifted savings to school. Ms. Ratan and Mr. van der Veer then led participants in a discussion on the role of incorporating social components in a financial literacy curriculum aimed at youth.
Weren´t able to attend? Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation. Click here to watch a 10-minute video of key take-aways from the event. To view Tweets from the learning event, please visit: https://twitter.com/#!/MakingCentsIntl.
April 2, 2012: New "State of the Field" Publication Now Available to Download
Review the outcomes and impact of the 2011 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Click here for a free download of this practical, "go-to" resource featuring learning from over 80 leading organizations that are working to increase and improve economic opportunities for young people around the world. Topics include:
Financial Services and Capabilities
Youth Enterprise Development
Adolescent Girls & Young Women
Monitoring, Evaluation, & Impact Assessment
Forward the link to others who might also find this resource useful: http://www.youtheconomicopportunities.org/media.asp