Commissioned by Microsoft, Making Cents offers this framework to support development of a common language and greater understanding of the unique role that each stakeholder can play in the youth workforce development field. This Global Landscape Review is designed to inform and augment Microsoft’s YouthSpark program. Download here.
To accompany this launch, Making Cents International’s Founder & CEO published an op-ed on Devex titled, Technology Skills Training Critical for Low-Income Youth. Read here.
Updates from the Field
HAITI: Feed the Future Partnership: Northern Corridor
As a subcontractor to DAI under this USAID project, Making Cents is building local capacity in various agricultural value chains, while ensuring that women and vulnerable populations are present and active in these value chains. This month, two Making Cents staff members will travel to Cap Haitien to move forward gender inclusion and Micro & Small Enterprise engagement strategies in project activities.
Making Cents’ Gender Advisor is conducting on-going gender inclusion activities under the AVANSE project. This will involve meeting with project teams to discuss gender inclusion strategies for specific activities and holding a workshop for project staff on the gender inclusion approach.
Making Cents’ Senior Micro and Small Enterprise Development Specialist is meeting with AVANSE stakeholders to determine how Micro & Small Enterprises can strengthen agricultural markets within the project. Making Cents will present options to the AVANSE project team, explain potential impacts, and how they could be monitored. AVANSE senior staff will consider these options to identify the best way to engage micro and small enterprises. Read More.
LEBANON: Industry Value Chain Development Program
Despite significant natural resources and advantages, many Lebanese products and services suffer from a lack of competitiveness. As a subcontractor to DAI under this project, LIVCD, Making Cents is supporting efforts to assist the Lebanese private sector and selected NGOs and Foundations to improve the competitiveness of selected value chains in rural areas of Lebanon.
To upgrade the NGO's institutional capacity, training focuses on 3 key areas: (i) project design, (ii) project implementation, and (iii) project management and reporting. The program also assesses and addresses specific needs of participating NGO’s.
This month, Making Cents’ interactive training delivery specialist is developing the capacity of an external service provider to deliver LIVCD’s NGO Capacity Building. This will take stress off of the project team, while allowing for a greater number of NGO’s to benefit from capacity building trainings on behalf of LIVCD. Read More.
EGYPT: IFAD Rural Youth Financial Services Program
Under the IFAD agreement, Making Cents International is supporting PLAN Egypt’s objective of helping deliver youth savings and loan products, enhanced by access to enterprise development services through Youth Savings Groups (YSG) in rural areas of lower and Upper Egypt.
The project has adapted the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) model for youth, collaborated with Making Cents on the development of an enterprising life skills curriculum, and launched both the savings group and training components of the program.
To build skills and insure quality standards at all levels, Making Cents has developed Master Coaches who can train tens or hundreds of savings group leaders. The Master Coaches develop and coach savings group leaders to present the curriculum to young people through a coaching model.
This month, a Making Cents Master Trainer will meet with Enterprise Your Life Master Coaches to provide follow-on coaching and support. Enterprise Your Life Curriculum coaches in the field will be observed and Making Cents will facilitate discussion groups afterwards to gain feedback on the curriculum and training.
Making Cents will observe an Enterprise Your Life refresher course and meet with PLAN project staff to discuss monitoring and learning. Focus will be placed on adapting the VSLA methodology to youth and rolling out the life-skills training. Learning from these meetings will contribute to a future learning report for the IFAD program. Read More.
NIGERIA: Support to Vulnerable Households for Accelerated Revenue Earnings (SHARE)
Building off of the Enterprise Your Life curriculum developed for use in Youth Savings Groups under IFAD support for PLAN Egypt, Making Cents has designed a new program called “Enterprise Your Household.” Making Cents’ Capacity Building and Curriculum Specialist is in Sokoto to test this new curriculum.
SHARE’s overall mission is to 42,000 households in three Nigerian states to increase agricultural production and incomes to provide better nutrition for their children.
Feedback and findings from curriculum testing with trainers and target beneficiaries will contribute to the final curriculum package for the SHARE project. Read More
Citi Foundation Partners with Making Cents International's 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit and Knowledge Management Platform
Making Cents is looking forward to partnering with the Citi Foundation to promote the benefits of increasing investment within the workforce development space, as well as expanding employment opportunities for urban young people worldwide. The Citi Foundation joins Microsoft, Hilton Worldwide, USAID and RTI International as a leading sponsor for our 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit.
Making Cents International is a Partner on a Winning ABE: ACCESS Consortium
Making Cents International is a member of the consortium led by Creative Associates International recently awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for the Advancing Basic Education: Access for All (ABE: ACCESS) program. Managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), ABE:ACCESS will establish a world-wide support mechanism to USAID Missions and Bureaus in addressing their education objectives in environments that may be, or have been affected, by crisis, fragility, lawlessness, and/ or conflict. Making Cents International will provide support to the crosscutting program issue, Youth Programming, focusing on entrepreneurship and financial services curriculum development, training, enterprise development, business skills, and institutional capacity building.
Technical Brief Published: "Youth, Technology & Economic Opportunities - Lessons Learned and Actionable Guidance"
Co-authored by Philip Auerswald of George Mason University and Fiona Macaulay, Making Cents International’s Founder and CEO, this technical brief shares global trends and innovations that highlight technology’s potential for moving the needle on youth employment worldwide. Learn how diverse technology-based tools and organizations are leading to more jobs and business prospects for young people, and how various actors can increase the range and quality of economic opportunities for youth through their funding, research, and ingenuity.
Making Cents International extends sincere thanks to the Citi Foundation for its generous support of the 2013 YouthTech initiative, and in particular, Jasmine Thomas. We also thank the contributors to YouthTech for generously sharing their experience, insight and visions for the future.
“Youth, Technology & Economic Opportunities” has been developed by Making Cents International’s Collaborative Learning & Action Institute for Increased Youth Economic Opportunities (CoLab) and forms part of our 2014 State of the Field in Youth Economic Opportunities Technical Brief Series. Download here.
Technical Brief Published: "Gender & Youth Economic Opportunities - Lessons Learned and Actionable Guidance"
Sex and gender play a central role in shaping economic opportunities for Adolescent Girls & Young Women (AGYW) and therefore a gender lens is needed to address related constraints and opportunities to determine when gender-specific versus gender-integrated programs are the most appropriate. Making Cents International’s 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference highlighted the now almost universal awareness of the importance of focusing on gender within youth economic opportunities programming.
Making Cents International expresses its sincere gratitude to The MasterCard Foundation for its partnership on the production of these technical briefs, and for advancing knowledge and practice in the youth economic opportunities field. We also extend our thanks to all presenters who contributed to this learning publication at the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference.
This technical brief has been developed by Making Cents International’s Collaborative Learning & Action Institute for Increased Youth Economic Opportunities (CoLab) and forms part of our 2014 State of the Field in Youth Economic Opportunities Technical Brief Series. Download here.
Making Cents Selected as Exhibitor for the Innovation Marketplace at USAID's Frontiers in Development Forum
On September 18-19, 2014, USAID's second Frontiers in Development Forum will engage a dynamic community of global thought leaders and development practitioners to address the question: How will we eradicate extreme poverty by 2030? The Innovation Marketplace will be open to a broad audience and it will feature dynamic exhibits and its own Innovation Stage to showcase new ideas for reaching and aiding the extreme poor and to engage participants in more intimate problem-solving settings. Come and visit us in the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC! Learn more.
Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance, 17th Microcredit Summit Campaign
Making Cents International will lead a workshop on "Successful Product Development and Delivery for the Next Generation& at the Microcredit Summit, which takes place in Merida, Mexico from September 3-5. Learn more.
“Advancing the FIELD” Conference: USAID-funded Meeting on Global Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Growth
Making Cents International’s Founder & CEO, Fiona Macaulay and President, Tim Nourse, will both speak at “Advancing the FIELD,” a USAID-funded meeting, taking place in Washington DC September 11-12, 2014.
As part of the Vocational Services track, Ms. Macaulay, along with representatives from NetHope and Microsoft, will explore global technology trends and the importance of digital skills to youth seeking employment. This session will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 12.
Tim Nourse, President of Making Cents International delves into the key role that technology plays in youth financial inclusion programs. Three trends in technology are revolutionizing finance and in particular our ability to include unserved groups, especially youth in the formal financial sector. They are: Mobility - or the ability to remain connected wherever we are, Ubiquity - where we all have access to high-powered tools (software) and Big Data - where number crunching programs enable analysis at an unprecedented scale. While these trends will have an impact across all spheres of development, they can be harnessed in particular to promote financial inclusion, especially for youth. Tim will speak at 3:30 on Thursday, September 11. Read more.