Livelihoods

In Kenya, The Woman Who Plans to be Foreman

Linnet isn't listening to anyone else's opinion of her choice to pursue a career in Kenya's growing construction sector.

Access to Finance for Young Entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe

When nearly three-quarters of the country lives in poverty, it’s not a lack of ideas or drive that can hold back young business owners. It becomes a question of money.

Changing the Odds for Palestinian Youth

The result of six years of work, this infographic offers a snapshot of the ‘continuum of care’ now available to guide Palestinian students as they consider their career goals and the steps needed to achieve them.

Tackling Youth Unemployment in Jordan through Apprenticeships

IYF joined forces with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to link unemployed, at risk, and vulnerable youth between the ages of 16 and 24 to informal apprenticeship opportunities in five governorates in Jordan

At Launch, New Devex Youth Channel Describes Urgent ‘Youth Spring’

Focus on: Youth serves as a new platform for positive youth development news and stories. Available on the Devex website, the channel launches in partnership IYF, The MasterCard Foundation, CSIS, and Devex.

4 Ways to Drive Youth Economic Opportunities in Indonesia

For me, getting the numbers right—particularly when they are measuring young people’s wellbeing—is critically important to how we shape meaningful youth development programs and strategies. Unfortunately, statistics around youth employment, perhaps the most significant indicator of whether a young person will lead a productive and successful life, may not paint an accurate or complete picture.

The Phone Call Every Program Manager Hopes to Get

The call came while I was in a meeting. My mind was on the group discussions as I stepped out of the room and distractedly answered, “Hello, how can I help you?” The connection was bad, every other word barely audible. Amidst the lost phrases, I was able to piece together “My name is Clerina - I benefited from IYF’s CYEP program - and I am calling to say thank you.”

Nonprofits & Tech Companies Share This Goal

For decades, nonprofits have been talking about how to use technology effectively. While the tools and platforms have kept evolving—CD-ROMs are ancient relics, having a website has become a standard part of doing business, and new buzzwords abound—technology companies’ outlooks seem to be changing too.

The First Step to Successful Mixed Livelihoods in Africa

Even 25 years ago young people in Sub-Saharan Africa had started turning their backs on their parents’ traditional agriculture-based work and lives for what they saw as more exciting and lucrative opportunities in the big city.

I Went to Take Pictures, But What I Saw Changed My Perspective on Baltimore

A few weeks ago I was invited to tag along as the photographer on a site visit to Year Up Baltimore, the local branch of a professional job training corps for young people in 17 U.S. cities. Partners from our EquipYouth initiative were visiting from as far as Brazil and South Africa, and they were eager to exchange experiences and information with this organization that trains Baltimore’s youth in ways that parallel their own work and what IYF does. And me? As a long-time resident who loves this city for better or worse, I was curious to see Year Up’s impact here.