Livelihoods

In Central America, A New Order Where it Pays to Live by the Rules

In the early 1980s, I crossed the border between Guatemala and Honduras illegally. I’d just attended a workshop for rural health workers in Chiquimula and wanted to hop across to visit the Mayan site in Copan.

Why Agriculture Can Be a Solution for Youth Unemployment in Africa

One approach to Africa’s youth unemployment crisis is engaging more young people in the agricultural sector. After all, Africa holds half of the world’s uncultivated arable land, with agriculture set to create stable employment for eight million people by 2020. Greater investments in the agriculture value chain could potentially add an additional six million jobs.

What Are the World’s Young People Doing? 3 Opportunities

Youth is a time for learning, studying, beginning work, and hopefully launching a career—but we know that too often there are roadblocks to success. So, what are the world's 3.72 billion young people doing? Where are the opportunities for the youth development community to mobilize in their support?

Proving Technical Training Isn't Just for Men

This post was written by a young woman who participated in the first phase of our EquipYouth initiative, through which we've been working to connect young people around the world with critical technical and life skills training.

Zhang's Decision: Life Skills in Action at a Chinese Vocational School

“Now, do you agree with Zhang’s decision?"

I’m facing the white board at the front of the classroom, and behind me a straight line of quietly whispering students in matching blue and orange uniforms stretches out to the far wall.

Seeing Tanzania's Elections from the Youth Perspective

Presidential elections took place last week in Tanzania, considered a stable presence in East Africa. While at least one media outlet has identified “youths” as causing sporadic unrest after the announcement that the incumbent party had retained power, it is important to put youth participation into context.

Vietnamese Youth Wise Beyond Their Years

On October 1, IYF, in collaboration with CSIS and Hilton Worldwide, hosted more than 80 young Vietnamese people and youth serving organizations to discuss future opportunities in Vietnam.

A Look at 4 Key Sustainable Development Goals

With 17 goals and 169 targets, the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda sets a pace for the next 15 years that's ambitious—and impossible, critics will say. As the UN prepares to adopt these Sustainable Development Goals next week, the links and overlap between four key goals highlighted by Bill Reese in 4 Reasons to Be Optimistic about the 2030 UN Agenda will be critical to their collective success.

4 Reasons To Be Optimistic About the 2030 UN Agenda

If you are concerned, as I am, about the wellbeing of today’s young people, and wonder what it will take to create a better future for them and their children, then here’s some positive news.

YouthMap Voices 2015 Event

IYF brought together young people and youth stakeholders from across the continent at the YouthMap: Learning + Collaborating + Innovating Conference in Uganda.