Social Innovation

Bee Farming & Other Social Innovations Worth Investing In

Georgetown University graduate students analyze the assets and investment opportunities of youth-led social ventures in a new YouthActionNet® case study series. 

3 Reasons Why DFID's New Youth Agenda is Spot On

By placing youth at the center of its work, DFID's new policy serves as a model for businesses, philanthropies, international NGOs, and others looking to invest in sustainable solutions to a host of global challenges. 

MSA LEAD to Support & Celebrate South Africa's Young Leaders

Young social entrepreneurs across South Africa offer a new story of hope and change. To celebrate and support their role as leaders and innovators, IYF has partnered with Monash South Africa (MSA) and Laureate International Universities to launch the MSA LEAD program.

A Young Entrepreneur Brings Language-Learning to Brazil’s Favelas

When bad news strikes, sometimes it’s hard to see past it. Such was the case this week when Brazil’s deepening political and economic crisis all but eclipsed news of the arrival in Rio of the flame that will light the way to the 2016 Summer Olympics. But it’s just at these times when it helps to focus on positive stories of what’s working and why. Gustavo Reis, the 23-year-old founder of 4YOU2, is one of those stories.

How We Set Out to Strengthen 65 Youth-Led Ventures but Ended up Building a Movement

Over the past five years, I’ve seen transformative change in the lives of Jordan’s young change-makers and those their work impacts. But last spring, as Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania shook hands with BADIR fellows, I knew our initiative had reached a new level.

Young Solarpreneurs Powering the Future

On a hot April day in the Tanzanian city of Moshi, located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Adam Camenzuli is celebrating the arrival of 4,000 solar lighting kits. In a nation where 85 percent of people lack access to electricity, the kits will put Adam, Co-founder of KARIBU Solar Power, one step closer to his dream of making solar lighting available to rural communities across Africa who can’t afford it.

NYT Gets it Wrong with “Too Many Young People”

As people who dedicate our days to positive youth development, IYF staff immediately felt the headline rubbed us the wrong way. “The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People,” which recently ran in The New York Times, enumerates multiple development challenges without acknowledging good news, possible solutions, or any other perspective. As the story lingered in ours minds, IYF Program Manager Lisa Jones penned a response, which ran last week on Devex.

Khalida Brohi, Advancing the Rights of Women in Pakistan

By all accounts, women’s rights advocate and social entrepreneur Khalida Brohi is having an amazing year. The 27-year-old was recently honored as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in Asia, and will be presented this month with the inaugural Buffett Institute Award for Emerging World Leaders.

3 Lessons for Fostering the Growth of Young Women Entrepreneurs

At first glance, exceptional data can often appear quite ordinary. For example, in 2015, slightly more young women than men applied to our national YouthActionNet® institute in Mexico, Premio UVM para el Desarrollo Social.

Sheldon Smith, Champion of Young Fathers & CNN Hero

As a young parent who never had the chance to develop a relationship with his own father, Sheldon Smith founded the Dovetail Project in 2010. He was all of 21....