These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
“Attention in the development sector has shifted sharply towards two areas over the past couple of years: youth and employment. While the huge increase in some countries' 15-24 year old population offers an opportunity for catalysing change and bringing in fresh ideas and new energy, many are grappling with the challenge of providing young people with meaningful work opportunities and concerned about the growing number of youth who are disillusioned about their futures.
The ILO reported that 74.8 million youth between 15 and 24 years were unemployed in 2011, an increase of more than 4 million since 2007. Globally, the youth unemployment rate is almost 13%, and youth are nearly three times as likely as adults to be unemployed. In some countries there are no jobs. In others, there is a skills mismatch and with some quality soft and hard skills training and support, young people could be ready for existing, unfilled jobs.” READ MORE
Why International Development is like Fantasy Football
“I am Stephen Davenport and this year I took a stab at fantasy football, which is like other fantasy sports (FIFA Soccer, Baseball, etc.), where you select individual players using statistics and form virtual teams that compete each week against other virtual teams in a pseudo league. It's for sports fanatics.
I was always skeptical on how "fun" that would be given that I played football myself in high school and am naturally hesitant to use pure statistics to predict winners and losers in competitive sports. Even so, I set up a league, read up on the rules, asked around and enlisted 7-8 of my college friends to join my league. As the "commissioner" I held unlimited power. We had a blast, I got crushed.” READ MORE
“In 2011, Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter – the king of business gurus – put forward a radical proposition to global corporations.
“Businesses must reconnect company success with social progress,” he wrote in the Harvard Business Review. “Shared value is not social responsibility, philanthropy, or even sustainability, but a new way to achieve economic success. It is not on the margin of what companies do but at the center.”
“We believe that it can give rise to the next major transformation of business thinking,” he boldly pronounced.” READ MORE
The Girl Effect
Social media for girls: The potential is explosive
“Social media is a powerful tool in today's world - it connects people across continents and has affected massive social and cultural change. I believe that for girls in particular, the potential it holds is explosive.
Working as a female entrepreneur in Nigeria, I've been able to see first-hand how using it smartly is one of the best ways to overcome communication barriers. This week, I'll be at Social Media Week Lagos, discussing how social media has the power to change the lives of adolescent girls. As part of the ' Mobilize! Social Media For Social Change' event hosted by Girl Effect, I'll be debating how tools like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have given Nigerian girls the opportunity to use social media to take part in the global development dialogue.” READ MORE
“Last week I had the pleasure of attending Global Financial Integrity’s panel discussion and book launch for Laurence Cockcroft’s Global Corruption: Money, Power, and Ethics in the Modern World.
The panel, which included my professor at Georgetown, Lester Myers, Michael Hershman of the Fairfax Group, Raymond Baker of GFI and Mr. Cockcroft, covered a range of topics. I cover here a few of the high points.
The purpose of my book is to look beneath the surface of global corruption.” READ MORE
Center for Global Development
Development Drums Episode 36: Accountability and Openness
“In this episode, Owen speaks with two guests: Rakesh Rajani, a Tanzanian civil society leader who currently leads Twaweza (meaning ‘we can make it happen’ in Swahili), and Martin Tisné, director of policy at Omidyar Network.
This is the first of three episodes of Development Drums which look at the relationship between effective and accountable states, active citizenship and development.” READ MORE