From September 28 to 30, Making Cents International hosts its 10th Anniversary Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (#YouthEO) in Washington, D.C., convening approximately 450 participants from foundations, development agencies, government agencies, NGOs, private sector companies, and academic and research institutions.
As a summit sponsor, Chemonics hosts a booth exhibition, two breakout sessions, and two poster sessions to inspire innovative ideas for expanding and strengthening economic opportunities for youth.
The theme of this year’s summit is “Turning Points: How Do We Achieve Results and Scale in the Next Decade?” Five technical tracks guide the event: workforce development; enterprise development; financial inclusion; gender; and monitoring and evaluation, research, and learning.
In the next decade, 1 billion young people will enter the job market; the global economy must respond by creating 600 million additional jobs. The summit will provide a platform for international development actors to strategize how to bridge the gap between job demand and job supply.
Chemonics’ Abasin Nawan brings his expertise and experience in improving financial services for public and private sectors in developing countries, particularly Afghanistan, to a breakout session titled, "Credit for Youth = Hard; Credit for Youth in Conflict and Remote Areas = (Im)possible?" on Thursday, September 29, from 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Mr. Nawan is joined by Youssef Fawaz, executive director of Al Majmoua – The Lebanese Association for Development, and Tim Nourse, president of Making Cents International. The session addresses challenges of providing credit to youth, such as their lack of experience and poor access to markets, and share successful techniques used in Yemen, Lebanon, and Ethiopia.
Jim Riordan, enterprise competitiveness advisor at Chemonics, leads a breakout session on "A Cost-Effective Approach to Improving Youth Employment Outcomes.” The session, which also takes place on Thursday, September 29, from 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., explores the employment crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, and how the USAID/Tunisia Business Reform & Competitiveness Project (BRCP) is addressing the crisis with cost-effective strategies. William Baldridge, growth team leader for USAID’s Middle East Bureau, and Iskander Ben Mustapha, chief of party for BRCP, joins Mr. Riordan.
Chemonics is also presenting two summit posters on Wednesday, September 28, from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The first, “Cultivating Leveraged Partnerships: A Demand-¬Driven Approach to Increasing Economic Opportunities for Youth,” exhibits a project in Uganda expanding agriculture job opportunities for youth. The second, “Pathways to Professionalism: A Work-Based Training and Certification Scheme for the Hotel Sector in Jordan,” highlights a unique program increasing access to training and employment opportunities for youth in the Jordanian hospitality sector.
Are you attending the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit? Come join one of our sessions. Stop by the Chemonics booth and follow the summit on social media using #YouthEO.