January 2013 Newsletter – Issue Number 7Monday, 21 January 2013 13:56
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European Commission: Entrepreneurship 2020 Action PlanMonday, 21 January 2013 12:34
Training of Facilitators, October 8-18th, Punjab, PakistanSaturday, 12 January 2013 10:54
After a successful pilot of KAB in Sindh province, the training of facilitators under KAB took place in Lahore, Punjab.
The participants came from PVTC (Punjab Vocational Training Council), PTEVTA (Punjab Technical and Vocational Training Authority), LCWU (Lahore College for Women University), COTHM (College of Tourism and Hospitality Management), and PRGTTI (Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute).
It was a standard 10-days training. The participants highly appreciated the training.
Training of Women Entrepreneurs, Nov 1-6, LahoreSaturday, 12 January 2013 10:44
A training of potential entrepreneurs took place under KAB. These entrepreneurs after having received the KAB training entered a business plan competition and presented their business plans to a panel of judges who selected the best plans and awarded cash prizes. The rest who didn't win were offered interest free loans by Akhuwat.
The title of this project was 'Khadija' under Gender Entrepreneurship for Decent Employment, a programme of the ILO office in Islamabad. The participants of this training were all women.
Women in Pakistan rewarded for innovative business plans during the Global Entrepreneurship WeekSaturday, 12 January 2013 10:26
KAB Trainer in Tanzania nominated winner of the INDIAFRICAFriday, 28 December 2012 11:42
Fasili Masalu Boniphace (KAB alumni,2011) has been nominated winner of the INDIAFRICA young visionary fellow 2011/12.
This has come as a result of promoting youth entrepreneurship and his PESA project (Project for Entrepreneurship Support Activities).The project implements KAB for out-of-school youth in Dar Es Salaam. Its plan is to run the KAB as a short course that will take up to 3 months on part time basis. As part of the course participants will have an internship with SMEs to see the real nature of how enterprises are run and managed in a local environment. The objective is to 2 enrolments each year of 30 participants each, half of which to be women. So, this will be a pilot programme of the KAB to out-of school youth in Dar es Salaam. It was also found that at least 16 in class will be school leavers, 8 college leavers and 6 university graduates in each intake.
The award will hence enable more focus on KAB in 2013 to out of school youth.
What works to create jobs for young people? The What’s Working? Competition: First round deadline 31st DecemberFriday, 28 December 2012 05:38
Youth employment is now a priority in most regions of the world. There is growing focus and investment in youth employment programs, but at the moment there is limited evidence on what works, which leads to low impact and wasted resources.
With this in mind, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) and Making Cents International have partnered up to create the What's Working? competition to find out what strategies and approaches are working and share them among the youth employment community.
The What’s Working? competition highlights success stories. Organizations who have had positive results from their youth employment projects can submit an entry form about their project, including what challenges they faced and what lessons they learned. The winners are selected through online voting, comments, and a judges panel. The winning projects will receive a monetary award of USD 800 and have their Smart Note published on the YEN Marketplace website and at the 2013 Global Youth Opportunities Conference.
The overarching focus of the competition is on rural youth and increasing opportunities in rural areas. Submissions will be accepted in any of the following 5 areas:
- Workforce Development
- Financial Services and Capabilities
- Enterprise Development
- Adolescent Girls and Young Women
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment
The deadline to enter is December 31, 2012 and public voting closes on January 6, 2013. The judges will then score the entries and announce the winners on January 23, 2013. Best of luck to all the applicants!
Yet there are 3 rounds of competition, just in case:
Round 1: September - December 2012 Round 2: January - April 2013 Round 3: May - August 2013
EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education: Deadline for application 20th December 2012Friday, 14 December 2012 08:43
Recognising Entrepreneurial Education Initiatives Across Africa
1st Prize $10,000 ~ 2nd & 3rd Prizes $5000 ~ 55 country prizes of $1000 available
The EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education is a competition initiated by Teach A Man To Fish and generously sponsored by our partner organization Educating Africa. It continues to reward organizations in Africa that use innovative and entrepreneurial techniques to fill gaps in educational services across the continent. The competition is open to all organizations based in Africa working in education, from primary through to tertiary, as well as in non-formal and adult education.
Previous winners have ranged from agricultural training initiatives, to family learning and vocational training, and even targeted international volunteering agencies – we are looking for anything and everything that combats poverty in an innovative, sustainable and effective way, so no matter how large or small your organisation, get in touch!
This year’s competition will run from 29th October, applications close on 20th December.
Click Here to know more and register
Tapping women’s entrepreneurship in GhanaTuesday, 11 December 2012 06:46
Access to credit, technology vital for breaking into manufacturing
“It has been a very long journey,” says Leticia Osafo-Addo, a business owner in Ghana. Her journey to success began nearly 30 years ago. She started off in her kitchen by making just 10 jars of black pepper sauce for friends. The chili sauce, popular in Ghana, is known as shito. Ms. Osafo-Addo’s was a success and demand for it grew.
Read the full article from UN Africa Renewal Magazine here
To be young and profitable in PeruTuesday, 11 December 2012 06:39
There are nearly 450,000 young people without jobs in Peru. They represent more than two thirds of the country's unemployed and of the 5 million young people who do have work, many are in 'precarious' conditions, without social benefits or job security. So instead of looking for a job, many young Peruvians prefer to looking toward themselves and starting their own businesses.