On September 16, IDRC and partners from African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the BNP Paribas Foundation, the Agropolis Foundation, and the European Commission, will gather in Nairobi, Kenya, to celebrate the launch of the inaugural cohort of the One Planet Fellowship.
Harnessing the potential of Africa’s youth is a priority for governments and donors, but progress has been fragmented and slow. In response to that challenge, a multi-donor research initiative aims to generate new and rigorous evidence on how soft skills development and work-based learning may boost economic opportunities for youth.
An international forum for Francophone youth was held in Dakar, Senegal in mid-October, ahead of the 15th Sommet de la Francophonie to be held November 29-30, 2014. Some 250 youth debated their own futures during the two-day event organized by Senegal’s Ministry of Youth, Employment, and Promotion of Civic Values, and the National Youth Council of Senegal (NYCS), in partnership with the Initiative prospective agricole et rurale. IDRC supported the forum.