Governments Must Recognize the Importance of the Youth

October 07, 2020

In 2015, world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly agreed to 17 goals for a better world. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the aim is to meet these objectives by the year 2030 in a bid to end poverty, achieve gender equality, ensure access to quality education,...

Make Way for Generation Z in the Workplace

January 27, 2019

Members of Generation Z are entering the workforce, and they are different than those who came before them. As a group, they are “sober, industrious and driven by money,” reports The Wall Street Journal, but also “socially awkward and timid about taking the reins.” They are risk-averse...

Economic Conditions Lead Youth to Join the Islamic State

February 19, 2015

The key to fighting the Islamic State is economic stability and jobs for young people. Thousands of Jordanians, including Queen Rania, took to the streets of Amman on February 6. They were protesting the burning alive of Jordanian fighter pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh by the Islamic State (IS) and...

In the Midst of a Revolution, The X Factor Meets The Apprentice

February 11, 2015

How do you tackle social and environmental problems and make money at the same time? Tired of reality TV shows focusing on Kim Kardashian or some other pointless celebrity? Ever think reality TV could be a little deeper? Thankfully, you’re not alone. A groundbreaking, new “edutainment,”...

Tunisian Youth Must Not Be Left Out of the Transition Process

October 24, 2014

A low youth turnout at the elections may express discontent that could lead to the kind of instability that ignited the revolution. Tunisia’s parliamentary and presidential elections, scheduled for October 26 and November 23, come at a critical juncture in the country’s advance...

Iman Bibars: Youth Employment in North Africa (Part 1/2)

With the second youngest population in the world, what confronts youth in North Africa’s job market? The dire economic situation in North Africa moved into the spotlight when Mohammed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian fruit vendor, set himself alight on December 17, 2010, sparking revolts that shook...

The Youth of the Middle East: Looking for Change

September 05, 2014

The Middle East is more than just bombs and bullets. I recall hearing a professor who once said that “nothing interesting happens in the Middle East.” Ironically, his comment came in November 2010, a month before Arab youth rose up and demanded change, triggering an unprecedented wave of...

Africa Yoga Project: Inspiring Youth to Achieve Greatness

August 29, 2014

Using the practice of yoga, AYP aims to create opportunities for African youth to become leaders in their communities. Paige Elenson, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Africa Yoga Project, is committed to creating the future market leaders of Africa’s currently untapped wellness industry. Using the...

Yoga in Africa: Transforming Young Minds, Hearts and Livelihoods

August 23, 2014

The Africa Yoga Project provides young Africans with an opportunity to become leaders and positive change agents. “Wellness” is a multifaceted and multi-billion dollar industry in many countries across the West. While holistic approaches to mental and physical health are not new to...

Youth in Africa: Pursuing Talents Informed by Market Dynamics

August 06, 2014

It is time for graduates and the youth to take the lead in ensuring they have the skills needed for today’s economy. In many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, it takes a family fortune to send a child to school. So many parents cut firewood, sell drinking water and perform other labor-intensive...

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