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Youth Leadership and Voice in Post 2015: UN Resolution 2250

It is not new knowledge that half of the world’s population is made up of persons under the age of 35, the majority of whom are youth older than 15. As the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals near, the world will be responsible for achieving sustainable development within only fifteen years. In the absence of the estimated two trillion dollars per year to realize the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, development initiatives must be implemented efficiently and – ideally – through community leadership to reduce loss of money from trickle-down approaches.

InterAction Forum Inspires New Thoughts On Development

The InterAction Forum, held recently in Washington, D.C., explored solutions to improve the lives of the world’s poor and marginalized. I was able to participate as a panelist on the session, “Mind the Gap: Creating Economic Opportunities for Youth.”

As a consultant who works on youth employment issues for FHI 360’s Workforce Connections project, spending time with like-minded peers from the development community helped me to gain a fresh perspective on my work.

Creating a New Reality, One Street at a Time

If you closed your eyes you would believe you are listening to a group of experienced urban planners outlining their solutions to bring sanitation, lighting, and a sustainable water system to one of Dhaka’s largest urban slums. When you open your eyes you quickly realize that you are listening a group of experienced urban planners; however, they are all volunteers and no member is over the age of 20.

Let’s Not Forget: Millions of Students Didn’t Go Back to School this Year

It’s been a happy and busy time for many families as their kids settle back into school. Once again, my Facebook feed filled with cheery first-day-of-school photos, then soccer and football shots. Sweet and awkward Homecoming pictures. It brings me great joy to see my friends and their children delight in the promise of another year – school buses, sports and dances, yes, but also another year of learning. Another year to be stretched by great books and new concepts. It will be another year to work toward fulfilling their potentials.

The Falls Church Episcopal, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Bok choy is not the only thing to grow in the fertile soil of The Falls Church Episcopal in Falls Church, VA.

Statement by InterAction Member CEOs on the Third Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War

The undersigned, member CEOs of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international relief and development organizations, wish to express our deep concern for the families of the Syrian A

AIYD Guiding Principles for Youth Development


The Guiding Principles for International Youth Development is the result of a collaborative effort by members of the Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD).

Youth and Media: Political Engagement in New Spaces

"Young people in development are both a project of reform and agents of change. This population is not static. They engage on multiple levels.” – Dr .Loubna Skalli-Hanna, Author, Editor and Professor at American University, School of International Service

When Disaster Strikes: Youth Are Youth Against All Odds

Six miles from the Jordan-Syria border there’s a safe haven for more than 20,000 Syrians who have fled their homes. Though far from the fighting, the refugee camp is still a distressing place for children and youth who make up almost half of the population. One of the few escapes the children have is a local playground constructed by Mercy Corps last year.

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