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Support CIPE on #GivingTuesday!


How will you spend next Tuesday?

CIPE is partnering with #GivingTuesday  to celebrate a day of philanthropy on December 3rd.

After enjoying delicious food on Thanksgiving, and indulging in some shopping sprees on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not join a global movement to give back to the community?

On Tuesday December 3rd, become part of this exciting movement by supporting CIPE’s efforts to develop young leaders from around the world. Through our ChamberL.I.N.K.S.  program and the Think Tank LINKS Fellowship, CIPE empowers youth to become active leaders in civil society and work toward meaningful change in their communities.

Check out videos for both programs and learn more about how to support here:

Your donation (whether that’s $20 or $100) will help make a difference! By investing, you are developing young people’s skills to become future champions of change!

Youth in Entrepreneurship and Democracy

Originally posted on the CIPE Development Blog

According to the UNFPA, youth represents around 1.8 billion of the total world population. About half survive on less than $2 a day, while more than 100 million adolescents do not attend school. The countries which realize the importance of youth by emphasizing education and skills can turn youth assets into dividends. Fair and transparent systems help them to avail themselves of opportunities to contribute in the economic growth of a country.

Statistics show that in Pakistan, around 60 percent of youth (people below the age 25) constitute a mix of educated, uneducated, skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled populations.  The ratio of school-going children is increasing but still a lot needs to be done. In the past 10 to 12 years a significant number of universities in the private sector have been established in addition to a few public sector universities. A large number of students are graduating every year but they have limited opportunities for employment in either the public or private sector. As a result, the number of unemployed young people is increasing every year.

To address these challenges, colleges and universities should start focusing on practical entrepreneurial education to help students to choose entrepreneurship as a career, both for their own sustainability and to provide jobs to others. Entrepreneurship courses should be introduced. The universities and business support organizations like Chambers and Associations should work closely to organize mentorship and entrepreneurship training programs and also benefit from the research projects of university students.

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Entrepreneurial Journeys of Arthalaya Graduates

CIPE and Samriddhi launched a new publication, “Building a New Generation of Entrepreneurs in Nepal,” which profiles eight of the graduates of Samriddhi’s “Arthalaya” youth entrepreneurship program who have successfully launched businesses in Nepal. Since the program was started in 2009, over 300 students have completed the Arthalaya workshops, and Samriddhi now runs the program without CIPE support, with funding from local private sector donors and nominal students fees. Continue reading ‘Entrepreneurial Journeys of Arthalaya Graduates’ »

Observations on Youth and the Education System in Tunisia

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Tunisia, I attended the first session of an IACE forum on Tunisia’s youth and the education system which was well attended by an audience of at least 90% people under 25. 

Marketable skills were one of the major obstacles to youth employment discussed — business leaders on the panel said that, for all Tunisia has too many unemployed graduates, businesses find they can’t hire most of them because they lack vital soft skills. All too often they say they find candidates who have technical expertise, but lack presentation skills, do not work well on teams, and often cannot write well enough.

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Business School Profiles

The Global Business School Network has published a book with profiles of its members. Each school’s page has an overview, information on degree programs, and basic statistics.

Some of the business schools that have a concentration on entrepreneurship or innovation include:

  • Brazil: Fundaçao Dom Cabral
  • Chile: Universidad del Desarrollo
  • Colombia: Universidad de los Andes School of Management
  • Kenya: Chandaria School of Business, USIU
  • Russia: St. Petersburg University School of Management
  • South Africa: University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

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Advice from the WDI Summit on Entrepreneurship Education

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan brought together faculty, nonprofits, and officials for a two-day summit on entrepreneurship education in emerging markets, June 16-17. The summit was highly useful for learning educational methods and exchanging ideas.

In one of my favorite sessions, Professor Heidi Neck (Babson College) challenged us to move beyond teaching the process of venture creation to nurture entrepreneurial thinking instead. Entrepreneurial thinking means finding ways to create value and convert opportunities into reality. This kind of thinking can be applied to any part of business or life. Students should be given the chance early on to experience what it’s like running a business and to experiment. They need practice, acting as teams, in finding what works, dealing with failure, and revising business models.

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Paraguay – On Wednesday, May 11, Fundación Paraguaya and the Paraguayan Ministry of Education signed an agreement to promote entrepreneurship in the Paraguayan public school system. This accord aims to strengthen educational institutions, capacities, and make resources available to improve the quality of training programs in these institutions and to contribute to sustainable development in the schools’ communities.

Russia – A CIPE partner in the North Caucasus region of Adygea has secured a formal commitment from its regional government to help support a USAID-funded project that trains local youth to launch businesses and expand their employment opportunities. Under the agreement, the government will provide access to business-startup credit for young entrepreneurs who complete a CIPE program. CIPE’s partner, the Chamber of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Adygea, signed the agreement as part of a three-year Promoting Entrepreneurship in the North Caucasus project that CIPE is administering with USAID support.

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New Curriculum for High School Students in Lebanon

On April 15, the Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA) and CIPE released a new entrepreneurship and civic education curriculum for high school students. The goal of the Entrance to Enterprise (E2E) course is to empower Lebanese youth to realize their economic potential and proactively engage in their communities. E2E emphasizes the values and traits of entrepreneurs, leadership skills, the basics of free market economics, the legal steps necessary to start a business in Lebanon, and the components of a winning business plan. The E2E launch attracted representatives from the private, public, civil society, and academic sectors, including the Minister of Education and Higher Education and Chamber of Commerce Business Innovation Center (BIC) directors.

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Russia – A CIPE partner, the Chechen Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has secured a commitment this month from the Republic of Chechnya to help support a USAID-funded project that trains local youth to launch businesses and expand their employment opportunities. The Chechen government’s Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship is pledging the ruble equivalent of $21,000 this year to support the most promising of those entrepreneurs who complete the program planned for this summer. Under the terms of the agreement, the aid will take the form of start-up credit or access to a business incubator. Under the three-year Promoting Entrepreneurship in the North Caucasus project, four other chambers of commerce in the region are in the process of winning similar detailed commitments.

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Market Education for Nepalese College Students

Samriddhi Foundation’s Arthalaya program was featured in the Nepali Times: “Economy 101.”

“Young college students, drawn from both inside and outside of Kathmandu, are selected from among hundreds of applicants. Twenty-four students attend debates and discussions led by entrepreneurs, policymakers and free-market thinkers on topics such as economic freedom, voluntary exchange, rule of law, morality of markets, enterprise building and economic policymaking.”

The article by Ashutosh Tiwari describes why youth often have a dim view of markets and lauds Arthalaya for giving youth a more nuanced understanding of markets, including the rule of law and effects of open, free competition.

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