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Since the founding of Chemonics 40 years ago, we have worked side-by-side with the people and institutions we serve to design integrated approaches and deliver innovative solutions. With 1.7 billion young people in the world today under the age of 29, education, workforce development, and youth development programming is now more critical than ever to help teach and empower tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. We are incorporating technology and collaborative teaching methods into the classroom, providing entrepreneurship skills training, and facilitating discussions on community and civic engagement for young people around the world. Our approach promotes meaningful partnerships — engaging youth as beneficiaries, stakeholders, and leaders — to create local solutions that overcome challenges and drive meaningful change.
THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT
The Commonwealth Secretariat provides guidance on policy, technical assistance and advisory services to the 53-nation Commonwealth community. We are a champion for youth empowerment and inclusion, recognising the great contribution that young people make as nation builders and agents of change. Our other work promotes democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development, and we are a strong voice for small states. Through the Commonwealth Youth Programme, we provide policy advice and thought leadership on youth development, and engage and celebrate the achievements of young people. We encourage governments, youth practitioners and young leaders to create environments that enable young people’s social, economic and political potential.
The MasterCard Foundation
The MasterCard Foundation is committed to increasing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for disadvantaged, out-of-school young people in Africa. Through its Economic Opportunities for Youth Program, the Foundation takes a holistic approach to enable young people to transition to employment, providing them with market-relevant skills, connections to employers and access to financial services. To date, 59,127 young people have transitioned to jobs, entrepreneurships, further training, or education and 700,000 young people have gained access to financial services. The Foundation is a global organization based in Toronto, Canada, with over US $9 billion in assets. Established in 2006 through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide when it became a public company, the Foundation is a separate and independent entity.
UN-Habitat's mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. In 2016, the UN will host Habitat III, where a New Urban Agenda will be a developed and adopted. Key to this agenda is the full engagement of youth. Cities in the developing world account for over 90% of the world’s urban growth, and youth account for a large percentage of those inhabitants. A guiding principle of UN-Habitat is youth-led development. UN-Habitat supports youth globally through programs such as the Urban Youth Fund, which supports youth social enterprise; the One Stop Youth Resource Centres, which provide safe space in cities; and Youth 21, which advocates for youth engagement in governance.