Thursday, March 8, 2018
Information and communications technologies are essential to the empowerment and success of poor rural women
Rome, 7 March 2018 – The role of information communications technologies in supporting rural women's economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women’s Day.
IFAD, together with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), will highlight the role that innovations in information and communications technologies (ICTs) can play in expanding rural women's opportunities in value chains and enterprise development, while increasing their access to education and information.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Nigeria: GE, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Announce Partnership to Empower Corp Members with Entrepreneurial Skills
The overall goal is to improve on and increase the capacity of the youth in building Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
LAGOS, Nigeria, February 26, 2018/ -- GE (NYSE: GE) (www.GE.com), the world’s premier Digital Industrial Company has announced a partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) (www.NYSC.gov.ng) to empower Youth Corps members with valuable entrepreneurial skills in line with its commitment to skills development in Nigeria.
Known as the Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) training programme, the initiative which is based on the curriculum of the International Labour Organization (ILO), will see thousands of youth corps members receive critical entrepreneurial training. The overall goal is to improve on and increase the capacity of the youth in building Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that can operate effectively and be sustainable long-term. It has been recognized that even at the best of times, employers of labor in the economy will not have the capacity to absorb all the entrants. This has led to a need to promote the development of small and medium scale enterprises, to create self- employment opportunities and expand the scope for job creation, as research findings indicate clearly that 60-70% of new jobs are created by the SME sector.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Agricultural investment can have big impact on the lives of women and girls in developing countries, says IFAD President
|Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)|
Houngbo is making his first official visit to Canada’s capital since being appointed President of IFAD, a United Nations specialized agency and international financial institution that focuses on agricultural and rural development in some of the poorest and most remote regions of the world.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
BANJUL – 14 November 2017. The Startup Incubator Gambia in collaboration with International Trade Centre’s Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), and Gambia’s main entrepreneurship development partners including the Young Entrepreneurs Association, The National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI), the Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC), Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia Chapter), GIEPA and EMPRETEC are commemorating global entrepreneurship week with series of exciting and educative activities.
During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia) under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) singed with the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) from the 29th to 30th November, 2017, held its monthly workshop whereby mentees and mentors shared their experiences.
The workshop was held at the Rural Development Institute (RDI) in the Lower River Region (LRR) which brought together 25 mentees and 5 mentors.
The aim of the mentorship programme is to boost Gambian rural entrepreneurship and agribusiness. The programme supports young people in their efforts to establish sustainable investments in order to become self-reliant. It is anchored on coaching and career counselling rather than the single method of structured trainings. The mentoring programme is a part of a larger entrepreneurship development programme that includes recognition of young entrepreneurs through yearly Rural Youth Awards and specific training camps for upskilling young and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Bonn, Germany 9 November 2017 – Coastal communities and marine ecosystems can benefit from climate-smart agriculture practices, according to the findings of a new report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
“Agriculture in all its forms is central to inclusive and sustainable development and can contribute to national climate commitments,” said IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo. “However, without appropriate measures, it can also damage marine ecosystems and fall short of its potential in terms of the climate."