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Conference Documents: Investing In Youth Employment 9-10 May
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Conference Documents: Investing In Youth Employment 9-10 May

On the 9th and 10th of May 2011, the Commonwealth Youth Programme held a Pan-Commonwealth conference on Investing in Youth Employment and Enterprise.
The conference was an attempt to seek the wider engagement of multi-stakeholders to address the potentially but not fully understood area of meaningful and inclusive youth engagement.

The conference also built upon and consolidated initiatives on youth employment and entrepreneurship development held at regional levels on the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. It is pertinent to mention here that CYP focuses on youth enterprise as it is critical in the context of youth employment, building youth social capital and economic empowerment.

Please find below the conference agenda and background paper as well as the presentations that were discussed during the 2-day conference:

Investing in Youth final agenda

Address by Poonam Ahluwalia

Keynote by Mr. S. Sridhar

Session on Commonwealth regional perspectives:

Asia regional conference

Africa regional conference

Caribbean regional conference

Pacific regional conference

Session on Policy commitment on youth employment process, opportunities and learnings associated with its implementation:

Presentation by Nilanthi Sugathadasa

Presentation by Nuru Hamidan

Presentation by Dr. Otuoma Nyongesa

Session on entrepreneurship education as a way to increase young peoples employability:

Presentation by Poonam Ahluwalia – Youth Employment Summit

Presentation by Cheryl Bruce – Economic Affairs Division (ComSec)

Presentation by Shankar Vanavarayar – Young Indians Confederation

Session on investing in youth employment with a focus on youth enterprise – how and why?

Opening by the moderator – Alex Mitchell

Presentation by Cindy Chng

Presentation by Maurice Williams

Session on good practices/models in youth enterprise development:

Presentation by Helen Gale – YBI

Presentation by Hina Shah – Int. Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development India part 2

Presentation by Emmanuel Dennis – Green Team, Kenya

Presentation by Thusistha Ranasinghe – MD Maximus (pvt) Ltd

Presentation by Helen Amutoko – Minst. Youth Affairs and Sports, Namibia

Presentation by Cassim Parak – CEO The Coir Inst.

Presentation by John Raoch – Dominica Youth Business Trust Coordinator.

Session on the draft guiding framework for the Commonwealth Action Plan on Youth Enterprise Development:

Presentation by Beth Mwangi

Participants List:

click for full list of participants with contact email.

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