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Thursday, March 31, 2011

From Poverty To Prosperity: Engaging The Next Generation

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Session Description

Global youth will demand a billion new jobs when they come of age. Yet for many marginalised or out-of-school youth, traditional routes to employment and entrepreneurship are closed. In the developing world, students with access to education face outdated curricula, limited access to new technologies and few connections to the marketplace. This session will discuss new approaches in creating a smooth school to-work transition for youth including what skills are needed today, how to foster innovation, and how to engage and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and employers.

When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Thursday, March 31

Session leaders

  • Ann Cotton Speaker
    Founder and President, Campaign for Female Education
    Ann Cotton OBE is Founder and President of Camfed, an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed’s goal is to replace the existing cycle of poverty and inequality with a new cycle of empowerment and opportunity. The organisation’s unique approach is to not only support girls and young women through school, but also on to new lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders. To complete the “virtuous cycle”, graduating students become alumnae and many train and mentor new generations of students. More than 3.5 million children have already benefited from Camfed’s programmes in a network of 5,270 partner schools across Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi. In 2014, Camfed was recognised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. Ann is an Honorary Fellow at Homerton College, and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Cambridge University Judge Business School. She is a noted speaker on international platforms, including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Skoll World Forum. In 2014, she addressed the U.S.-Africa Summit hosted by the White House, George W. Bush Institute and U.S. State Department. Ann has won numerous awards for her work, including an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Cambridge University; an OBE in honour of her advocacy of girls’ education in Africa; the Skoll and Schwab Awards for Social Entrepreneurship; Woman of the Year in the UK; and UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014, Ann received the 2014 WISE Prize as Education Laureate.
  • Deepali Khanna Speaker
    Director, Youth Learning, The MasterCard Foundation
    Deepali is a skilled development practitioner with over 25 years of experience in planning and executing successful youth empowerment and education programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a member of Plan International’s senior management team as the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. In this position, Deepali managed Plan’s programming in twelve countries and strategically led the process of organizational change in the region, including the establishment of key partnerships with national governments, and the development of a gender equality strategy. She has also worked in various leadership positions with child-centered development organizations in South and South-East Asia, and Eastern and Southern Africa. She is a recipient of the President’s Medal of Friendship, which was awarded to her by the Government of Vietnam in recognition of her exemplary efforts to advocate for vulnerable and at-risk youth.
  • Martin Burt Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Fundacion Paraguaya
    Dr. Martin Burt is founder (1985) and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a 33-year old NGO devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance to eliminate poverty around the world. He is a pioneer in applying new poverty metrics, microfinance, micro-franchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and technical vocational methodologies to address chronic poverty around the world. He has developed one of the world’s first financially self-sufficient agricultural and tourism high schools for the rural poor. He is co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, a global network based in London (3000 members-150 countries) that promotes “education that pays for itself” and which is partnering with more than 50 organizations from 27 countries to establish self-sufficient schools, mostly in rural areas. He has also developed the Poverty Stoplight, a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that assists families to self-diagnose their level of multidimensional poverty and develop customized plans to eliminate poverty. This new metric is now being implemented in more than 30 countries by more than 100 organizations, including the US and the UK. Dr. Burt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Foodbanking Network. In public service he has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, was elected Mayor of Asunción, and was appointed Vice Minister of Commerce. Dr. Burt has books published on economics, development, municipal government, poetry, and education and has received numerous awards. He holds a PhD from Tulane University Law School and is a Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Martin Burt was born in Asunción, Paraguay in 1957 where he resides.
  • Student Outreach Programme Manager, TEDxKibera
    Tabitha Wambugha Tongoi founded Project: A Book for Change at the age of 17 to address the insufficiency of textbooks in most Kenyan high schools in Kenya. Since its inception, “ABC” has raised over 20,000 books for 36 schools from all over Kenya. Having recently graduated from the African Leadership Academy, she will be pursuing further studies at Williams College in the US this fall. She is spending her gap year with TEDxKibera, where she is serving in poor communities in Nairobi to create a platform for sharing innovative ideas and inspiring hope.