GLOBAL IDEAS NEWS BRIEF: JOBS REMAIN SCARCE + RURAL MARKETS GROW

GLOBAL IDEAS NEWS BRIEF: JOBS REMAIN SCARCE + RURAL MARKETS GROW

Jobs future for youth has not improved as the world economy has recovered from the global financial crisis. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

United Nations Forecasts Persistently High Unemployment for the Young
NYT
The clouds of the global financial crisis may have lifted, but six years later, the world economy is not creating nearly as many jobs as it was before 2008 nor is it expected to in the near term. Meanwhile, more young people are entering the job market than ever before.

Unlocking the Wealth in Rural Markets
Harvard Business Review
While urban demand for consumer products remains sluggish worldwide, rural markets are growing faster than ever in some of the largest emerging economies.

Funding development

Innovation by fiat
The Economist
Well-meaning governments are killing European startups with kindness.

Tech

9 ways to harness tech for development
The Guardian
From peace building to selling fish, a panel of experts explains how technology can improve lives in the developing world.

6 Reasons Online Remittances Are Primed to Explode: International money transfers are moving online - and that's good news for the BoP
NextBillion
The World Bank estimates that global remittances to developing countries will exceed $436 billion in 2014 – more than three times the total spent on foreign aid.

Poverty and health

Born Behind: The Effects Of Income Inequality Start While You're In The Womb
Fast.Co.Exist
Bad health care and bad environment can disadvantage babies before they're even born.

The Cycle Of Poverty Is Psychological, Not Just Financial
Fast.Co.Exist
Being poor makes you stressed, which prevents you from thinking long term.

Youth

Parents before they are grown-up: child marriage in Malawi
The Guardian
NGOs are working to offer young brides more choices, but complain there's a lack of political will to address the issue.

Government

Egypt Must Stop Penalizing the Poor
Foreign Policy
A future President Sisi urgently needs to reform Egypt's economy. But he has to make sure it's not just the rich who benefit.


Giving the Amazon rainforest back to the Awa tribe
BBC
Logging in the Brazilian Amazon has had a devastating effect on the rainforest and its indigenous people. However, a new operation by the army, air force and military police is designed to save an endangered tribe - by keeping loggers off their land.

Nigeria’s House of Cards
Foreign Policy
The emerging-market darling is coming apart at the seams. And Boko Haram is just the beginning.

Interest

Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition
Stanford Social Innovation Review
All sorts of activities are now being called social entrepreneurship. Some say that a more inclusive term is all for the good, but the authors argue that it’s time for a more rigorous definition.

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