Development Perspectives

Reflections from the DREEM Youth Advisory Committee: It’s Now Our Time

When you wake up every day from a good night’s sleep in that cozy bed, have a decent job and pizza is not just a diagram in your head but a regular meal, this is what we would generally perceive as a decent life. In the midst of the imagination of everyone’s efforts to make…

Introducing DREEM

The Displaced and Refugee youth Enabling Environment Mechanism project – or DREEM – is an exciting partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and WUSC in East Africa that is working to facilitate an enabling environment for the inclusion of refugee and displaced youth, especially young women, to fully participate in society. Through building more inclusive institutions…
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Four Takeaways from the 2020 UNHCR Global Trends Report

Four Takeaways from the 2020 UNHCR Global Trends Report  Just in time for World Refugee Day on June 20, UNHCR released their annual Global Trends in Forced Displacement Report. The report highlights trends and changes in forced displacement in 2020 and explores the impact of forced displacement on people around the world. It also calls…

How WUSC is Helping Employers and Training Centres Navigate the Challenges of COVID-19

How Employers and Training Centres can Navigate Together the Challenges of COVID-19 Globally, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates there are more than 64 million unemployed young people around the world, with a further 145 million youth working but living in poverty. Many sectors in many countries, including healthcare, construction, and automotive technologies, are experiencing rapid…
Social finance boosting women’s entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka /Le financement social stimule l’entrepreneuriat des femmes au Sri Lanka

Social finance boosting women’s entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka

By Nadeesha Jayasinghe, Uniterra Volunteer, Lanka Impact Investing Network, Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka, Micro-Small-Medium Enterprises contribute to 45% of GDP. Yet, only 25% of entrepreneurs are women. Low confidence, limited access to credit, and lack of financial literacy are some of the barriers which contribute to low representation of women’s entrepreneurship. Here is the…
Innovation in Refugee Education in Kenya through the Humanitarian Education Accelerator

Exploring Innovation in Refugee Education in Kenya through the Humanitarian Education Accelerator

The Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) is an innovative, multi-donor fund that invests in research to help improve our collective understanding of how pilot projects can be transformed into scalable educational initiatives for refugees and displaced communities worldwide. The HEA is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, UNHCR, and UNICEF. Our Education Advisor, Stephanie…
Global Dev Tips

#GlobalDevTips: 4 Tips for Implementing EdTech in Development Programs

By: Muneeb Khan, Education Manager, WUSC Innovations in technology are rapidly disrupting industries across sectors, from ride-hailing mobile apps, such as Uber, challenging traditional taxi services, to digital stores creating new competition for brick and mortar outlets. The education industry is no exception; it is also in a state of digital transformation. Learning apps, such as…

International Cooperation for Sustainable Tourism

A guide working with Casa Relax Chuquiñapi, a community-based tourism project in the La Paz region of Bolivia, shares his experience with the participants of the 2017 International Seminar. Were you among the 1.3 billion tourists who travelled internationally this year? With the development of more advanced and affordable forms of transportation, and the expansion…
Participants listen to presentations at the Impact Investing training in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Looks to Grow its Impact Investment Ecosystem

In the forests of Sri Lanka, elephants are known to deploy a unique strategy to protect their young. In the face of a threat, adult elephants will form a tight pack, herding their young into the middle for safety. It was this imagery that inspired the name for Sri Lanka’s first reality show on social…

Social Marketing for Greater Youth Involvement in the Trades and Technology Sector

Sri Lanka is banking on education and employment for youth Many efforts have been put toward reconstruction and development in Sri Lanka following the end of a 30-year civil war in 2009. Social inclusion, employment, career paths, and the education and training of young people have all been important areas of focus for the country’s…

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