Youthstart Resources

Youthstart Resources

  • Building the business case for Youth Services

    Many that work in the field of inclusive finance envision a world where financial service providers (FSPs) serve massive numbers of youth to ease their transition from childhood to adulthood and ultimately reduce their risks and facilitate achievement of their life needs and aspirations such as completing their education, starting or expanding their own business; and increasing soft assets such as knowledge and skills and hard assets such as housing, land, tools, savings, etc. However, very little has been written that makes the business case for serving youth.

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  • Offering Youth Financial and Non-Financial Services - MODULE I: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMING

    UNCDF launched YouthStart with the support of The MasterCard Foundation in 2010. YouthStart supports strong financial service providers (FSPs) in developing, piloting and rolling out youth- focused financial products, especially savings, and non-financial services such as financial-literacy or reproductive-health education. Through YouthStart, UNCDF aims to increase financial inclusion for at

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  • Offering Youth Financial and Non-Financial Services - MODULE II: PILOT TESTING YOUTH FINANCIAL SERVICES

    For the benefit of other FSPs and organizations interested in targeting youth, UNCDF-YouthStart decided to compile and publish this series of Trainer's guides. The goal is to facilitate the replication of the trainings and to help other FSPs understand key issues, train staff and launch youth-oriented services. Having satisfactorily tested the Trainer's guides with all ten YouthStart partners in eight different African countries, the team was reassured the guides would also be useful for a wider audience.

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  • Offering Youth Financial and Non-Financial Services - MODULE III: INTEGR ATION OF YOUTH FINANCIAL AND NON-FINANCIAL SERVICES

    For the benefit of other FSPs and organizations interested in targeting youth, UNCDF-YouthStart decided to compile and publish this series of Trainer's guides. The goal is to facilitate the replication of the trainings and to help other FSPs understand key issues, train staff and launch youth-oriented services. Having satisfactorily tested the Trainer's guides with all ten YouthStart partners in eight different African countries, the team was reassured the guides would also be useful for a wider audience.

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  • Offering Youth Financial and Non-Financial Services - MODULE IV: CLIENT PROTECTION PRINCIPLES FOR YOUTH

    For the benefit of other FSPs and organizations interested in targeting youth, UNCDF-YouthStart decided to compile and publish this series of Trainer's guides. The goal is to facilitate the replication of the trainings and to help other FSPs understand key issues, train staff and launch youth-oriented services. Having satisfactorily tested the Trainer's guides with all ten YouthStart partners in eight different African countries, the team was reassured the guides would also be useful for a wider audience.

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  • Client protection for Youth Clients

    This technical note is intended to assist FSPs currently serving youth, planning to serve youth, or making improvements to existing services to do so in a way that ensures that youth are protected. The technical note synthesizes adaptations made by UNCDF-YouthStart to the indicators of The Smart Campaign's Client Protection Principles (CPPs) selfassessment tool and draws on the Certification Principles of Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI). This technical note is designed to support FSPs to address the particular characteristics, needs and vulnerabilities of their youth clients.

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  • Uganda Finance Trust Case Study

    Uganda Finance Trust Ltd (UFT) is one of the oldest microfinance institutions in the Republic of Uganda, providing financial services to low- and medium-income, economically active Ugandans. UFT is incorporated under the laws of Uganda and licensed and regulated by the Bank of Uganda as a microfinance deposit taking institution. The company is recognised as a key player in Uganda's formal financial sector.

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  • Peace Case Study

    Poverty Eradication and Community Empowerment (PEACE) is a microfinance institution founded in 1999 in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, whose mission is to serve the entrepreneurial poor by providing sustainable and quality services for employment and income generation, with the ultimate objective of enhancing household food security in rural and urban Ethiopia. PEACE currently offers loans, savings accounts and other products and services to more than 17,000 borrowers and 21,000 savers.

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  • YouthStart Pilot Test Publication

    Assessing new youth-focused products: Pilot testing financial and non-financial Services for youth in sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Policy Opportunities and Constraints to access Youth Financial Services

    Given the increasing youth population in developing countries, the high levels of youth unemployment and limited economic opportunities for youth, governments are increasingly looking for proactive approaches to help youth realize their full economic potential. Increased access to financial services and increased financial capability to use those services effectively to invest in their education, enterprises, and futures may provide that beacon. Yet youth face many barriers in accessing financial services, including restrictions in the legal and regulatory environment, inappropriate and inaccessible products and services and low financial capability. The public policy opportunity—and imperative—is evident.

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  • Listening to Youth

    This report pulls together key findings and recommendations from the market research conducted by the 18 FSPs across 9 countries that participated in Phase I of YouthStart.

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