Youth

August 19, 2018
BLOG Youth

Skilling can unlock girls’ potential – when we can get it right

Young people in Bangladesh face a precarious future, despite living in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. 
August 17, 2018
BLOG Youth

Living, learning, inspiring

Asma Jannat and Munni Aktar, two classmates from Cox’s Bazaar, had to drop out of school when they were in class 8. Their families could no longer afford to keep them in school. What they faced later is a story that is all too common in South Asia - the pressure to get married.
August 16, 2018
BLOG WASH, Youth

Walking three kilometres for a bathroom break

85% of schools in Bangladesh have at least one sanitation facility for students. Only half of them have a separate toilet for girls, with only 8% having a hand-washing station with soap and water.
August 14, 2018

Representing Bangladesh on Gujrat’s festival stage

More than 40% of girls in Bangladesh drop out from secondary school, and almost 60% are married by the time they turn 18.
August 12, 2018
BLOG Youth

Young people thrive when they have safe spaces

On International Youth Day this year, we focus on the need for safe spaces for young people. Safe spaces can be civic, public, digital or physical spaces where young people can participate in key decisions and express themselves with dignity and safety.
August 12, 2018
BLOG Youth

Celebrate the world’s youngest majority! Join the movement in the Global South this November.

Welcome to the Global South of today. Entrepreneurship is on the rise. Innovation is blossoming. Opportunities are endless if we can harness the power of youth. This November, we are bringing young activists together with policymakers, social entrepreneurs, and development practitioners for the 6th Annual Frugal Innovation Forum (FIF) - rethinking and co-creating solutions that scale opportunities for youth.
August 2, 2018
BLOG Youth

Save the date: Dhaka to celebrate frugal innovations for youth this November

We are excited to announce that Frugal Innovation Forum is going to take place from 7-8 November, with the spotlight on youth.
July 4, 2018

Infrastructure development or the peril of our children?

It is no secret that Uganda’s infrastructure projects are extending beyond the capital city. However, it is a double-edged sword. There exists the ‘invisible’ effect, the dark side of these projects - especially for children and women.
June 28, 2018

How BRAC uses field data for continuous improvement

When BRAC, one of the world’s largest NGOs, tried to digitize its paper-based record system to improve decision making and provide continuous improvement for its skills development programme in Bangladesh, it hit a wall.
January 25, 2018

Tune in to Bangladesh’s most awarded community radio

The radio is on full blast as we drive down the winding roads of north-eastern Bangladesh. News, music, discussions. As we come closer to Moulvibazar city, the young people we are travelling with turn up the volume even more. The dialect changes. Everything is suddenly in their local tongue - Sylheti.
January 3, 2018

What does self-defense mean for adolescent Rohingya girls?

When the rest of the world relates ‘self-defense’ to learning physical, martial arts skills, what does it mean for young girls from a displaced community, which also happens to be the world’s most persecuted minority? Do they realise that raising voices can be one of the most critical tools in their self-defence kits? Our social workers have begun empowering adolescent girls from the Rohingya community by creating awareness of their own agency.
December 1, 2017
BLOG Youth

How to increase the world’s GDP by 7%: Employ people with disabilities

Loss of hearing is the second most common disability in Bangladesh. People with hearing impairments make up 16% of the total disabled population.