50% of the world’s population is under the age of 25. (UN-Habitat, 2013). In 2050, Africa will be home to 1 billion young people. (UNDESA, 2017). Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves.
In 1995, Nelson Mandela said that “In the twenty-first century, the capacity to communicate will almost certainly be a key human right. Eliminating the distinction between the information-rich and information-poor is also critical to eliminating economic and other inequalities…and to improve the life of all humanity.” In sub-Saharan Africa women are 45% more likely to... Continue Reading →
Globally, 1 of every 7 people today live with some form of disability, the majority in low- and middle-income countries. In these settings, disability is both a cause and consequence of poverty as people with disabilities often face significant barriers that prevent them from participating fully in society, including accessing health services and attaining education and employment.
World Youth Skills Day on 15 July 2018 brought together the voices of Member States, the UN system, private sector, civil society, academia and youth organizations to discuss how to leverage innovation and emerging technologies, such as AI, big data and machine learning to boost youth employment and what are the implications in skills needs and skills development systems.
Family-owned businesses are often portrayed as the engine of the private sector—pointing at advantages such as faster decision making, a more integrated management style, long-term mindset or a win-win approach toward business partnerships. Family businesses are unique. The family dynamics can play a significant role in decision making, and offer both opportunities and challenges. Our... Continue Reading →
The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.
Kenya needs to industrialize more – and at a faster pace. As part of Africa’s transformation from informal to formal businesses, we must strengthen women and youth's entrepreneurial and technical skills, access to technologies, business support services, advocacy, and self-help networks.
Kenya Association of Manufacturing (KAM) and UN Women today held a workshop themed STEP AHEAD – EMPOWERING WOMEN IN INDUSTRY. I was humbled and privileged to interact with young women in the manufacturing sector through my keynote address that offered practical solutions to women who are currently operating small businesses to scale up and increase their market reach as well as their quality of production.