9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Plenary 3: Building Trade Capacity and Attracting Foreign Direct Investment
Description: In this globalized world it is essential that all countries be equipped to take advantage of the ‘globalization dividend’ in the form of building their capacity to trade with world class goods and services, and also to work towards attracting Foreign Direct Investment. In this session you will hear about the impact of the work of UNIDO is producing world class products in developing countries and building their private and trade sector. You will also learn about the initiative being presented to WTO on Aid for Trade. This session will also highlight how the low Africa Regional intra-trade is impacting its share of the global GDP (example Africa has 13 percent of global population and only 2-3 percent of Global GDP), and a focus on domestic savings – while attracting FDI. Lessons from Kenya and India in building trade and attracting FDI will be shared.
Session Chaired by: Kandeh Yumkella, Director General for UNIDO (invited)
Members of the panel:
Nelson Ndirangu, Permanent Mission of Kenya to the UN in Geneva
Joel Chimhanda, Founder of JC Capital
Hon. Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Minister of Trade and Industry, Kenya
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, India
Session Coordinator: Sam Gakunga
11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Plenary 4: Developing Large Scale Labor Intensive Employment programs
Description: With millions of unemployed youth walking the streets it is essential that countries learn about the various methodologies for creating labor intensive employment. There are many different and successful models. In this session you will learn how in Colombia 12,000 hectares of savannah land was turned into a fully looped rain forest in 10 years with a full employment approach. We will also learn how the World Bank has directed its loan funding into initiatives that are promoting employment. The cooperative movement has been extremely successful in countries like India to promote an entrepreneurial model for large scale employment and you will learn about similar movements in Kenya.
Session Chaired by: Gunter Pauli, Founder & Director of the ZERI Foundation
Members of the panel:
Michal Rutkowski, World Bank Middle East and North Africa Region
Hon. Dr. Newton Kulundu , E.G.H, Minister of Labor and Human Resource Development, Kenya
P. Rajendran, COO of NIIT (invited)
Session Coordinator: Angela Kabiru
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
8 Breakout Sessions on Building Trade Capacity and Attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Developing Large Scale Labor Intensive Employment Programs
Workshop 1: Workforce Development Models for Marginalized Youth
Description: This workshop will examine effective workforce development models serving marginalized youth in the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States. Participants will learn how these models work, how they differ, what they have in common and how they achieve the same goals using different approaches. This session will also equip participants with guidelines on how they can develop adaptive programs based on the presentation of this workshop for their own countries.
Jose de Olivares, Alternate Perspectives
Jennifer Wild, Alternate Perspectives
Session Coordinator: Daniel Mangale
Breakout 9: Capacity Building of YES Networks (Plenary 3)
Description: For programs and action to take place a number of things have to be in place – first the recognition that the issue is important and YES does this through its Summits, workshops, publications discussion lists etc.; second, there should be information available in useable formats and YES does that through its web-based Global Knowledge Resource and its Learning Summits. And the final frontier is to build capacity in developing countries to take appropriate and thoughtful action. This session will discuss the ways in which YES Networks work to increase their capacity, allowing them to undertake increasingly far-reaching and intensive projects. As YES networks build their capacity, their geographical reach often extends past national borders, leading to regional cooperation. You will learn why this model is so effective and has such a powerful impact.
Chaired by: Irungu Houghton, Oxfam GB
Jacques Lius Manuel Nginga, Country Coordinator for YES Angola
Audrey Codera, Country Coordinator for YES Philippines
Mirian Nunez, Country Coordinator for YES Paraguay
Session Coordinator: Fred Ouko
Breakout 10: Preparing Youth for the Labor Market
Description: With over 600 million youth in the labor market and not in the productive workforce it is essential to understand how this problem will be resolved. This problem will not go away, it will only increase as more and more youth get poured into the labor market without being equipped with the skills and knowledge to be competitive for jobs or prepared for entrepreneurship. This session you will hear about the different ways in which the YES networks worldwide work to prepare youth for the labor market. Over the last four years, some 300 of the 400 programs organized by YES have belonged to this category, building the individual capacity of youth. These include training, mentoring, and other skill development initiatives. Also discussed will be the types of jobs available to youth and the training offered by other leading organizations.
Chair: Chief Secretary, State of Mizoram
Rebecca Karanja, Africa Recruit
Sarah Whittemore, YES Partnerships Coordinator
Ciré Kane, Synapse Center
Session Coordinator: Bani Orwa
Breakout 11: Africities: Role of Local Government in Youth Employment Creation (Plenary 3)
Description: In this session, Africities, an African organization that strives to build joint actions for the effective realization of the Millennium Development Goals in African Local Governments, will discuss the pivotal role of local government in youth employment creation. Whether in the form of strategic partnerships, of program specific support, or of policy work, government alliances are key to the success of YES. In addition you will hear from the YES Network in Brazil its success with working with the local government.
Chaired by: David Kithakye, Senior Human Settlements Officer, UN-HABITAT
Marcelo Costa, Country Coordinator for YES Brazil
Prof Jossy Materu, Africities Secretariat
Alioune Badiane, Director, Regional Office for Africa and Arab States, UN-HABITAT
Daniel Ngari, Department of Social Services, City Council of Nairobi
Session Coordinator: Juma Assiago
Breakout 12: FDI and Information and Communications Technologies (Plenary 3)
Description: In order to really create the infrastructure for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) real investment is needed. To burden developing countries with more debt (especially in Africa) may not be the most productive way to create ICT capacity. Therefore a private sector approach is needed by building capacity of local private sector to work with international companies and attract FDI. With the right policies and private sector investment this FDI approach maybe one of the most effective ways to build ITC capacity and create opportunities for IT employment and enterprise. In this session you will learn about how a company in India became the largest education, training and enterprise development company in India – now spanning more than 50 countries in its scope. Microsoft will share how it would like to invest in building ICT capacity in African countries and we will hear about how Africa Online gained foothold and its expansion plans.
Chaired by: P. Rajendran, COO of NIIT
Heba Ramzy, Citizenship & Community Affairs Reginal Manager for Microsoft, Middle East & Africa
Suhayl Esmailjee, Head of Pan-Africa Business for Africa Online Kenya
Cheikhou Thiome, Country Coordinator for YES Senegal
Session Coordinator: Sam Gakunga
Breakout 13: Optimizing Youth Employment in Infrastructure Building Projects (Plenary 4)
Description: One of the major activities in almost all developing countries is building there physical infrastructure. What is so often forgotten is the human resource infrastructure and therefore such building programs should be opportunities to train and develop young people’s employability skills. There are many ways in which young people can be trained and employed in such projects. In this session you will hear about public – private partnerships for infrastructure development and how they can be huge opportunities for youth employment.
Chaired by: Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, India
Maikel Lieuw-Kie-Song, Department of Public Works for Government of South Africa
David Woollcombe, President of PeaceChild International
Didibhuku Wellington Thwala, Senior Lecturer of University of Johannesburg
Session Coordinator: Angela Kabiru
Breakout 14: Equipping Youth from Countries in Conflict with Employability Skills (Plenary 4)
Description: The problems that youth face in countries in the midst of conflict is heart wrenching. In such dire situations also we must keep our eye on the ball and ensure that action is still being taken to build the skills and capacities of youth. Countries in conflict inherently face numerous additional challenges in creating employment for youth. This session will discuss ways to provide youth with the necessary skills for employment despite this added difficulty. You will hear what the international NGOs are doing in the face of conflict and what the YES Networks in Iraq, Somalia and Sierra Leone are pursuing.
Chaired by: Lili Stern, International Rescue Committee
Basil A.W. Al Azzawi, Chairman of Iraqi Commission for Civil Society Enterprises
Faiza Abdi, Country Coordinator for YES Somalia
James Hallowell, Country Coordinator for Sierra Leone
Session Coordinator: Jane Bisanju
Breakout 15: Skills for Employability – Vocational Training, Service Programs, and others (Plenary 4)
Description: Employability is not only the gaining of formal skills – it is also the informal life –skills that round the individual and promote employability. Formal employment also requires a well-defined set of basic business skills. This session will discuss the various means – vocational training, service learning and other programs that builds the individual capacity of youth to be employable.
Chaired by: Magatte Wade, President Assemble General for AGETIP Senegal
Susan Stroud, Executive Director for Innovations in Civic Participation
Waleed Sadek, National Youth Council of Egypt
Session Coordinator: Ann Wangondu