9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Plenary 5: Building an Entrepreneurial Culture… Stand Up Against Poverty: Bringing the power of youth to achieving the MDGs
Description: With hardly any expected growth in jobs in private and public sectors it is essential to look towards entrepreneurship as a means to productive work. With the world having made a commitment to the MDGs it is important for us to bring about an entrepreneurial culture to promote poverty eradication and the fulfillment of the MDGs. In this session you will hear from the UN perspective how this challenge will be met, how IYF in partnership with IADB developed one of the most successful grant program for entrepreneurship development, about an extraordinarily successful entrepreneurial venture in Kenya and what the YES Network in Senegal has done to meet this challenge.
Session Chaired by: Salil Shetty, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign
Members of the panel:
Patricia Langan, Director of the Alliance for African Youth Employability for International Youth Foundation
Esther Passaris, CEO of Adopt A Light
Benjamin Quinto, Executive Director of the Global Youth Action Network
Ursula Carrascal, Communication and Project Coordinator for YES Latin America
Session Coordinator: Pauline Mwangi
11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Parallel Sessions on Philanthropy and Investment in Youth Employment
Parallel 1: Multilateral Agencies Investing in Youth Employment
Description: Promoting youth employment will need investment at many different levels. One of the most important actions being how the multilateral agencies will help tackle this issue, and how they will work to engage young people as partners and not as beneficiaries. This session will discuss the trends and commitment of multilateral agencies, to this issue. Currently, over 30 YES networks have forged formal relationships with such institutions and, as we move ahead, we must strive to further strengthen that commitment.
Chaired by: Elizabeth Lwanga, UN Resident Coordinator for Kenya
Rupert Maclean, Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC
Hopolang Phororo, Youth Focal Point for the Regional Office for Africa for ILO
David Ombisi, Program Officer for Regional Office for Africa of UNEP
Rachael Wambui Kungú, YES Kenya Provincial Coordinator Central Province & Director Youth Philanthropist
Session Coordinator: Juma Assiago
Parallel 2: Donor Commitment to Promoting Youth Employment
Description: Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors have committed to providing up to 1 percent of their GDP to aid for development. This is a very important resource for funding employment programs in developing countries. But it is essential for these donors to recognize the devastating impact of youth unemployment and to work towards placing the youth employment issue as one of their strategic objectives to fund. For many YES networks, donors have been important to their success. With some 14 foreign government aid agencies sponsoring YES efforts worldwide, as well as many Regional Banks and Foundations, YES must continue to find willing organizations for funding and other support. This session will discuss the role donors could play in YES activities, as well as how to get them involved. You will hear how SIDA was the first YES donor, how GTZ supported the YES Kenya Network and how other DAC donors are including YES activities or youth employment in their agenda.
Chaired by: Bo Goransson, Swedish Ambassador
Edgar Thornton, USAID
Klaus v Mitzlaff, Country Director for GTZ Kenya
Ines Islamshah, SDC Kenya (invited)
Patricia Zakaib, CIDA (invited)
Marcelo Cavalcanti, Artemisia Foundation
Session Coordinator: Daniel Malange
Parallel 3: Youth Employment: A Private Sector Imperative…Focus on CSR
Description: In a world where entrepreneurship has to be the main vehicle for providing youth with productive work…engaging the private sector becomes a big priority. In addition for the private sector to look good and not only appear as a profit-maker, they have introduced the powerful concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In this session the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is bringing powerful CEOs to share their commitment to CSR and to including youth employment programs as part of their work.
Samuel Mwaura Waweru, CEO of Kenya Private Sector Alliance
Hope Muli, Communications and Liasion Coordinator for YES Kenya
Session Coordinator: Emma Njoki
Parallel 4: YES Fund – Global Fund for Youth Entrepreneurship
Description: We know that there are not enough jobs in public and private sectors. And therefore it is essential to create an industry that will fuel entrepreneurship development. This session will discuss one of the YES Campaign’s most exciting new initiatives: the YES Fund, which will conduct two main activities – run business plan competitions and support selected youth entrepreneurs with seed funding, mentors and other business development services; and build local capacity in participating YES countries to prepare for these business plan competitions which will include activities such as training, development, identifying markets, preparing business plans etc.
Poonam Ahluwalia, Executive Director for YES
Maritta R. von Bieberstein Koch-Weser, CEO of GEXSI
Regional Director, Microsoft (TBA)
Pauline Miriti, YES Kenya Provincial Coordinator for Rift Valley Province
Parallel 5: Kenya Youth Enterprise Fund
Description: In Kenya there are three very exciting things happening in conjunction with hosting the YES Kenya 2006. One, a new Youth Ministry has been formed and is already making its mark in the country, two, the YES Kenya Network is maturing and coming of age and has shown resilience and fortitude, in addition to having the multiple skill sets needed to plan and organize the Summit, the third, and one which brings the two together with the private sector is the Kenya Youth Employment Fund. This will work to initially support existing businesses run by young people who have the ability and product to be successful but not the financial resources. And then it will branch into other products. In this session you will learn about this innovative public-private initiative being launched in Kenya.
Hon. Amos Kimunya, Minister of Finance, Kenya
James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Bank Limited
Muratha Kinuthia, NEPAD Kenya
Janet Wamuyu, YES Kenya Focal Person for Transmara and Environs
Session Coordinator: Sunita Kapila
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
8 Breakout Sessions on
Building an Entrepreneurial Culture
Breakout 16: Promoting Micro Investment
Description: So often when we think of investment we think big…but in a world where the new market (BOP) is the 4 billion who need to be served by goods and services we cannot do this by micro-credit alone. We need to be investing in micro-enterprises and this session will discuss essential that. The YES model calls for the promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment. In order to achieve this, youth must receive micro-investment to fund viable business plans. This session will discuss ways to promote micro-investment in the developing world.
Chaired by: Federica Picchi, JP Morgan
Ingrid Munro, Managing Trustee for Jamii Bora Trust
Sudyumna Dahal, Country Coordinator for YES Nepal
Honvou Tousiant, Country Coordinator for YES Benin
Session Coordinator: Edmond Murage
Breakout 17: Business Development Services
Description: Success in entrepreneurship depends on the viability of the business plan, the understanding of the marketplace and the support that a new venture needs to move into breakeven and then profit. Therefore in an era where business is the only way forward for providing young people with employment opportunities it is essential for all developing countries to develop the business development services industry. In this session you will hear about the extensive experience of Commonwealth Youth Program in this area, the entrepreneurship development services in Australia and the breakthrough work of YES Guyana.
Valencia Mogegeh, CYP Regional Centre for Africa
Lucy Kirimi, Director of Partners for Progress
Daren Torrington, Country Coordinator for YES Guyana
Session Coordinator: Bani Orwa
Breakout 18: Mentoring
Description: An integral part of business development is the support that is given to new entrepreneurs, especially from other business leaders in the form of mentorship. There are many exemplary examples to learn from that work to provide all aspiring entrepreneurs with professional mentors in order to facilitate the business creation process. This session will discuss the impact and role of mentors in this process.
Mike Eldon, Member of Rotary Club of Kenya
Andrew Fiddaman, Director YBI for the International Business Leaders Forum
Mahendranath Busgopaul, Country Coordinator for YES Mauritius
Session Coordinator: Hope Muli
Breakout 19: Micro Enterprises
Description: In creating an entrepreneurial culture micro-enterprises will be the key. Coupled with micro finance it is becoming a booming sector, with more and more international investors looking to put their money into micro enterprises in the developing world. This session will discuss the options that are available and viable for young entrepreneurs throughout the world.
Maritta R. von Bieberstein Koch-Weser, CEO of GEXSI
Peter Kenyon, Director of Bank of I.D.E.A.S.yit
Gisèle Yitamben, President of ASAFE
Session Coordinator: Charles Kahuthu
Breakout 20: Equipping Youth with Entrepreneurship Skills
Description: The entrepreneurial culture that YES seeks to promote can be instilled in youth as part of their education. This session will discuss entrepreneurship education and its importance for youth in developing countries. In this session you will learn about the breakthrough work of Junior Achievement with youth in schools and from the other speakers you will learn about training for eco-entrepreneurship and the work of YES South Africa.
Chaired by: Margie Brand, Executive Director of EcoVentures International
Lamech Mbise, Vice President of JA Worldwide – Africa Region
Parasuraman Nagappan, MSSRF
Kenneth Thlaka, Regional Coordinator for YES Southern Africa
Session Coordinator: Pauline Mwangi
Breakout 21: Social Entrepreneurship for Youth Employment
Description: Social entrepreneurs transform the world with their energy, enthusiasm and initiative. They bring the same drive as business entrepreneurs but to the community development industry. This session will discuss the work of social entrepreneurs, defined as people who identify a social problem and use traditional entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. In fact, YES coordinators often belong to this category and can provide important input.
Chaired by: Jurgen Schwettman, Area Office Director for Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda for ILO
Monalisa Stefani, Director of Botique Solidária
Becky Wachera Gitonga, Member of the Board of Directors for Ecosandals
Mouhamed A. Latif Mbengue, Deputy Coordinator for YES Senegal
Session Coordinator: Virginia Onayara
Breakout 22: The Gender Dimension of Entrepreneurship
Description: In many countries, women are excluded from the majority of the most sustainable types of labor. Entrepreneurship provides a targeted way to empower women in an equal and valuable way. This session will discuss this gender-related dimension in the entrepreneurial sector.
Saskia Schellekens, Technical Support Division of UNFPA
Hamideh Tabatabaie, Country Coordinator for YES Iran
Kossi Ogoubi, Country Coordinator for YES Togo
Rodica Silvia Pop, Country Coordinator for YES Romania
Session Coordinator: Saida Ali
Workshop 2: Policy Advocacy
Description: This workshop will examine the process of influencing policy makers in any society. Participants will learn how to assess the life-cycle and the dimensions of a policy issue and how to use that assessment to develop effective strategies and tactics to influence the decisions of policy makers.
Jose de Olivares, Alternate Perspectives
Jennifer Wild, Alternate Perspectives
Session Coordinator: Fred Ouko