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কারিগরী প্রশিক্ষণের মাধ্যমে জেলে সম্প্রদায়ের ক্ষমতায়ন

Chittagong, 5 February 2015 — কারিতাস চট্টগ্রাম ও তাড়াতাড়ি, চট্টগ্রামের উপকূলবর্তী জেলে সম্প্রদায়ের জন্য বৃত্তিমূলক শিক্ষা প্রদানের উদ্দেশ্যে একটি নতুন অংশীদারিত্ব গঠন করে। এই সামাজিক উদ্যোগ, যুবসম্প্রদায়ের মধ্যে যারা শিক্ষা-ব্যবস্থা ব্যয়বহুল হবার কারণে স্কুলে যাওয়া ছেড়ে দেয় তাদের জন্য প্রশিক্ষণ, সেইসাথে বাসস্থান এবং অন্যান্য সুবিধা দিয়ে থাকে। এই প্রশিক্ষণ তাদেরকে জীবিকা নির্বাহের জন্য প্রয়োজনীয় দক্ষতা দিয়ে থাকে, যা তাদের কর্মসংস্থান খুঁজে পেতে সাহায্য করে। এছাড়া, এই প্রশিক্ষণ তাদের পরিবারকে জীবনধারণের অভিনব পদ্ধতি সৃষ্টিতে সাহায্য করে। See more.

Impact-sourcing, demographics, and the details of youth unemployment

Nairobi, 4 February 2015 — Over 90 percent of Kenyans under 30 can read and write, resulting in a highly-skilled population that faces seemly intractable unemployment rates reaching up to 70 percent in some communities. Impact-sourcing, a strategy that targets employment of impoverished and disadvantaged individuals, and technology literacy programs have the potential to leverage Kenya's comparative advantage. See more.

دور المجتمع المدني في حل مشكلة البطالة: تجربة مؤسسة ساويرس

Cairo, 3 February 2015 — تبدو مشكلة البطالة كأزمة لا تنتهي في مصر وأغلب الدول العربية. وإيمانا منها بدورها الريادي قامت مؤسسة ساويسرس باعتماد منهج فريد يتمحور حول خططها لإحياء الصناعات التقليدية وتشغيل المزيد من الشباب في عدة أماكن عمل وتخفيف الفقر عن كاهل المواطنين ... اقرأ المزيد هنا

The meanings of empowerment? Alternative architectural education and the launch of "Open Architecture" in Cape Town

Cape Town, 2 February 2015 — Due to the lasting socio-spatial consequences of apartheid, the spatial disciplines hold a particular importance in the post-apartheid context of societal transformation. However, in the field of architecture today the bulk of persons previously disadvantaged by the apartheid system are still registered at only draughtsperson or technologist levels and not as fully qualified professionals, and thus are constrained in their ability to better engage their contexts and empower their communities. Now a new and alternative mode of education known as "Open Architecture" utilizes part-time, practice-based, and online learning to respond much more directly to these challenges. See more.

Jozi@Work: Co-production between citizen and city

Johannesburg, 24 December 2014 — There is a strong and enduring correlation in Johannesburg between un/under-employment and a wide range of sobering poverty indicators. Opening up opportunities for the former is therefore crucial to alleviating the latter. In a context of increasing returns to larger firms, narrow labor absorption into larger industries, low structural skills levels, and shrinking micro sector employment, the City of Johannesburg has introduced an innovative job support and creation initiative called Jozi@Work, designed to incorporate citizens into the service delivery process of the state. See more.

At-work kindergartens: the first step out of the poverty trap

Ho Chi Minh City, 7 August 2014 — Three consecutive child rape and harassment incidents have recently taken place in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City's hotspot for child harassment. Such incidents start a cycle of sexual exploitation and poverty for female migrant workers. To help their female employees, a few employers have come up with a promising initiative: at-work kindergartens. See more.

Street children in Accra: Giving voice to the voiceless

Many of Accra's street children are migrants from other parts of Ghana who followed others in the name of greener pastures. Other street children were trafficked to the city centre by older people and were left to fend for themselves. These children find ways to survive by engaging in activities ranging from being porters to selling goods on the street. The boys often earn money by shining shoes, pushing trucks, gathering refuse and carrying it to the dump site. Many also trade sex for money. In reaction to these alarming hardships, a number of important organizations are working to give these street children a voice, using a number of different approaches. Read more or discuss.

Redes locais no combate à violência contra as crianças

Assegurar que as crianças e adolescentes tenham seus direitos assegurados e protegidos de qualquer forma de violência deveria ser uma prioridade de todos os países. Neste sentido, Brasil vem fazendo vários esforços que envolvem a parceria entre o governo e a sociedade civil, nos níveis nacionais e municipais. Um dos esforços mais importantes no reconhecimento dos direitos das crianças e adolescentes tem sido a aprovação do Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente (ECA) em 1990. O ECA é um conjunto de normas que detalham os direitos das crianças e identificam os protocolos de atenção nos casos de violência, delinquência e justiça de menores. Read more or discuss.

Mapping the city for youth migrants

Migration has often been identified as a central component of urbanisation, and with the rise of a 'mobility' paradigm, whereby movement is recognised as a rising necessity, the focus is on why people move and the nature of such movement. Novel innovations now enable our speed of movement, while services and infrastructure continues to build networks between spaces, people, and opportunities. However, in the case of Sub-Saharan Africa the question has been raised on what happens when urban agglomerations hosting migrants fail to secure livelihoods (see Bryceson, 2011)? Research in migration showcases the articulation of circular patterns of movement, rising rates of return, and greater insecurities in whether goals are achieved. Such raises an additional question - to what extent are those using, adopting, and experiencing, migration becoming stuck within such a mobility paradigm? Further, what do migrants do to get them out of this trap and achieve aspirations? Read more.

Urban poverty in Zimbabwe: Unmasking severe deprivations in cities

Poverty is one of the most serious challenges facing the world today, with more than 30 percent of the world's population estimated to be living in multidimensional poverty (UNDP, 2013). In developing countries poverty has been highly associated with rural areas and hence young economically active people have moved to urban areas in the hope of getting better lives for themselves and their families. This view, especially in Zimbabwe, has changed over the last two decades as poverty has become widespread in both urban and rural areas of Zimbabwe, with poverty in urban areas increasing at a faster rate than in rural areas. Results from the Poverty Income Consumption Expenditure Survey (PICES) of 2011/12 carried out by the National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) indicate that 38 per cent per cent of urban households, and almost 47 per cent of people living in urban areas in Zimbabwe were classified as poor. Unlike rural households, urban households almost always require cash to access social services such as health and education and hence greater need for households to have secure and consistent income to meet these costs. The urban dwellers usually face costly accommodation rentals, out-of-pocket payments for health, education, water and power supplies. Urban areas are highly associated with high levels of social fragmentation resulting in declining social cohesion and increased social exclusion especially for the poor women and children. Read more.