Wednesday September 13, 2006
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Poonam Ahluwalia, Executive Director of YES
Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-Habitat
Luther Luedtke, President and CEO of EDC
Emmanuel Dennis, Coordinator, YES Kenya
Hon. Dr. Mohamed Abdi Kuti, Minister of State for Youth Affairs
Dr. Salam Z. Ali Al-Zoba'e, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
H.E. Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya
Session Coordinator: John Burugu
11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Plenary 1: YES Campaign Works! Methodology and Grassroots Action…meet the
Description: Over the course of the last four years (2002 – 2006) the YES model – of
building local capacity and working together with diverse stakeholders has proven to be extremely powerful. Leadership of youth is at the center of this very hopeful Campaign. In this session you will learn about the close partnership of YES and YEN. And the different ways in which the YES model works- in partnership with donors such as GTZ and the Government (Kenya); developing effective State Level Networks (India); strengthening Regional Cooperation (Latin America).
Session Chaired by: Poonam Ahluwalia, Executive Director of YES
Members of the panel:
Regina Monticone, Secretary of the Youth Employment Network
David Mshila, Team Leader/Advisor for the GTZ Prosyr Project
Emmanuel Dennis, Country Coordinator for YES Kenya
Praveen Kumar Prithvi, Country Coordinator for YES India
Dacil Acevedo Riquelme, Regional Coordinator for Latin America of YES
Session Coordinator: Hope Muli
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Plenary 2: Creating Markets…Unleashing Entrepreneurship a workable approach
Description: With the world youth population over 1 billion, 85 percent in developing countries, and hardly any growth in jobs in private and public sectors it is essential to understand how employment will be created for these youth and the 1.5 billion children behind them waiting to flood the labor markets. The only hope for absorption is in the enterprise development sector. The Bottom of the Pyramid model is clearly very inspiring – 4 billion people at the bottom that require goods and services – clearly a market for
unleashing entrepreneurship. In this session you will understand this model and also hear about the market for renewable energy products, information and communications technologies, how the UN intends to work with the private sector in the BOP model for development and how YES Mexico has created almost 2000 new businesses over the past 4 years.
Session Chaired by:
Koosum Kalyan, Sr. Business Development Advisor for Shell International
Members of the panel:
Nick Moon, Co-Founder of KickStart
Cheick Diarra, Africa Chair for Microsoft
Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP Kenya
Samuel Gonzalez, Country Coordinator for YES Mexico
Session Coordinator: Sam Gakunga
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
8 Breakout Sessions on Creating Markets…Unleashing Entrepreneurs in 5 Emerging
Employment Sectors for Youth and Others
Breakout 1: Renewable Energy
Description: With 2 billion people in the world without access to clean energy - renewable energy presents unique and real opportunities for youth entrepreneurship. In
this session YES Network coordinators will share how they promote youth-led renewable
energy enterprises, which produce and sell goods and services to markets in off-grid areas.
Chaired by: Charles Gacheru, Kenya Branch Manager for Freeplay Eenergy
Prof. M.N. Reddy, Swamy Ramananda Rural Institute
Daniel Semakula, Country Coordinator for YES Uganda
Macumu Pierre, Country Coordinator for YES Burundi
Session Coordinator: Fred Ouko
Breakout 2: Water and Sanitation
Description: With 2.5 million people living without adequate water and sanitation which causes among many other ills, harm to the health and well being of our brothers and sisters, it is essential to promote an enterprise driven approach for provision of sustainable water and sanitation systems. Many countries have developed innovative
models to bring water and sanitation to needy areas. YES promotes a enterprise driven model to meet this demand by training youth in the skills required to increase water access in the developing world. In this session you will hear from Acumen Fund about
their entrepreneurial model, from UN Habitat about urban water and sanitation and from the YES Networks about their work in this field.
Kojo Parris, Africa Director for the Acumen Fund
James Ohayo, UN Habitat
Dulal Biswas, Country Coordinator for YES Bangladesh
Samkeliso Simelane, Country Coordinator for YES Swaziland
Session Coordinator: Teddy Malaki
Breakout 3: On-Farm and Off-Farm Enterprises
Description: Over 60 percent of the world lives in rural areas, where youth need local
employment opportunities to build communities and stem migration. It is essential to support
value-added production, agro-business, co-operatives etc. In this session we will hear about how in Zimbabwe rural populations have been organized, the value of ecological design for farming, mushroom cultivation in remote areas, about integrated energy-fertilizer-feed-material generation for sustainable eco-farming and how the YES Networks have promoted entrepreneurship in rural areas.
Chaired by: Sithembiso Nyoni, President and Founder of ORAP
Nick Moon, KickStart (invited)
Margaret Tagwira, Zimbabwe
Emmanuel Edudzie, Country Coordinator for YES Ghana
Session Coordinator: Desmond Boi
Breakout 4: Information and Communication Technologies
Description: Barely 2 percent in the world have Internet access. In more than 80
countries there are fewer than 10 telephone lines for every 100 inhabitants. The present inability of many developing countries to utilize the potential of ICT has caused a widening global technology gap. Unprecedented opportunities for youth entrepreneurship therefore continue to exist in this sector. YES networks are implementing projects to increase ICT literacy and foster youth led ICT-growth in the developing world. In this session you will hear how Microsoft intends to bridge the gaps, how Netcorps (created in the model of Peace Corps) is supporting digital opportunity, how local NGO Partners for Progress is transforming the landscape for IT education and employment and how with the support of Microsoft – YES Peru is building an IT culture.
Chaired by: Jennifer Corriero, Co-Founder of Taking ITGlobal
Marc Lepage, Regional Director for Africa and Middle East for Digital Opportunity Trust Lucy Kirimi, Director of Partners for Progress
Alejandro Juarez Velarde, Country Co-Coordinator for YES Peru
Session Coordinator: Paddy Mwangi
Breakout 5: HIV/AIDS
Description: Young adults account for half of some 5 million new infections. YES Campaign staff has worked with the USAID-funded program Equip 3 in Southern Africa to prepare a livelihoods based strategy for prevention. In addition as the number of worldwide HIV/AIDS infections steadily climbs toward 45 million, many YES networks are dedicating considerable effort to train youth as health professionals, and looking for a livelihood based approach for HIV/AIDS prevention.
Chaired by: Richard Mabala, Chief, Youth, Protection and HIV/AIDS Section for UNICEF Ethiopia
Charles Weja, Tanzania
Claudia Vanessa Siliezar Turcios, Country Coordinator for YES Honduras
Yamuna Pathak, Coordinator for YES Andhra Pradesh
Session Coordinator: Jane Bisanju
Breakout 6: Youth in Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Description: Without peace there can be no sustainable and productive employment. With
seven YES Country networks in high conflict zones YES is dedicated to addressing the specific needs of youth coping with the physical and psychological impact extreme conflict. In this session you will hear about efforts in Afghanistan, DRC, and Rwanda.
Chaired by: Khaleda Atta, Commercial Attaché for Embassy of Afghanistan (invited)
Jules Ramazani Abedi, Country Coordinator for YES DRC
Frank Mukama, Country Coordinator for YES Rwanda
Omar Mansoor Ansari, Country Coordinator for YES Afghanistan
Session Coordinator: Ajmal Pashtoonyar, UNDP
Breakout 7: Building Youth Leadership
Description: At the center of the YES model is youth leadership and it is rightly believed
that equipped with the right skills and networks youth will work towards the sustainable development of their countries. The YES Campaign prioritizes capacity building programs that focus on informal education, entrepreneurial mentorship, and leadership development. In this session you will learn about GYAN which is a global youth action network, about young people who are passionate about causing transformation in Africa, about how important it is to create a socially entrepreneurial leadership peer-group in the world and how educated youth are being supported to build their employability skills.
Chaired by: Benjamin Quinto, Executive Director for Global Youth Action Network
Kepta Ombati, Chief Executive for Youth Agenda Africa
Breakout 8: Youth Empowerment
th E of the YES Framework for Action talks about Empowerment as Description: The 6the quintessential force for causing transformation. The YES Campaign’s efforts to
provide youth a branded platform from where they can speak powerfully, take appropriate action, and inspire belief, has had a catalytic impact all over the world, and has made the YES Campaign the largest global youth development movement in the world. In this session you will learn how the YES leadership has worked to empower youth in their countries and in their communities.
Chaired by: Ali Raza Khan, Country Coordinator for YES Pakistan
Kaitlyn Olson, Country Coordinator for YES USA
Graciano Baillard, Country Coordinator for YES Dominican Republic
Gathecha Kamau (invited)
Session Coordinator: Opimbi Osore
Thursday September 14, 2006
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.
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: Heimo Laakkonen, UN Resident Coordinator for Kenya
Rupert Maclean, Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC
Hopolang Phororo, Youth Employment Specialist for Regional Office for Africa of ILO UN-Habitat (invited)
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, General Director of the 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 Liaison 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 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