Archived News - 2008

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December 2008

Making Cents Hosts Webinar: "Youth-Inclusive Financial Services: Assessment and Product Design."

Making Cents conducted this two-part webinar for members of the SEEP Network´s Practitioner Learning Program. It attracted participation from 12 microfinance institutions and youth-serving organizations, as well as collaborators from four leading youth-inclusive financial service providers. Attendees included international NGOs (e.g. MEDA, Save the Children, and Plan International) and local practitioners (e.g. Camfed Zambia, Partner MFK Bosnia, Fundación Paraguaya and BRAC).  

November 2008

Making Cents Hosts Session at the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education Forum.

Making Cents´ Business Development Associate, Fernando Maldonado, led participants through an interactive session on Making Cents´ experiential learning curricula and teacher´s aids for elementary, middle, and high school levels.


Making Cents Presents at the SEEP Annual Conference

Making Cents presented Youth Enterprise & Youth Financial Services: Key Considerations and New Understandings, sharing with practitioners the lessons learned from the Youth-Inclusive Financial Services: Emerging Good Practices course Making Cents conducted in September, 2008.

September 2008

Making Cents Conducts the "Youth-Inclusive Financial Services: Emerging Good Practices" Course.

Making Cents brought together 25 youth-serving and microfinance practitioners from around the globe for a collaborative course to identify, understand and address the need youth have to access finance. A key outcome of the courses was the identification of the 14 principles or guidelines for creating financial products or programs that link youth to financial services.


Making Cents Hosts Second Annual Global Youth Enterprise Conference. 

The 2008 Global Youth Enterprise Conference convened 350 representatives from 189 organizations in 50 countries to discuss: 1) Market-Driven Approaches; 2) Effective Methodologies and Practices for Monitoring, Evaluating, and Conducting Impact Assessments; and 3) Youth-Inclusive Financial Services. Through these technical themes, conference participants engaged in action-based learning on topics such as youth financial services, working with adolescent girls, and implementing initiatives in conflict-affected environments. The conference has led to the formation of new partnerships; the acquisition of new technical skills; and the dissemination of lessons learned, promising practices, and innovative ideas.  For further information, visit the Global Youth Enterprise Conference website at:

July 2008

Making Cents Hosts a Workshop at Ashoka´s First Annual Youth Venture Summit

Held at the American University in Washington, D.C., Making Cents conducted an interactive session to youth leaders on key enterprise skills and how to apply them to their community based ventures.  For a video ad on the First Annual Youth Venture Summit click here!

May 2008

Making Cents was Invited by the Italian Government to Engage in a Collaborative Effort to Develop a G-Local Initiative: Youth for Sustainable Development

This long-term process promotes and supports the creation of a durable G-Local (Global-Local) environment where young citizens can fully exert their responsibility to actively participate in shaping a sustainable future for all. 


Making Cents Participates in the World Bank Annual Communications Conference

Making Cents was one of a select group of organizations invited to participate as discussion facilitators in the "Working with the Next Generation" session at the World Bank´s Annual Communications Conference. Communications Specialists from each World Bank country office convened in Washington, D.C. for meetings and trainings related to communications, and those also working on issues pertaining to youth.

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