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November 2009

Making Cents presents at SEEP Network Annual Conference

Fiona Macaulay, President of Making Cents, recently presented at The SEEP Network Annual Conference  on her work as the lead facilitator of SEEP's Practitioner Learning Program (PLP) in Youth and Workforce Development. Her presentation can be viewed here: Youth PLP Presentation. For more information about the PLP please visit The SEEP Network Youth and Workforce Development website. Beth Porter, Director of the Youth-Inclusive Financial Services Linkages Program at Making Cents, also presented at the conference. Her presentation can be viewed here: YFS Presentation.


Beth Porter named WAM Woman of the Year 2009

Making Cents' Beth Porter was named Woman of the Year by Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) on November 4th. Beth was recognized for her years of service in the microfinance industry and for her current initiative at Making Cents to expand youth-focused financial services worldwide. For more information, visit


Film Screening of "Where the Water Meets the Sky". November 16, 2009, Washington, D.C.

Making Cents collaborated with Camfed, an NGO that works to educate girls and invest in economic and leadership opportunities for young women in Africa, to share the award-winning documentary Camfed produced, "Where the Water Meets the Sky". "Where the Water Meets the Sky" is the inspiring story of a group of women in rural Zambia who learn how to make a film as a way to speak out about their lives. The film covers topics such as HIV and AIDS, livelihoods opportunities for girls and young women, education, and human rights. This was the first event in Making Cents´ new series called Conversations to Build and Strengthen the Youth Enterprise & Livelihoods Development Field". Our goal is to provide a regular, open, and safe learning space where members of our global community can have an honest dialogue around lessons learned, promising practices, pressing questions, field-tested tools, and innovative approaches for increasing and improving economic opportunities for young people.  The dialogues are designed to be informal and practical so participants will walk away with concrete information that can inform their programming, policymaking, and partnership building. More than 25 people attended the documentary and dialogue.

September 2009

Global Youth Enterprise Conference. September 29-30, 2009, Washington, D.C

Making Cents convened more than 300 practitioners, educators, researchers, youth, funders, government representatives, and other partners in youth enterprise, employment, and livelihoods development from 43 countries for the 2009 Global Youth Enterprise Conference. The conference took place September 29-30, 2009 in Washington, DC.

This participatory and demand-driven learning event provided participants with a space to share their promising practices, lessons learned, and innovative ideas for increasing and improving economic opportunities for youth. A whole half-day focused on the new and growing field of Youth-Inclusive Financial Services. Participants have reported that as a direct result of having attended, they gained new technical capacity, explored new partnerships, and shared information with leading stakeholders from around the world. Making Cents is in the process of synthesizing the key learning points and programmatic examples from the conference to produce a practical publication, which will be disseminated and available for free download in early 2010. For more information on the conference and Making Cents´ post-conference publications, please visit:


Focus on Financial Services. September 30, 2009, Washington, D.C

Making Cents will host a half-day dialogue focused on the state of the youth-inclusive financial services sector and strategize a participatory growth plan for the field over the next three years during the 2009 Global Youth Enterprise Conference.  Become engaged and attend. For more information, please contact Rathi Mani, Youth-Inclusive Financial Services Linkage Project Coordinator, by email:


Adapting Training Products for Youth. September 28, 2009, Washington, D.C. 

Making Cents hosted a half-day session on how to adapt several of the Making Cents field-tested enterprise development training products to participants' programs. Attendees gained hands-on experience with Making Cents training products, and learned how these products can be adapted to different programs. Featured curricula included: Market Opportunities curriculum, Agriculture Enterprise curriculum, Business Fundamentals for Cooperatives, and MicroEnterprise Fundamentals curriculum for illiterate and semi-literate populations.

June 2009

Publication Announcement

Making Cents is pleased to announce the release of the following publication:  State of the Field in Youth Enterprise, Employment, and Livelihoods Development. Market-Driven Approaches; Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment; and Youth-Inclusive Financial Services.


Making Cents Featured in New York Times Article

The New York Times wrote an article on the importance of providing business skills training to the world´s poor, and how such training can be a way to end hunger and stabilize societies. Full Article


Making Cents Selected for OPEN Savings American Express Print Advertisement

The American Express OPEN Savings advertisement selects Making Cents to be featured in the July/August, 2009 issue of Fortune Small Business as example of the kind of client-driven business America needs. View Ad.


International Symposium on Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

Making Cents´ Manager of Innovative Partnerships & Learning Initiatives, Whitney Harrelson, presented lessons learned in the area of market-driven approaches related to youth employment and entrepreneurship at the International Symposium on Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship.  The Symposium took place in Beijing, China, and was co-organized by the All-China Youth Federation, the International Labour Organization and the World Bank. 


Making Cents Leads Course at the MicroEnterprise Development Institute. 

Making Cents´ President and Founder, Fiona Macaulay, conducted a course on youth-inclusive financial services at Southern New Hampshire University´s 2009 MicroEnterprise Development Institute. Microfinance and microenterprise practitioners from around the world participated.

March 2009

Making Cents Conducts the "Youth-Inclusive Financial Services: Implementing Good Practices in the Field" Course.

Making Cents conducted its "Youth-Inclusive Financial Services: Implementing Good Practices in the Field" course in Washington, D.C. Fully subscribed, the 30 course participants came from Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and North America. They participated in an innovative and action-oriented program that provided engaged learning on program approaches and designs to link youth to appropriate financial services.

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