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December 2012

December 5-6, 2012: Showcase on Farmer Financial Capability at Citi-FT Financial Education Summit

Making Cents President, Timothy Nourse, is a panel speaker at the Citi-FT Financial Education Summit, hosted by the Citi Foundation, the Pearson Foundation and the Financial Times, in Manila, Philippines. The panel will discuss financial capability for farmers, and showcase Making Cents´ training tools being used in Asia to accelerate behavior change among small-holder farmers.  For more information, visit



December 4, 2012: Making Cents at the Child & Youth Finance International regional Meeting for Asia and the Pacific

The 2012 Child & Youth Regional Meeting for Asia & the Pacific is bringing together leading experts, practitioners and innovators from within the region who are engaged in the issues of financial access and financial education for children and youth. As part of a workshop with diverse stakeholders, Timothy Nourse will share Making Cents´ experience with youth-friendly banking products. For more information, visit

November 2012

November 14, 2012: WNEW 99.1 FM interviews Making Cents Founder Fiona Macaulay, at Working Women´s Luncheon

Making Cents´ Founder, Fiona Macaulay will participate in the Working Women´s Luncheon panel discussion with other successful women in business in the Washington, DC area.  The Working Women´s Luncheon is designed to foster and promote the success of women. The panel will be moderated by Amy Morris, morning anchor for All News 99.1 and will discuss the the necessary steps to succeed in business, surviving in male-dominated industries, women´s entrepreneurial success stories and lessons learned.



November 8, 2012: "Building Inclusive Markets: Impact Through Financial Enterprise Solutions" at the annual SEEP Network Conference

Making Cents´ Veronica Torres is presenting on panel at the annual SEEP Network Conference along with representatives from Save the Children, Freedom from Hunger, and New America Foundation. The panel, titled " To Save or Not to Save: Overcoming Behavioral Institutional Barriers" will draw on behavioral economics and experiences working with fifteen formal and informal financial institutions to discuss psychologies and cognitive skills that motivate and block savings, as well as current practices in "nudging" savings, and balancing innovation with existing institutional practices. Learn more.

September 2012

September 2012: New Youth Economic Opportunities Portal

Making Cents just launched its new! This new learning platform is the first community of practice and knowledge exchange portal developed by and for the youth economic opportunities sector dedicated to:

  • Connect and share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned;

  • Exchange the latest resources, jobs, and funding opportunities; and

  • Impact the world´s 1.8 billion young people.

Unique features include:

Start Connecting Today!

July 2012

July 26, 2012: Making Cents President Speaks about Youth and Security at Department of State´s "Global Youth, Civilian Security, and National Security" Conference

Making Cents President Timothy Nourse was invited to be an expert speaker regarding youth, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment at Department of State´s "Global Youth, Civilian Security, and National Security" Conference. On the panel entitled "On the Ground Realities: Youth and Security," Mr. Nourse along with colleagues from Mercy Corps and St Michael College shared the latest research and programs on the ground that are supporting at-risk youth around the world. In her keynote speech, Under Secretary Maria Otero highlighted the importance of the event to raise awareness among the public, private, and civil society about the critical links between youth and civilian security and national security; and discuss and develop ideas about how to better engage youth in these regions and beyond. 

June 2012

June 27, 2012: Making Cents President leads SID Discussion on Youth Access to Financial Services

Making Cents President Timothy Nourse recently led a "Youth in Development Work Group" discussion highlighting programs from Making Cents, YouthSave Consortium, Freedom from Hunger, and Start Some Good. During the session, sponsored by the Society for International Development (SIDW) Washington, Mr. Nourse and the panelists discussed current strategies to meet the financial needs of vulnerable youth populations and the barriers preventing these needs from being met. The discussion also centered on various approaches to partnering with local financial institutions so that youth have greater access to financial services. To read more about the Youth in Development Work Group click here.



June 8, 2012: Making Cents President Presents at USAID Economic Growth & Post-Conflict Environment Seminar

Making Cents President Timothy Nourse presented on micro-finance institutions and tools as part of the USAID seminar, Economic Growth in Post-Conflict Countries. The training was held to provide guidance to development planners that prioritize, design, and deliver economic growth programs in post-conflict environments. Specifically, Mr. Nourse spoke about the role of micro-finance institutions (MFIs), basic principles of sound MFI operations, and credit vs. savings and transactions. For more information on how USAID develops economic growth programs in post-conflict environments, click here.

May 2012

May 2012: Check out the latest news from the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference

The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference is the leading annual global conference on increasing economic opportunities for young people.

  • Register now and join more than 400 participants, including practitioners, policy-makers, funders, private sector and NGO actors, and other change-makers who are advancing youth economic opportunities. 

  • Already registered? Conference registrants that have paid gain exclusive access to the new Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference LinkedIn Group. By joining this group, you can make early connections and arrange meetings with other confirmed participants. Click here to access the Conference LinkedIn Group and start making those vital connections! 

  • How have previous conferences impacted your work? Share how your participation at the Global Youth Economic Conference helped to improve or scale your work in a short video and you could win 2 free conference registrations (a nearly $1,400 value)! Submit your entry by June 29, 2012. Click here for contest details. View last year's winning video here

  • Join the list of 2012 Conference sponsors by investing in this important learning event. To find out how your organization can become a 2012 sponsor, click here.



May 20, 2012: Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference Agenda & Speaker Bios Now Available

The 2012 Conference agenda is now available for you to review.  This year´s conference showcases 60 sessions and 120 world-class speakers from 25 countries with a special cross-cutting spotlight on technology.


Unique interactive sessions and networking events are designed to equip you with the latest research and trends and provide opportunities to develop and deepen relationships. Detailed session descriptions ensure you select and attend sessions based on your technical interests.


This year´s conference features five learning tracks:

  • Workforce Development

  • Financial Services and Capabilities

  • Enterprise Development

  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment

  • Adolescent Girls and Young Women


Click here to check out this year´s featured speakers and session topics.

April 2012

April 22-27, 2012: Making Cents Presents at 2012 CIES Conference

Making Cents recently took part in the 2012 Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference by presenting on ways to make entrepreneurship curricula accessible and relevant to young people. At the event, YFS-Link Program Manager, Rathi Mani, spoke to colleagues about Making Cents´ experience in developing and tailoring entrepreneurship curricula to be interactive and applicable to youth in Palestine and Liberia. The 2012 CIES conference focused on the "education revolution", its legacy, current challenges, and promises for the future. For information about CIES, visit:



April 17, 2012: Conversations that Build and Strengthen Youth Economic Opportunities

On April 17, Hidde van der Veer, Executive Director of Aflatoun, and Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, Director of the Microsavings and Payments Innovation Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action came to Making Cents and presented on the recently completed rigorous evaluation of Aflatoun´s school-based financial education program for youth in Ghana.


Ms. Ratan focused her presentation on how IPA uses randomized controlled trials to evaluate the theory of change of development programs such as Aflatoun, using survey methodology to measure the outcomes of interest. She also presented results from the evaluation, which showed that both programs successfully increasing student savings and shifted savings to school. Ms. Ratan and Mr. van der Veer then led participants in a discussion on the role of incorporating social components in a financial literacy curriculum aimed at youth.


Weren´t able to attend? Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation. Click here to watch a 10-minute video of key take-aways from the event.  To view Tweets from the learning event, please visit:!/MakingCentsIntl



April 2, 2012: New "State of the Field" Publication Now Available to Download

Review the outcomes and impact of the 2011 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Click here for a free download of this practical, "go-to" resource featuring learning from over 80 leading organizations that are working to increase and improve economic opportunities for young people around the world.  Topics include:

  • Workforce Development 

  • Financial Services and Capabilities 

  • Youth Enterprise Development

  • Adolescent Girls & Young Women

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, & Impact Assessment  


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March 2012

March 29, 2012: Making Cents Peer Reviews M&E/Youth Livelihood Guide Developed by World Bank and Global Partnership for Youth Employment

Making Cents staff recently served as peer reviewers for the newly released publication, Measuring Success of Youth Livelihood Interventions: A Practical Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation. The guide, developed by the World Bank and Global Partnership for Youth Employment, provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction of monitoring and evaluation and its application in the field of youth employment and livelihood development. Making Cents Founder and CEO, Fiona Macaulay, along with Veronica Torres, Director, Youth Economic Opportunities, contributed as peer reviewers. Click here to access a free copy of the document. 



March 21, 2012: Making Cents Participates in NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell Ceremony

On March 21, Making Cents International joined Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) as the organization rang in the NASDAQ stock market opening bell. The event helped highlight CYFI´s goal of ensuring 100 million children and youth have access to appropriate and low cost financial products by 2015. As a CYFI Supervisory Board Member, Making Cents attended the NASDAQ event to support the two organization´s shared vision of youth-inclusive financial services. 


In keeping with that vision, Making Cents President Timothy Nourse participated in two sessions at CYFI´s International Summit in April. In a pre-conference event entitled, "Components of a National Child and Youth Strategy: The Experience of Malawi", he discussed Making Cents´ development of a child savings product with Opportunity International Bank of Malawi. Later, Mr. Nourse will chair a discussion on innovative characteristics of child friendly banking products. The Summit, which took place April 3 - 4 in Amsterdam, brought together children, youth and senior level representatives from across various sectors on the topic of financial inclusion and Child and Youth Finance education for children and youth.

January 2012

January 2012: Closing the Gap Between Evaluation and Practice in Youth Economic Empowerment

On January 13, Making Cents hosted Dr. Gina Chowa and her colleagues from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to discuss efforts to measure the outcomes and impact of youth economic opportunity programs. Dr. Chowa and her team focused on the ethical, practical, and methodological benefits and challenges of different types of evaluation designs, comparing and contrasting experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental approaches.  Weren´t able to attend? Click here to view the presenters´ PowerPoint slides. To watch a 5-minute video of key take-aways from the event, please visit: To view Tweets from the learning event, please visit:

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