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Youth leaders and specialists meet to improve economic opportunity for young people

More than 360 youth specialists and young leaders from 62 countries will meet at the 2010 Global Youth Enterprise & Livelihoods Development Conference to share lessons learned and new ideas that build entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for young people.

The event will take place at the Inter-American Development Bank on September 14-16.

This conference comes at a time when the global youth population stands at a historical high of 1.5 billion, with 1.3 billion young people living in the developing countries. The International Labour Organization estimates that within the next ten years, another 1 billion young people will enter the labor market. At this conference, leading youth specialists from around the world will discuss innovative solutions to the employment crisis facing young people.

The event will also discuss the Bank’s work to foster youth development, including projects by the IDB´s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and the new television program for young people with MTV.

IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno will inaugurate the event. Speakers include Reeta Roy, President and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation.

Making Cents International, the leading organizer, is a social enterprise based in Washington, D.C. that provides specialized technical services and curriculum to individuals and organizations working in enterprise development. 


 2010 Global Youth Enterprise & Livelihoods Development Conference


Tuesday, September 14-16, 2010


Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium
1330 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC


Luis Alberto Moreno, IDB President 
Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation
Mario Cader-Frech, Vice President of Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility
MTV Networks Latin America
Nickelodeon Latin America
Maria Hinojosa, President of Futuro Media Group
Robert Knezevic, Regional Director of International Partnerships
Sesame Workshop
Diana Wells, President of Ashoka
Stephanie Rudat of the Huffington Post
Dr. Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology of Columbia University


Reporters who want to attend the event, please contact Norma Rivera,, (202) 623-1356.


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