If the year 2020 taught us anything, it is that we can never take in-person interaction for granted. As communities around the globe were forced to self-isolate to slow the spread of COVID-19, online communications skyrocketed. We all turned to digital tools to connect socially and professionally.
As we continue with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), I am struck by the parallels between healthcare workers dealing with COVID-19 burnout and our community of GBV professionals.
One thing I have learned after working in the international development sector for over 30 years is that there are rarely simple answers to why something is happening.
As we celebrate International Youth Day this week, I have been asking myself why it is that year after year, senior leaders are quick to applaud young people for speaking out but are so reluctant to make real space for them at the decision-making tables?
Many young people living in developing countries have heard the constant refrain from their governments, NGOs, and other community actors that the path to the future is via entrepreneurship.
As a young Nigerian who has lived in the United States for little over a year, I have mixed feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, worry, and hope during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
As I reflect on the last five years of YouthPower Learning, I think about the youth leaders and advocates like Annet Birungi, co-founder of Safeplan Uganda and a YouthPower Learning grantee.