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YouthSave News Flash: Bank of Kathmandu Launches Youth Savings Account for Low-Income Youth

April 30, 2012
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The YouthSaveConsortium is pleased to announce that on April 25th, the BankofKathmandu (BoK) launched its “BoK Chetanshil Yuwa Bachat Yojana (CYBY)” (meaning ‘Conscientious Youth Savings Plan’) – a savings account tailored for low-income youth aged 10 to 22.

Manhunt

May 1, 2012

The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man.

Working with Schools to Improve Youth Financial Capability: Tips from the Field

April 6, 2012
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By Rani Deshpande, Save the Children

Cross-posted on YouthSave.org

When considering how to reach kids with financial capability programming, schools – an aggregation point for hundreds, sometimes thousands of young people – seem like an obvious place to start.  However, as YouthSave’s programs in Colombia and Nepal have learned, determining how to successfully work with schools to deliver financial capability programming requires almost as much thought and iteration as designing the intervention itself. 

The Real Afghanistan Binary: State Rule vs. State Failure

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
February 6, 2012 |

Amid the international debate over the future of Afghanistan, a false binary has taken hold. Afghanistan is torn, we are told, between two choices: a corrupt, ineffective, increasingly unpopular government of President Hamid Karzai or the prospect of the return of the Taliban and their twisted and violent vision of Islam and a manifestly disastrous ruling history. In this stark choice, Mr Karzai is the usual winner.

Bin Laden's Final Days -- Big Plans, Deep Fears

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
March 16, 2012 |

Tapping away at his computer in the study of the suburban compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that he called home for the last years of his life, Osama bin Laden wrote memos urging his followers to continue to try to attack the United States, suggesting, for instance, they mount assassination attempts against President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus.

Mapping the Potential for Wealth Creation through Cash Transfers

March 6, 2012

NAF's Global Savings and Social Protection initiative is excited to release its first heat-mapping of different countries' potential to implement savings-linked social protection programs. NAF has identified 51 countries around the world that have social safety net/public benefit programs that involve cash transfers. For these countries, this map shows 11 different variables relating to their payment infrastructure. A country's score of 1-5 on each variable corresponds to its relative quintile; that is to say, India's score on ATM's per 100,000 adults is a '2' because its data falls in the second quintile (between the 20th and 40th percentile). Each variable is used to compute the country's composite Payment Infrastructure rating of Low/Medium/High. Roll over or click a country to view individual indicators.

The Economic and Geo-Political Implications of China-Centric Globalization

  • By
  • Thomas Palley,
  • New America Foundation
February 8, 2012

The last 30 years have witnessed the era of globalization which has been marked by the creation of an integrated global economy. Globalization has been the product of both policy and market forces, and U.S. policymakers have persistently been in the vanguard. However, what began as a project of globalization has been transformed with little explicit public discussion into a project of China-centric globalization.

Stop Fretting About Beijing as a Global Policeman

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Jonas Parello-Plesner, European Council on Foreign Relations
December 28, 2011 |

This year proved a tipping point for China’s approach to the world. The confluence of Europe’s debt crisis and America’s contracting defence budget has created rising expectations that China will shoulder ever greater power burdens for international stability. No longer can it keep a low profile in international strategic and economic affairs. Could it join America as a world policeman sooner than expected?

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