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to the sec­ond is­sue of South­ern In­no­va­tor. Our first is­sue, in May 2011, cov­ered the dy­namic and fast-chang­ing world of mo­bile phones and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy for de­vel­op­ment. This is­sue fea­tures en­trepreneurs who are tack­ling the chal­lenge of youth un­em­ploy­ment by clev­erly ap­ply­ing busi­ness mod­els to boost in­comes, in­crease pros­per­ity and re­duce poverty.

The world to­day faces a para­dox. The world now has the largest num­ber of young peo­ple that it has ever known, rep­re­sent­ing an enor­mous po­ten­tial for growth. Yet these youth live mostly in the global South, where un­em­ploy­ment lev­els for young peo­ple have been ris­ing dur­ing the global eco­nomic cri­sis. And for those youth who are work­ing, many earn a mea­gre liv­ing in poor con­di­tions. In short, they are not ful­fill­ing their po­ten­tial and this is one of the great­est chal­lenges of our time.

The sto­ries in this is­sue were cho­sen for the inspired think­ing and busi­ness so­lu­tions that they bring to a com­mon con­cern: poverty and un­em­ploy­ment. Not all these busi­nesses will sur­vive. They op­er­ate in dif­fi­cult so­cial and eco­nomic con­di­tions and there­fore read­ers should re­call the Latin warn­ing “caveat emp­tor” – buyer be­ware – which still ap­plies ev­ery­where in the world.

This is­sue of South­ern In­no­va­tor shows how un­leash­ing the po­ten­tial and ac­tual in­ge­nu­ity of youth can give a much-needed jolt to ef­forts to achieve de­vel­op­ment goals. And this in­cludes the Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals.

There are also a num­ber of new fea­tures in this sec­ond is­sue. We have in­cluded more vis­ual re­sources to make it eas­ier to di­gest lessons learned cap­tured in the mag­a­zine and to grasp what other re­sources can be tapped into in or­der to get your en­ter­prise off the ground.

In each is­sue of South­ern In­no­va­tor you will find con­tact in­for­ma­tion for fur­ther fol­lowup. We have at­tempted to pro­vide the most cur­rent in­for­ma­tion, but given the quick pace of change in the global South, this is not al­ways pos­si­ble. We apol­o­gize in ad­vance for any out-of-date in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing In­ter­net links. We hope that this mag­a­zine makes a use­ful con­tri­bu­tion to your work and helps to in­spire all con­cerned to act!

Cos­mas Gitta Editor-in-chief South­ern In­no­va­tor www.south­ernin­no­va­tor.org

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