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 We apologize in advance for any out-of-date information, including Internet links.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