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  • Asia Dialogue - First steps towards youth citizenship, a vital ingredient in India’s future

    First steps towards youth citizenship, a vital ingredient in India’s future

    Mukta Naik

    In the Indian city of Indore, located 570 kms from Mumbai, Mohan spends his day attending classes at an engineering college and his evenings with his friends. His father owns a small business and he is the first in his family to go to college. His family expects him to get a well-paid job when he graduates. Mohan, aware of how tough the job market is, resents his family’s unreasonable expectations and is desperately seeking a sense of direction. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Online Work: The Game-Changer for Asia’s Entrepreneurs

    Online Work: The Game-Changer for Asia’s Entrepreneurs

    Nicolas Picard

    An exciting tech trend is reshaping Asian workforces. In countries like Bangladesh where the economy is expanding alongside faster broadband speeds and mobile penetration, entrepreneurs and skilled workers looking for employment are turning to online work, or eWork. A 2014 report on global online work by Elance-oDesk (a merger of two eWork “freelance” platforms) measured over 8 million registered online freelancers and 2 million registered business clients on its two platforms combined. It is predicted that in 2014, $930 million worth of work will be completed on the platform. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Graduate’s Dilemma

    Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Graduate’s Dilemma

    Rowan Fraser

    Khulna, Bangladesh

    If you are born in one of Asia’s secondary cities a choice is made at some point as to whether to go or stay.  In this post, Selina is interviewed on this dilemma, and why she left for the country’s capital city.  Focus is on what the secondary city of Khulna could do to keep her and other young graduates from heading for the capital, an issue of retention of young well-educated professionals. Why graduates tend to move on from secondary cities, and why this move is especially challenging for educated young women. READ MORE