One Year On – How Young Social Entrepreneurs Rose to the Challenge of COVID-19

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One year on since COVID-19 was officially recognized as a pandemic on 11 March 2020, it is clear that the road to recovery will be a long and hard one. The sheer loss of life, the number of people who have lost their jobs, missed out on education or been hit by other forms of hardship induced by the crisis, is unfathomable. Young people are among the hardest hit.

However, in spite of the deep and disproportionate impacts that they have experienced as a result of the pandemic, young people across the world have mobilized in unprecedented numbers. They have demonstrated the huge value they represent as leaders in COVID-19 response and recovery and, more widely, in sustainable development.

The Youth Solutions Report is an annual flagship publication of the Youth Solutions Program of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Chapter 4, “Solutions from Young Social Entrepreneurs in Asia-Pacific to the COVID-19 Pandemic”, was authored by Youth Co:Lab – an initiative co-led by UNDP and Citi Foundation.

To launch the report and more broadly to call attention to the innovative ways in which young people, in particular young social entrepreneurs, have led the way in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, SDSN and Youth Co:Lab will collaborate on an Asia-Pacific oriented release of the report and its findings.

During the session, we will hear from four young social entrepreneurs on how they have weathered the storm, and what concrete solutions they have found to overcome COVID-19.