The Romany Youth Entrepreneurship (RYE) programme, which started in 1997, aims to improve the opportunities for young Romanies by training them in business and entrepreneurships skills. Led by the Czech Business Leaders Forum in cooperation with Nova Skola, a Czech foundation active in Romany education programmes, young Romanies will be provided with free training on how to set up and run a business and given one-on-one help by volunteer business mentors from the local Czech Romany community. Financial assistance is available in the form of small loans for the development of suitable business plans. The programme is sponsored by a grant from Levi-Strauss Europe and the British-Czech Partnership Scheme of the British Embassy in Prague.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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