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The Power of Mentorship

Most of us will agree that one of the most important resources we have as a society is social capital. Social capital is the power that is found in relations, in the norms and values that we hold and the resulting social networks. Social capital is especially important in participatory resource management where the value of the communities social capital can be used to generate fair, equitable use of natural resource while maintaining the integrity of these resources.

Closely related to social capital is the relational power that each of us hold usually cultivated through interpersonal characteristics such as ability to interact with others, ability to be in a group and ability to break social barriers and interact with people who hold different values among others. It is also cultivated through intra-personal skills such as the ability to bring people together, to mediate and to empower others through such processes such as mentorship. Mentorship allows these skills to be passed from one generation to the other, from one community to the other and from one group to the other in an effort to achieve positive outcomes.

In The Power of Mentorship Rehema Abdul, a marketer and a writer based in Kigali, Rwanda writes about the role of mentorship especially for young people who are looking to develop and support their social capital, develop skills and benefit their communities.

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The critical role of minimum-wage laws

The effect of minimum wage laws to unemployment has received both political and academic attention over the years. While most developed countries such as the United States have had federal laws on minimum wage as well as different state laws, some countries such as Australia have managed to stay behind in enacting such laws. Introduction of minimum wage laws and implementation have impact on the demand and supply of labour and subsequently on the working hours. Young people are usually most affected by the impacts of minimum wage laws because of their tendency to work part-time usually because they study. Although, there have been temporary loss of employment from the introduction of minimum wages legislations world over, studies show that this is only temporary and in some cases unemployment from these legislations can be disputed.

When the minimum wage rises, the quantity of labour demanded by employers declines while the labour supply increases as more people are willing to work for a higher pay. What happens then, is that the invisible hand of the market as described by Adam Smith takes over to offer equilibrium where both employers and employees find the balance. This balance is usually more beneficial to employees who can have greater benefits from their work. The employers tend to prefer full-time employees when the minimum wage is higher and so employers become more open to discuss more stable working terms for the previous part-time young people and mothers. Unless, the federal and state governments intervenes to introduce and make minimum wage laws, the labour markets would not normally start the process and so the need for legislation.


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