Providing youth with concrete employment opportunities

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August 2017


Worldwide, around 71 million youth are unemployed. Meaningful employment for young people is essential to achieve sustainable economic development; however, in many regions, youth often lack relevant market skills and are not provided with real opportunities. To tackle the problem, a sole focus on training youth is not enough. This year on #YouthDay we discussed multi-faceted solutions for sustainable youth employment. Explore our vision and read on to get inspired by the success stories of some of the youth we have been working with.




Young Chupai from rural Mozambique finds new hope


"After attending the OYE life skills and entrepreneurship training, I was motivated to work hard as I realised I could turn my own agriculture activities into a successful business." Read more.


The success story of a young agri-business group in Tanzania


Members of the Twaweza group live in the mountain village of Mundu on the outskirts of Morogoro, Tanzania. But despite their isolated location, they have managed to become a strong agricultural trading network. Their name and motto: "Yes, we can!" Read more.




Young Margreth is driven to succeed as a solar energy entrepreneur


Margreth Msumi from Morogoro, Tanzania, has always thought of herself as an entrepreneur. After completing the OYE training in 2015, she started her own solar PV installation business and is now planning to open a solar lights supply store. Read more.


Youth brings sustainable energy to Niger’s communities


In Niger, only about 15% of the population has access to electricity. This leaves more than 16 million people without power. But with YAWWA’s support, a group of entrepreneurial youth is working to close this gap by bringing sustainable sources of energy to Niger’s underserved communities. Read more.




Is demand creation enough to reach sustainable ODF status at scale?


Triggering behavioural change is needed to ensure real and sustainable improvements in eradicating open defecation within communities. However, the question remains: how do we get communities to stop open defecation and sustain open defecation free practices? Read more.


Amina's business turns waste into furniture & creates jobs for youth


Most of us would look at an old tire or some old scraps of plastic and only see garbage. But Amina Issa Ado from Niger saw something different. With support from the YAWWA project, she started a business that turns waste into stylish furniture, protects the environment and also creates jobs for her fellow youth. Read more.


Entrepreneurial youth launch Niger Bioplast to address Niamey’s garbage problem


To tackle Niamey’s garbage problem, a group of entrepreneurial and talented youth launched Niger Bioplast, with support from the YAWWA project. Niger Bioplast is a social enterprise that supplies clients with reliable, professional trash collection and innovative models for recycling and repurposing what has been thrown away. Read more.


Young women dominate 2017 OYE Tanzania boot camp competition


After three days of intensive workshops and a wealth of knowledge and experience gained, 30 ambitious participants anxiously waited to hear the names of the 2017 winners. The competition was fierce and in the end, female entrepreneurs dominated the field and took home most prizes. Read more.


Empowering Ugandan youth to create sustainable wealth


In Uganda, youth unemployment and underemployment stand at 11% and 26%, respectively. In a country in which 78% of the population is below the age of 30, urgent action is needed to tackle the problem. Read how the YES project is addressing the issue.


Behavioural design & behavioural change in women's economic empowerment


Raymond Brandes, Manager of the ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises’ (EOWE) project, and his team members discuss the role of behavioural design and behavioural change in the EOWE programme. EOWE seeks to accelerate women's economic empowerment in Kenya and Vietnam. Read the blog post.
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