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In Tanzania, Rwanda, and Mozambique, unemployment rates for youth are 2-3 times higher than those of adults, with an even higher rate of unemployment among young women. Furthermore, poverty levels in these three countries range from 45 to 68%, according to the World Bank. The vast majority of rural youth depend on 'vulnerable' employment in subsistence farming, and informal self-employment without a stable income or the opportunity for professional development or long-term growth. Consequently, many rural youth migrate to urban centers in search of work, but often they lack an adequate skill set or clear understanding of the needs of the market.

SNV is implementing the OYE project in Rwanda, Tanzania and Mozambique with the aim to improve the livelihoods of 27,050 rural, out-of- school young people through skills training in a way that fuels their own aspirations as well as the needs of local agriculture, renewable energy and water & sanitation businesses. The OYE project targets underprivileged rural out-of-school youth aged between 18 - 24 years, with at least 40% of them being young women.

 

With the Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) project, we aim to sustainably increase youth employment and incomes by: providing skills and capacity development (push factor); linking youth to market opportunities for employment and enterprise development (match factor); and selecting opportunities in growth sectors that have concrete potential for employment creation (pull factor). We work with youth organisations, vocational training centers, local government, and business associations to identify young people who are out-of-school and unemployed and then coordinate with training providers to carefully screen and select disadvantaged young people to participate.

 

The OYE project is implemented by SNV in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Key facts

Objectives

1

Improve the livelihoods and prospects for 27,050 rural youth in Tanzania, Rwanda and Mozambique.

2

Create direct employment and improve incomes for 17,500 young women and men

3

Create benefits for over 66,000 people

Our results

Youth enrolled in our training programmes
21,352
Youth who successfully completed training programmes
21,000
Youth-led enterprises started
650
Youth who gained employment
16,000
Youth enrolled in our training programmes
21,352
Youth who successfully completed training programmes
21,000
Youth-led enterprises started
650
Youth who gained employment
16,000

Project in countries

In Rwanda, SNV is implementing the OYE project in partnership with Mastercard Foundation with the aim to achieve access to employment, self-employment in the Renewable Energy sector in 30 districts countrywide.

OYE Rwanda aims to reach out 4,000 youth and enable them to access employment in Renewable energy.

To achieve this goal, OYE Rwanda has entered into partnership with Government Ministries and agencies, MoUs have been signed with the Ministry of Youth and ICT, The Ministry of Infrastructure, the Rwanda Energy Group as well as the Workforce Development Authority.

 

OYE Rwanda works with five local service providers (GLES, RECONS, IB&C, G-MICRO and INDIGO) in the implementation of the project. OYE has partnered with 20 local private companies and 5 international solar companies. The Renewable Energy employment focus is in 5 sub-sectors: solar, biogas, improved cook stoves, briquette and pico hydropower.

 

At this stage 3,897 young girls and boys enrolled the project, 2,259 accessed (self-) employment and established 56 youth-led enterprises, 35 youth cooperatives and 51 Youth Saving and Lending Associations.

have enrolled in the programme
3,897
young people
accessed (self-) employment
2,259
young people
Established
56
enterprises
have enrolled in the programme
3,897
young people
accessed (self-) employment
2,259
young people
Established
56
enterprises

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