"Innovation, Inclusion, Inspiration" will be the theme of the 2nd edition of the Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) International Conference taking place on 19-20 October 2021 in Ethiopia. 

SNV is partnering with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) for this 2nd edition of the OYE conference. SIDA is investing in and supporting the implementation of OYE projects in several countries such as Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

Anchored in the learnings and recommendations of the 1st OYE International Conference in Mali in October 2019, this conference aims to provide a platform for networking and stimulate continued dialogue and engagement of different actors and stakeholders in the space of youth employment and entrepreneurship development, including youth who are the epitome of the work that we do.

SNV’s Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) continues to transform communities and the lives of young people including young women in the countries where we work. SNV's youth employment and entrepreneurship development strategy provide tools, networks, and linkages between skilled young women and men and private sector players who in turn, offer much-needed market-based opportunities such as wage employment, internships and apprenticeships, markets and access to start-up capital for young people. OYE, in the spirit of ecosystem development, is in continued collaboration with national governments, the private sector, and related agencies, assuring sustainability and scale.

At this event, we will, among other topical and thematic issues, take a closer look at the role of each of these actors as pertains provision of opportunities for youth employment and workforce development, share what we are learning in the area of youth employment and entrepreneurship development and will seek to exchange good practices for enhanced collaboration and impact.

 Please see a draft agenda below: 


Day 1: Thursday, 19 October 2021

Youth inclusion/inspiration and opportunities for youth employment


8.55 AM.


  • Welcoming remarks
  • Introducing conference and event objectives


Organising committee

9.00 – 9.30 AM.


  • Keynote
  • Opening speech

Speakers TBC

9.30-10.00 AM.

SNV Youth Expo

Display of youth entrepreneurship, innovation, and improved socioeconomic perspectives

Participants:  Young women and men entrepreneurs

10:00-10:15 AM.

Plenary session

Topic: What is needed by young women and men to build resilience and sustainable entrepreneurial acumen in an evolving and competitive global marketplace (and sometimes in a fragile context)?

Speaker: TBC

10.15-11.00 AM.

Round table discussion

Main topic: Youth aspirations and perspectives on market opportunities


  • Digital innovation and youth employment
  • Youth green jobs and climate change
  • Young women and entrepreneurship development
  • SMEs growth in inclusive value chains and agri-food systems


11:00-11:45 AM.

Breakout cafes

Knowledge café 1:

Digital innovation and youth employment

Knowledge café 2: 

Youth green jobs, climate change and the future of work.

Facilitated session then Q&A

Presentation by a speaker

Facilitated session then Q&A

Presentation by a speaker

11:45-12:00 AM.

Closing and key take away a summary


Day 2: Thursday, 20 October 2021

Youth innovation and inclusion


  • Opening remarks
  • Brief recap of Day 1


9:05-09:20 AM.

Plenary session

Topic: Key innovative building blocks to financial access for emerging youth

Speaker: TBC

09:20-10:15 AM. 

Round table discussion  

Digitalisation and the Digital Eco-system: an opportunity for young women and men entrepreneurs and innovators


10:15-11:00 AM.

Breakout cafes

Knowledge café 1: Innovative approaches by young women entrepreneurs in agri-food systems:

Knowledge café 2: Innovative financial inclusion models in agri-food systems

Young woman or man entrepreneur


Young woman or man entrepreneur

11:00-11:45 AM.

Young entrepreneur of the year award categories

  • Digital innovation and youth employment
  • Youth and green jobs
  • Young women and entrepreneurship in agri-food systems
  • Innovation and youth financial inclusion
  • Innovation in the water sector

Organising committee

 11:45-12:00 PM.

Close and vote of thanks


12:00-12:15 PM.

Closing ceremony (if f2f)


To register 

To register for this event please complete the event registration form below. To complete this form, you will need a registration code. To receive a registration code if you have not already received one,  please contact oye@snv.org.

For more information 

We look forward to hosting you and to fruitful deliberations in Ethiopia. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact us at oye@snv.org.  


André de Jager

Managing Director Sectors – Agriculture and Energy

Jean Muthamia-Mwenda

Global Lead - Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship