Achievement At Glance
In 2022, the SOYEE meta-evaluation found that the majority of sampled projects had either fully or largely achieved their objectives. Key achievements were that young women enhanced their sense of self-worth, agency to be leaders, and improved skills and knowledge to access work. Findings on gender transormative change were that SOYEE projects improved the condition, position and agency of young women and girls, addressed youth needs in all their diversity, and created an enabling environment for gender equality and inclusion. The vast majority of sampled projects were also considered to have achieved sustainable outcomes.
Key Highlight On Guiding Principle
Plan International applied gender transformative approaches to programmes and influencing, including in SOYEE. The elements of the gender transformative approach are to address social norms, enhance young women's agency, support young women in their diversity, enhance their condition and position, engage men and boys in gender equality, and develop the enabling environment for young women. Recognising and addressing the heterogeneity of young people is in-built into the approach of supporting young women in their diversity. As skills building is a foundational component of SOYEE, Plan International significantly invests in education and skills development.
By 2030, Plan International will equip 1 million vulnerable and marginalized youth, particularly young women, in the Global South with market-relevant technical, soft and digital skills to access decent work opportunities, whether waged or self-employment, of their choosing.
This global initiative has four pathways: (1) education and training institutions providing young people, particularly young women, with relevant and market-driven skills to transition to decent work; (2) private sector investments in skills development of young people and opportunities for waged and self-employment; (3) enabling environment that addresses entrenched barriers impeding the full participation of young women and other vulnerable and marginalized youth in the world of work; and (4) improved breadth and depth of youth employment and entrepreneurship programming.
Plan International will pursue demand-driven skills development interventions; strategic partnerships with stakeholders at all levels; and evidence-based advocacy to drive policy and practice changes. Furthermore, Plan International will leverage technology to reach vulnerable and marginalized youth populations, especially young women.
Plan International also commits to tackling the root causes of gender inequality – i.e., working with young women and young men, communities, civil society and youth organizations, education and training providers, employers, and regional and global actors to address norms, stereotypes and behaviors that impede the participation of young women in the world of work.
Through various interconnected approaches and collaborating with different stakeholders, Plan International will contribute to building a youth workforce equipped with the skills necessary to access decent work in development and humanitarian contexts.