Youth Empowerment Project (YEP!)

The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) addresses the economic root causes of irregular migration by supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship. The four-year project started in January 2017 and is funded by the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for Stability.

Entity

International Trade Centre (ITC) United Nations system entity

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

Partners

  • European Union

    Government or intergovernmental entity

    Financial and/or in-kind contribution

  • Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment of the Republic of The Gambia

    Government or intergovernmental entity

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Policy, advocacy and convening power; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

  • Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of The Gambia

    Government or intergovernmental entity

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

description

YEP takes a market-led approach to improving the skills and employability of potential and returning migrants according to demands of the job market. ITC works with training institutions to enhance the institutional capacities and improve the service offering to youth. YEP also develops partnerships between industry and training institutions will help to keep up with changing market needs. Entrepreneurship is promoted among youth through business skills training and support programmes. Targeted business support services are also provided to improve the performance and growth of youth-owned businesses. Simultaneously, YEP seeks to create employment opportunities along Gambian value chains. Through developing enterprises and the Gambian private sector as a whole the project aims to provide more and better quality jobs for youth. The project concentrates on sectors that have largest potential for employment creation, such as agribusiness, services and tourism. Thriving agribusiness and service sectors offer job opportunities and lucrative career options. Taking a value chain approach the project focuses on integrating micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to value chains and connect them to markets

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 4,000 jobs created for young people, including through subsidized employment and entrepreneurship

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Create jobs for young Gambians

    BY: Dec 2020
  • 4,000 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Young Gambians have improved skills to meet the job market requirements

    BY: Dec 2020
  • 4,000 young people supported through entrepreneurship training, advisory services, access to markets or access to finance

    4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

    Young Gambians are aware of the importance of financial management

    BY: Dec 2020

Start

01-Feb-2017

End

31-Dec-2020

USD 12,775,842

Estimated total value of the commitment

100,000

young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: Only young people 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-35

Primarily:
  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young people in rural areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs

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