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Youth Economic Opportunity
Almost 90% of the world’s youth living in developing countries, and nearly one billion of these young people will enter the job market in the next 10 years. Ensuring these young people gain meaningful economic opportunities is essential to reducing poverty and ensuring secure, stable societies. TechnoServe helps this new generation of leaders access information, capital, and markets in order to create better employment opportunities -- for themselves and their communities.
Our Work in Youth Economic Opportunity
TechnoServe works with young people across the developing world to build self-confidence, obtain critical business skills, identify local market opportunities, and pursue meaningful livelihoods through entrepreneurship or employment. Despite improved education access for many young people over the past several decades, many youths still lack adequate technical and “soft” skills that are critical for obtaining or creating productive employment. This training is built into TechnoServe’s approach to youth economic development, combined with mentoring and assistance even after participants finish the program.
TechnoServe also helps scale up this impact by working with local educational institutions and other facilities to integrate proven training methods into their own curricula, enabling thousands more young people to access the tools of economic empowerment.
Featured Youth Economic Opportunity Projects
Developing Agribusinesses and Empowering Youth in Cabo Delgado
Through Catalisa we work with agribusiness partners and smallholder farmers to increase their ability to earn a profit from poultry and horticulture. The Catalisa project aims to incentivize and accelerate commercial horticultural production in Cabo Delgado through the expansion of its volume sales with an outgrower supply network and…
Crece tu Empresa
Context Crece tu Empresa (CRECE) is an ongoing program since 2015 in Central America with the support of the Citi Foundation. The objective of the program is to support young entrepreneurs to promote the sustainable growth of their businesses, by helping them develop their skills and business competencies. Opportunity…
BeniBiz: Boosting Youth Agribusinesses for a More Food Secure Benin
BeniBiz is a business accelerator that aims to provide food and agribusiness entrepreneurs the skills they need to build prosperous businesses and economies, and food-secure communities.
Pan-African Youth Entrepreneur Development (PAYED)
The Pan-African Youth Entrepreneur Development (PAYED) program will provide training and tailored advisory support 600 young entrepreneurs in Kenya, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire to develop opportunities in the micro-retail sector.
Creating Empowerment and Employment for Mumbai Youth
TechnoServe's Creating Employment and Empowerment through Youth Development project is working to train 1,250 youth from underprivileged backgrounds for formal employment through critical skills training and other employability services in Mumbai.
Providing Opportunities for Youth and Women Through Coffee in Eastern Guatemala
TechnoServe together with the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is implementing a four-year initiative to train 1,000 farmers in agronomic and sustainability practices in eastern Guatemala. This project aims to pilot innovative approaches to improve gender equality and opportunities for youth in the coffee business.
Young people have experienced dramatic income improvements through proven training methods, with participants in an East Africa program nearly doubling their incomes, and youth in an employment training program in India gaining an average of almost $23 for every $1 of program cost. Young people in many programs also improve their savings, assets, access to finance, and professional connections.
Local and international businesses
Young people with productive businesses can help stimulate economic growth as their enterprises supply or buy from other businesses. Whether it’s corner shops buying from each other or international corporations integrating small enterprises into their supply chains, a healthy small business sector is the engine of local economies.
Most developing countries are grappling with the challenge of productively employing their next generation. In Africa, for instance, half the population is under the age of 20. Helping young people find good jobs or create their own economic opportunities improves national economic productivity, social well-being, and political stability.
Featured Youth Economic Opportunity Blog Posts
Ask a TechnoServe Expert: Jahazi David on Youth Entrepreneurship
Navigating the Informal Economy is Vital for Africa’s Rural Youth
Mozambican Youth Create Visions for Successful Careers and Lives
Cultivating the Next Generation of Coffee Farmers
On International Youth Day, Celebrating the Next Generation of Change
Youth Use Tech to Farm Uganda’s Future
Creating Employment and Empowerment for Youth in Mumbai
The Youth Employability Program (YEP) equips youth in Mumbai with employability skills and connections to companies looking to hire young workers. This program is a partnership between TechnoServe and the Citi Foundation and J.P. Morgan.