Youth Economic Opportunity

youth unemployment is a widespread challlenge in Tanzania. 24-year-old Asia Abdallah sits at her house in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tackling Youth Unemployment Through Entrepreneurship and Skills Training

In Tanzania, young people like Asia Abdallah often face an uphill battle when entering the job market. With few formal sector jobs available, many turn to entrepreneurship. But without the practical skills to get started, entrepreneurship can present challenges. TechnoServe is equipping youth with the skills they need to gain formal employment or run their own successful businesses.

Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment, Youth Economic Opportunity
A photo of a woman standing in a field of coffee wearing a mask in Peru. Text says

Hope and Resilience During COVID-19: Part 2

For over 50 years, TechnoServe has helped hardworking women and men in the developing world gain the skills, connections, and confidence to create self-sustaining businesses and build a path out of poverty. In part two of this series, we ask a few of these farmers and entrepreneurs to share how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their lives and how they are coping with its effects.

Agriculture, Cashews, Youth Economic Opportunity
COVID 19
youth-owned shops open new doors for young people like Emanuel Barosha Ndiwene organizes products in his small shop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Strengthening Youth-Owned Shops in Tanzania Through Better Business Skills

In Tanzania, shopkeepers like Emanuel Barosha Ndiwene often lack the business and financial management skills they need to run profitable businesses. A TechnoServe program connects young entrepreneurs with the knowledge, training, and tools they need to become successful retailers.

Entrepreneurship, Youth Economic Opportunity
Entrepreneurship, Local Economic Development, Small and Growing Businesses, Youth Empowerment
Parents attend a session as part of the Campus to Corporates program.

Turning Parent Objections Into Support to Promote Youth Employment

In the Indian tradition and culture, it is common for parents to be highly involved in their children’s decision-making processes, particularly regarding career choices. However, parental involvement can also sometimes be a barrier to youth employment. TechnoServe is engaging both youth and their parents to ensure that young people can pursue formal sector jobs with their parents’ support.

COVID-19, Youth Economic Opportunity

Mozambican Youth Persevere to Test New Business Ideas

In Palma, a rural town in northern Mozambique, young people often struggle to earn a living outside of basic fishing and farming. Entrepreneurship offers a promising solution. After participating in the Catalisa Youth program and business plan competition, Folai Andeni and Fazira Nassoro each began testing their own business ideas and have already begun reaping the rewards.

Entrepreneurship, Youth Economic Opportunity
Local Economic Development, Small and Growing Businesses
A group of young adults learning about formal work opportunities at a workshop in India

Cost-Effective Impact Spotlight: Youth Employment in India

In a world with significant poverty but limited resources, how can we ensure that each development dollar achieves as much impact as possible? The question of cost-effectiveness is one of the central challenges of international development, and part of the reason that TechnoServe measures and publishes the income gains its clients achieve, per every program dollar spent. In this series, we highlight the lessons gained from TechnoServe’s most cost-effective programs around the world and examine how even programs with lower returns on investment can yield important insights in the quest to reduce global poverty.

Youth Economic Opportunity
Measurement