The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) launched its Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA) Strategy (2016-2025) at its Annual Meetings.
Aim of Jobs for Youth in Africa
The aim of the strategy is to support African countries vis-à-vis scaling up responses to the youth unemployment and underemployment crisis on the continent. This will be achieved through practical, high-impact solutions aimed at creating opportunities via education and training, transformative jobs and a business environment conducive to entrepreneurial activities (i.e. youth entrepreneurship).
- Apply for Agriculture Fast Track Fund
- Grant for Food & Health Project Programme Application
- Apply for Africa Digital Innovations & Start-Up Programme
Donors / Partners
The Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund
The Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund establishes a Youth Innovation Lab to promote youth employment and support the incubation of youth and women-owned enterprises. The Lab focuses on fragile states and economic migration hotspots across Africa.
The Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy has selected three sectors with high potential for youth inclusion for the initial flagship programs: agriculture, industrialization, and ICT. The Flagship Programs follow a unique approach in order to facilitate the design and implementation of individual projects. These flagships are based on best practices and provide results-oriented, cost-efficient models to scale up what has proven to work best. The program models outline the rationale, project components, and intended outcomes of each Flagship Program, providing a clear guide for design and implementation of projects.
- Rural Microenterprise Flagship Program Model: This program provides youth with capital, skills training and mentorship to support them with launching agriculture-based micro enterprises. Currently, the program is implemented in Malawi and Nigeria and has a total investment of US $54 million.
- The ENABLE Youth (Empowering Novel Agri-Business Led Employment) program helps young African men and women to incubate and scale-up their agri-business. In addition, ENABLE Youth supports youth in accessing financing to grow their enterprises. Currently, this program is implemented in 11 countries with a total investment of US $830 million.
- Agro-industrialization Pipeline Flagship Program Model: This program develops a pipeline of skilled labor for agro-industrial companies.
- Skills Enhancement Zone Flagship Program Model: This program develops a skilled workforce aligned to employer needs by creating demand-led training and job placement programs within industrial clusters.
- The Rockefeller Trust Fund enhances the digital and ICT skills of youth through these two main programs. Computational Thinking Flagship Program: This program introduces digital literacy, logical thinking, and complex problem-solving curricula in secondary schools. Coding for Employment Flagship Program: This program develops premier coding academies and matches graduates directly with ICT employers.
How to Benefit / Apply
For details on partnership, how to benefit, an individual can send comprehensive CV or request to Jobs for Africa Youth at email@example.com