Youth employment project

Background

Somalia’s large young population suffers from a lack of education and from extreme rates of unemployment and youth are major actors in conflict, constituting the bulk of participants in militias and criminal gangs.

A large segment of the population in Lower Juba, Somalia, depend on livestock for their livelihoods. Poverty levels are high due to loss of livestock as a result of successive droughts and prolonged civil and clan conflicts that result in displacement. There are limited employment opportunities in the region, with most of the urban and peri-urban populations engaging in small business activities such as petty trade, tea kiosk, and sale of animal products such as milk. The situation is exacerbated by poor availability of essential food supplies locally, poor recovery from the effects of past droughts and conflict and poor access to humanitarian assistance.

The region experienced little and insufficient rainfall in the last two rainy seasons, affecting livestock productivity. Pastoral populations are now joining settlements as drop outs, destitute and with no livelihoods means. In addition, the region has poor and limited education facilities where the youth can gain meaningful skills to improve their opportunities to develop sustainable livelihoods.

Our Approach 

The main focus of this project is the creation of employment opportunities for the youth enabling them to earn a living. This will be done through the rehabilitation of infrastructure through cash-for-work activities and the construction of youth friendly and income generating micro-projects. The project will also build the capacity of youth and youth associations to ensure sustainable management of the youth resource centers. The youth will be encouraged to continue with maintenance of the community assets beyond the project period.

Expected Outcomes

Through this project, targeted youths will have increased income to meet their basic food and non-food needs in the community. We will also increase the capacity of youth associations to maintain community assets.