Youth unemployment in many parts of Africa is soaring, and especially out of school youth in rural areas are a vulnerable group. SNV’s Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) project realized employment for almost 16,000 young people, using a so called push-match-pull approach. Sixteen thousand young people, and every one of them stands for a person who started up their life and gained purpose. A final report by an independent evaluator has now confirmed that push-, match pull works. But, what is it? And why does it work?
‘A commendable job’
The five-year (2013-2018) OYE project is coming to an end. SNV developed its OYE approach in partnership with Mastercard Foundation (MCF). OYE was implemented in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Rwanda in the Agriculture and Renewable Energy sectors. SNV has been involved in these sectors for many decades.
The final evaluation of the programme was done by an external party (eMJee Consult). You can access the full report here. We feel honoured by their judgement: “given the short period for generating results, the project has done a commendable job.”
’Organising a challenging category of the population in such big numbers is impressive.’
OYE helped nearly 16,000 rural out of school youth to enter (self-) employment, against a target of 17,500, and contributed to over 700, against a target of 400 new youth-led enterprises, Of all enrolled young people, 81% found work after training, and 78% continued employment after entering. ‘The transformation of this youth is phenomenal.’ ‘They learned that with very little money you can make money and progressively build your life if you reinvest part of what you have earned.’
The consultants call these results ‘promising for future programmes.’ We are of course keen to fulfil this promise.
The project has been able to evolve its model.
The report states that OYE has not been ‘a traditional development project with a blueprint’. Instead the nature of the target group demanded a flexible approach, closely monitoring results and learning lessons along the way.