Youth Empowerment Programme
What is the Project About
In 2017, Pakistan’s population reached 200 million; it is estimated that almost 31% of this population is aged between 15 to 29 years while 58 million belong to the 20 to 24 year age group. This ‘youth bulge’ provides unique opportunities for the country’s social and economic uplift whereby the latent potential of young people can be harnessed by providing openings for growth and personal development. Unfortunately, lack of youth centric policy formulation and development is adversely affecting Pakistan’s capacity to fully benefit from the energy, dynamism, and creativity of its young people. For instance, almost 10% of the youth in Pakistan are unemployed with no vocational and/or technical skills.
UNDP Pakistan has responded to these developments by initiating the Youth Empowerment Programme, a multi-pronged strategy that aims at creating a facilitating environment for youth in deprived and underdeveloped of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to emerge as agents of positive change and development. The programme has four main components.
The Youth and Social Cohesion Project (YSCP) aims at creating pathways for the economic empowerment and constructive engagement of young people through informed decision making, community mobilization, skills development, small scale infrastructural support, and establishment of multi-function community centres that serve as nodes of village level cultural and recreational activities involving youth.
The Youth Employment Project (YEP) is facilitating young people in low income informal settlements of Karachi to gain employment in the city’s garment industry through skills training, and capacity development of (garment) industry trainers. The Project is also conducting researches on the socio-economic factors that influence youth’s employment and job retention in the formal sector.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Development Programme (KPEDP) and the Balochistan Economic Development Programme (BEDP) (2016-2020) work closely on enhancing industrial productivity and supporting growth, and dovetail the Youth Employment Project by linking industrial demand to technical training and education provided to youth from deprived and underdeveloped areas of the province.
- More than 13,000 youth from Karachi trained and engaged in demand driven employment in the industrial (including garments industry) and other relevant sectors (YEP).
- Youth’s engagement in economic and constructive activities enhanced through informed decision making, community mobilization, skills development, small scale infrastructural support, and sports and recreational activities in target villages of D.I. Khan and Bannu, benefitting more than 100,000 people (YSCP).
- Meet the demand for skilled labour in five key KP and Balochistan industries, resulting in a five percent increase in output and creation of 25,000 additional jobs (20,000 in KP, 5,000 in Balochistan) for youth (BEDP and KPEDP).
- Help 70 youth-led start-ups become functional in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, each employing at least 10 individuals (BEDP and KPEDP).
Who Finances it?
Royal Norwegian Embassy, UNDP, (YSCP); USAID (YEP); UNDP (BEDP, KPEDP)