Itai Muguza
Position: Director Youth Development
Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenization and Empowerment
Zimbabwe

The major challenge in youth development is building a programme or project whose sustainability and enhancement of livelihood is clear to young people. Such a programme or project must inculcate commitment in young people such that their participation is total as they feel empowered and can see the targets that will raise their livelihood from the current level to the next level even if it means changing their prior perceived career paths. In my experience through the Skills for Youth Employment programme, it became very clear that the most critical practice is to build the programme or project anchored on value chain management. The entire sub-projects or units of the value chain network must be thoroughly interrogated, established and the projects supported accordingly. Collaboration by stakeholders on the supports including funding will be needed to ensure sustainability and lifelong employment of the young people in their projects. Young people in Norton excitedly placing 30 000 small fish in ponds they built and own. They are looking forward to their first harvest in four months’ time. The harvest with a commercial value of not less than US $ 60 000.00 has already been bought by a major fish distributor.

Amir Abidi
Founder Director
Tarraqi I Foundation, India
akabidi@hotmail.com/ 0091-9810499416/8010899416


Coming from India where almost 50% of the population is that of youth and the core focus of my work being education and skills development of underprivileged youth and children, ILO's selection of MEGA-SkY (Minority Education for Growth and Advancement and Skills for Youth) project as one of the five best youth enablement efforts internationally was not just a validation of the project's achievements but in my opinion a big cheer for the youth volunteers who were the driving force of this very complex project which in a short span of two years gainfully impacted close to 50,000 lives across 12 towns in 4 states of North India. The opportunity to present our work at ILO was an extremely enriching and motivational experience. In those three action packed days not only my awareness and understanding about challenges youth are facing globally was raised but by meeting youth leaders, professionals, representatives of NGOs & CBOs, I learnt a lot of innovative practices which have worked in similar situations, The energy and joy , hallmark of any youth programme in this case was channelised with immaculate planning and sincere efforts of the organizers. An indelible experience and a great initiative which I am sure shall further strengthen with time and benefit many youth as well as employment initiatives/efforts for the youth. I am committed to spread the learning further through my organisation, the Taraqqi I Foundation which i started last year inspired by many ideas and practices gathered from the ILO Youth Employment workshop. I look forward to work in synergy with ILO and other international organization and youth groups.

Oscar M. Siles Heredia
Desarrollo de Recursos
Jóvenes Constructores de la Comunidad A.C:
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Tels. (0155) 55352063 – 55669274 Ext.10

The Training, Capacity Building and Educational and Labour Insertion for Young Builders of the Community A.C. (JCC) model promotes the participation of young people who are neither in employment nor in education or training in building or restoration activities of public spaces, human development and labour and education insertion. Subsequent to receiving the prize, which honoured JCC as one of the Best Thirty Good Practices of 2009 under the category Youth Programmes and Policies, the association decided that the achievement could be disseminated as an institutional letter of introduction. Nowadays, thanks to the acquired visibility provided by the distinction, an increased interest has been shown by the Mexican public sector as well as local and international actors. In this manner, a national expansion project has been under work in order to implement this model in 10 new States of the Mexican Republic, relying on the work of local CSOs delivering young training projects who in turn receive technical support by the JCC.

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