From the metropolis Johannesburg to rural communities in Northern Zambia, from Uganda’s agricultural sector to Nairobi’s ICT hubs. The Road to Nairobi 2016 project will connect youth entrepreneurs and local change makers in eight African countries to foster youth employment. The Building Bridges team of African and European youth will conduct field visits to youth entrepreneurs, meet with local youth organizations and converse with youngsters from all walks of life they meet on the road. At the end of each country visit multi-stakeholder events will be organized to present real life case studies and to propose better policies to increase the youth employment rate. Everyone involved will learn from young people on the ground about their environments and challenges to give them a voice and work together on youth driven solutions for youth employment and youth entrepreneurship.
Innovative youth entrepreneurs have taken matters into their hand to overcome unemployment. Their best practices and solutions will be investigated and used as starting points for change. Youth-led solutions will foster youth employment.
On the African continent youth unemployment is soaring and access to decent employment limited. Youth increasingly indicate an interest in self-employment globally. But how can policy makers foster and support this?
To encourage sustainability long after the project has ended, a multi-stakeholder approach is adopted. The project will not stand alone, but rather will function as the starting point for an inclusion of more youth-led iniatives and solutions.
We are proud to announce our implementing partners for The Road to Nairobi 2016 project in Zimbabwe.
From the hustle and bustle of Harare to the calm town of Masvingo, The Road to Nairobi 2016 project will connect with young people from all walks of life throughout the journey. During a ten-day country tour the team will conduct field visits to pre-identified youth entrepreneurs, organises meet-ups with youth organisations and will engage in spontaneous conversations with young people met along the road. On the eleventh day of the country tour a multi-stakeholder event will be organised in Harare. Bringing together young entrepreneurs, youth organisations, local policymakers, private sector, UN entities, and the Dutch embassy with the aim of creating multi-stakeholder partnerships to scale-up local youth driven solutions fostering youth employment.