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 the Youth Ambassadors for The Road to Nairobi 2016 project. The local youth ambassadors will receive ownership over the Building Bridges project and identify local youth entrepreneurs, organize events, create blogs and lead right where they are. We’re excited to hit the road on August 15th and together with these youth ambassadors find and create solutions to foster youth employment.
The project received over 600 of high quality applications for Youth Ambassadors and we have appointed the following persons: Pearl Siphesihle for South Africa, Elena Gaffurini for Mozambique, Munashe Mukonoweshuro for Zimbabwe, Charles Lipenga for Malawi, Ian Tarimo for Tanzania, Kelvin Macharia for Kenya, Ronald Ochoo for Uganda and Igiraneza for Rwanda.