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.
In addition to the project’s launch in South Africa, the project was ceremoniously launched at the SDGs exhibition in the United Nations Visitors Lobby by H.E. Mr. Karel van Oosterom, the Netherlands Permanent Representative to the UN and the UN SDG Action Campaign. The Ambassador toured the exhibition, seeing the enormous influence the first phase of Building Bridges had in collecting people’s voices to support the development of the SDGs. The visit concluded with a live video chat with the Building Bridges Team in South Africa, providing words of encouragement for their journey to foster youth employment on the African continent. Kristin Gutekunst, UN SDG Action Campaign Project Manager, remarked, “We are excited to be partnering with the Building Bridges Foundation and the Government of the Netherlands to continue SDG momentum in this new phase of the Building Bridges project."