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-The project-

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. 

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    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.

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    Research 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?

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    Multi-stakeholder
    cooperation

    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.

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-Our Partners-

-Phases-

  1. YES! WE ARE OFFICALLY LIVE


    The first step to Nairobi is made. The time of writing proposals is behind us, we are officially working to connect with young people from all walks of life in eight African countries. Exciting times are ahead.
  2. CALL FOR YOUTH AMBASSADORS


    Do you have a vision to combat youth unemployment? Do you want to play a key role in proposing new solutions? Do you believe in concrete action, not empty words? Then we are looking for you! Apply to become part of the Road to Nairobi 2016 project as youth ambassador.

    Applications Closed

  3. DEVELOPING NATIONAL ACTION PLANS


    The national action plans are central in our project. No country is the same when it comes to youth unemployment and youth entrepreneurship. In order to make the best of our days on the road, we need to be aware of the challenges ahead and to have a basic understanding of the lived realities on the ground.
  4. IDENTIFICATION OF IMPACTFUL YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS


    Our appointed youth ambassadors will establish their own dream teams. Together they will identify youth entrepreneurs who have been truly impactful in their local societies. The youth entrepreneurs will be selected based on creativity, innovation and contribution to the local society.

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  5. HITTING THE ROAD


    After months of eager anticipation and preparation, we will hit the road. Our bus will go through eight African countries to meet with unemployed youth, struggling youngsters trying to build their futures and youth entrepreneurs. We have no idea what to expect, but we can’t wait!

    We are Live

  6. PRESENTING OUTCOMES TO THE HLM2 IN NAIROBI


    After 100 days, we will hope to finally arrive in bustling Nairobi. We will present our key findings and selected best practices to UN entities, local government officials, businessmen and anyone else who wants to listen.

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Ceremonial Launch at UN Headquarters  

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."

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