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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 has connected youth entrepreneurs and local change makers in eight African countries to foster youth employment. The Building Bridges team of African and European youth conducted field visits to youth entrepreneurs, met with local youth organizations and conversed with youngsters from all walks of life they met on the road. At the end of each country visit multi-stakeholder events were organized to present real life case studies and to propose better policies to increase the youth employment rate. Everyone involved learned from young people on the ground about their environments and challenges and pledged to 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 finally arrived in bustling Nairobi. We presented our key findings and selected best practices to UN entities, local government officials, businessmen and young people.
  7. YOUNG AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS CONTRIBUTING TO THE GLOBAL GOALS


    Do you want to know more about youth entrepreneurs from Africa? Do you wonder what innovative solutions we might expect from them for a more sustainable and just world? Or what drives them in their entrepreneurial journey? Through the eyes of young people, we develop a different African narrative from the mainstream stories. It shows how young people are proactive in developing their community, nation and continent. Their contributions are fundamental to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, and a self-reliant and sustainable environment.

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BUILDING BRIDGES TEAM WELCOMED IN NAIROBI BY PRESIDENT KENYATTA 

At the beginning of December, a diverse group of stakeholders met in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss critical issues at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation's second High Level Meeting. Building upon months of grassroots organization in the lead up, the Building Bridges Foundation, with partners UN SDG Action Campaign and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ensured that ideas and opinions of young people had a special role at the conference. The team departed South Africa in August with the mission of revealing the challenges and priorities of young entrepreneurs in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The best were flown to Nairobi to compete in a global competition. The journey also included national youth forums with policy makers to discuss the results.

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