Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE)

Projekt abgeschlossen
OYE recipients Elizabeth (L) and Hosiana, Dodoma 2021
OYE recipients Elizabeth (L) and Hosiana, Dodoma 2021 © FDFA/Magali Rochat

Inspired by aspects of the Swiss Vocational Skills Development model, the Opportunities for Youth Employment project aims to improve the livelihoods of young rural and peri-urban out-of-school women and men. In addition to building youths' skills-set and connecting them with existing markets for gainful selfemployment in agriculture and renewable energy, this project will also contribute to a more youth friendly and effective market system and policy environment Co-funding is provided by the private sector.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Beschäftigung & Wirtschaftsentwicklung
Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherheit
Schaffung von Arbeitsplätzen
Landwirtschaftliche Dienstleistungen & Markt
01.03.2020 - 31.05.2024
CHF  1’980’000
Hintergrund Limited education and low skills levels pose a high risk for Tanzanian youth, in particular women and those living in rural areas, to enter vulnerable employment. There is a strong correlation between gainful jobs and poverty reduction and without relevant basic and technical skills, youth cannot grasp economic opportunities, improve their financial security and transform their lives. Economic growth, strategies and policies have not yet created adequate employment and income generating opportunities, in particular for the low-skilled young labor force. There is thus an urgent need for localized, flexible, accessible, practical and market-relevant skills training that equips youth for self-employment.
Ziele The overall goal is to improve the livelihoods and future prospects for out-ofschool youth through access to self-employment opportunities in agriculture and renewable energy.
  • 4600 youth (M: 2'300/F: 2300), aged 18-30 years that are out-of-school and in vulnerable employment (rural: 3300/ peri-urban: 1'300)
  • 150 youth champions from phase 1 are capacitated and incentivized to provide peercoaching and to lead WhatsApp groups
  • 40 Youth-led Enterprises from phase 1 receive training and coaching to establish 'green businesses'
  • Government institutions, value chain actors, public and private actors and financial institutions are reinforced for improved self-employment and employability of youth
Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Outcome 1: An additional 4,600 out-of-school youth, among whom at least 50% young women, accessed self-employment opportunities

Outcome 2: Youth inclusive market systems in two regions are improved and effective in promoting and improving youth employability and self-emp'oyment in a systemic manner

Outcome 3: Local government authorities are enabled to implement their mandate effectively driven by learning and regional knowledge development with evidence-based documentation


Erwartete Resultate:  

  • Youth are equipped with soft, technical and business skills in agriculture and renewable energy
  • Youth and youth-led enterprises are mentored towards profitable economic activity
  • Young women are encouraged and capacitated to take up leadership roles and positions
  • Collaboration between private actors and youth enterprises provides access to internship opportunities, inputs and services, and improves business performance
  • Learnings are well documented and used for evidence based advocacy, in particular with Local Government Authorities

Resultate von früheren Phasen:   Through the SDC contribution to OYE phase 1, a total number of 7 '017 youth (M: 57%, F: 43%) secured self-employment or employment in agriculture, renewable energy and in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors. Aside from an average annual increased income by 215%, youth gained recoginition as community leaders, diversified business operations and gendered household inequalities/relationships improved. In total 484 youth-led enterprises were registered, the majority of them (73%) are active in agriculture and agribusiness. OYE facilitated access to finance by establishing 246 saving and credit groups generating more than 100'000 US$ of savings and by linking 47 youth-led enterprises up with Government youth loans worth 42000 US$. OYE succesfully piloted climate smart innovations to boost production systems and attract higher market prices, as well as WhatsApp groups for continuous technical and business support.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Internationale oder ausländische NGO
Schweizerische Non-Profit-Organisation
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Andere internationale oder ausländische NGO Norden
  • Ausländischer Privatsektor Süden/Osten

Andere Partner
AS Beteiligungen und Vermögensverwaltungs GmbH
Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren

Skills for Employment Tanzania programme,

Youth Inclusive Rural Finance project and SDC media partners

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    1’980’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    1’483’812 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   6’303’130 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF   10’215’000

Phase 2 01.03.2020 - 31.05.2024   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.07.2015 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)