Pamoja Gender and Youth Initiative – PAGEYI

Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods Support

Empowering Community (1)

This program seeks to respond to youth and innovation situation based on the national regulatory framework on youth and employment. It proposes working with community groups and individuals (mostly women and youth), institutions of learning, financial institutions, county governments and partners in the youth sector for training in technical skills, replication, marketing, regulation, oversight and expansion of technological options.

Pamoja Gender & Youth Initiative recognizes the potential Somali Youth have as agents for change in striving for Economic growth and Social development, we will, therefore, focus on them to build Somalia`s future. The Component of job creation combines a range of interventions aimed at addressing the demand for labor by tackling the constraints in sectors/value chains with potential for growth and development.

Pamoja Gender & Youth Initiative (PAGEYI) works with Women and Youth groups, individuals, institutions of learning, private sector, county governments and partners in the youth sector for training in technical skills, replication, marketing, regulation, oversight and expansion of technological options.

This is achieved through communities taking the lead in providing their own ideas for incubation where start-ups picked from various youth are brought together for training, mentorship and ecosystem immersions. Community members are then trained on accountability and management of their skills and social enterprise ventures to ensure profitability, return on investments and sustainability of projects.

There is need to create employment for youth and women as well as aid them start and run their own income- generating ventures. Somalis are extraordinarily entrepreneurial and willing to take risks. However, there exist financial and other restrictions that make this almost impossible.

Intervention Strategy

In order for Somalia to be able to make this a possibility, there is need to generate enough opportunities for its citizens. This is achieved through communities taking the lead in providing their own ideas for incubation where start-ups picked from various youth are brought together for training, mentorship and ecosystem immersions. Community members will then be trained on accountability and management of their skills and social enterprise ventures to ensure profitability, return on investments and sustainability of projects. While there will be sources seed money for trainings, expos and exposure, it is envisaged that financial institutions will be brought on board to support and develop stand-alone products and services, and sustain on-going technical skills impartment and business incubation ideas.

Another key milestone will be to facilitate the establishment of new Small and Medium Enterprises in the areas where the youth will be trained on employability skills. The expected increase in employment and incomes could boost consumption thereby providing the needed market for investors, especially small and Medium Enterprises.

We provide assistance to the poor and marginalized women and youth in the community by involving them in the assessments and projects implementations through their local leaders in order to identify and prioritize their urgent survival needs. PAGEYI also ensures the relevant capacity building in order to enhance community ownership, good management and sustainability:

  • Capacity building in the community through training of trainers and local community groups& supporting business start-ups and income generating projects within the local communities.
  • To develop and implement non – formal training & educational programs for the youth to enhance, explore and harness personal, social and skills development.
  • To influence and work closely with government bodies, local decision-makers, networks and strategic organizations to be representative, responsive, accountable and ensure that there is a sustainable involvement and participation of vulnerable communities in civic society,
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