Youth Employment Project (YEP)

Nepal - with Kath­mandu as its cap­i­tal - is a land­locked coun­try in South Asia, which is about half the size of Italy or 3.5 times bigger than Switzerland. In the north it bor­ders the Peo­ple's Re­pub­lic of China and in the east, west and south it borders India.


There is a large wealth gap ex­ist­ing be­tween the urban and the rural pop­u­la­tion and only about 65% of ap­prox­i­mately 28 mil­lion Nepalese can read and write, and about one third of the pop­u­la­tion are recognised as equal by the caste sys­tem.

The Project

In phase II (2017-2020) the Project aims  to improve opportunities for higher wage or self-employment for 3’300 Nepali youth (16-40 years of age) including women, people from the disadvantaged groups and migrant returnees by facilitating their access to occupational and life-skills training, entrepreneurship training and coaching and finance. The Project also facilitates employment support and counselling services to help trainees finding gainful wage or self-employment. The Project achieves this by working through NGOs, public and private institutions which receive capacity building in order to be able to deliver the required services to the youths. The ultimate goal is to improve the livelihood of the youths and  their families.

Results

Expected Results:

Component 1: Entrepreneurship promotion

  • 400 youth aspiring to become entrepreneurs have access to entrepreneurship training and coaching and market oriented skills training.
  • 33% of the trainees are females and 40% are from disadvantaged groups.
  • 240 trainees (60% of the targeted youth) have become entrepreneurs. Those with previous income have increased their income by 50%, those who start earning have a minimum expected income of NPR 7500 per month.


Component 2: Skills development

  • 2’500 unemployed and underemployed youth without skills have access to market oriented skills training.
  • 33% of the trainees are females and 40% are from disadvantaged groups.
  • 1’750 trainees (70% of the targeted youth) have found employment or are self-employed and earn a minimum expected income of NPR 7500 per month.


Component 3: Skills enhancement

  • 400 lowly skilled workers (youth) have access to market oriented skills enhancement training.
  • 25% of the trainees are female and 40% are from disadvantedged groups.
  • 320 upskilled workers (80% of the targeted youth) have increased their income by 50% but earn a minimum expected income of NPR 7500 per month.

 

Project countries

  • Nepal

Project duration

2017 - 2020

Funding

  • SDC

Working area

Skills

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