Ghana’s official statistics on youth unemployment paint a complex picture showing 68% of the youth population (15-35) as employed, 5% unemployed and 27% inactive but mask the fact that a third of those in work are contributing family workers and may not actually earn an additional income. Independent estimates such as those of the ILO shared by the World Bank further complicate the picture by stating that 49% of young men (15-24) and 3% of young women (15-24) are unemployed. In the Northern Region, Ghana’s poorest and the area where NOYED works, unemployment among young people aged 15-24 is thought to be 49%. High illiteracy rates (22%), low educational attainment (61% end their education at Junior High School), inadequate employability skills, lack of experience and lack of access to training opportunities force youth to migrate to the South in search of livelihoods opportunities.
Net Organisation for Youth Empowerment and Development (NOYED) is a small organisation established in 2004 (but did not become operational until 2010) by a group of young women and men who were trained in community development, leadership and social entrepreneurship. NOYED aims to improve the quality of life of young and vulnerable people through interventions on health, education and livelihoods. NOYED is based in Tamale and every member of the team is under 35 years which is the upper limit of the definition of youth in Ghana.
EMpower’s 1st grant to NOYED supports the training of 15 at risk young out- of-school men in welding and fabricating, and facilitate access to local markets through engagement with local decision-makers and local assembly members. The grant will also strengthen NOYED’s capacity on two fronts: 1) understanding of gender issues and incorporating a gender awareness component and 2) establishing a training centre for welding, with durability beyond this grant.
Primary Location: Tamale
Funded Since: 2016
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