Global Reach: Grantee Partners

Net-Organisation for Youth Empowerment and Development (NOYED-Ghana)


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. In Tamale, where NOYED works, nearly 30% of young people are illiterate, 66% of whom are women.


Net Organisation for Youth Empowerment and Development (NOYED) is a small organization 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 most team members are under 35 years, which is the upper limit of the definition of youth in Ghana. Iddi Abdulai Alhassan, NOYED’s Executive Director, holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies and has over 14 years’ experience working in the development sector in Ghana. He is one of NOYED’s original founding team and is assisted by Awal Mohammed Abukari, a teacher and accountant, who has been with the organization for over 10 years and is responsible for finances and human resources.

Current Grant:

EMpower’s 3rd grant to NOYED-Ghana will support the training of 15 at-risk young out-of-school men in welding and fabricating and contribute towards the costs of providing the youth trained under the current grant with welding machines to set up their businesses.

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