Global Reach: Grantee Partners

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

Context:

The ILO estimates that 9% of youth (15-24) in Ghana are unemployed, with a relatively even distribution between young men and women. 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%. Studies have shown that youth face higher barriers in gaining access to and progressing in Ghana’s labor markets when compared to older age cohorts. Women face comparatively more barriers to men when seeking employment, especially in sectors dominated by men – such as the transportation sector. In the northern region, women do not operate public transportation vehicles. They are often engaged as conductors to collect fare or communicate with the drivers and passengers. The tricycle business has recently been introduced in the local economy of Ghana and widely used in northern region of Ghana. The tricycles are also very economical in terms fuel consumption which translates into moderate fares contributing to high patronage.

Organization:

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 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 organisation for over 10 years and is responsible for finances and human resources.

Current Grant:

EMpower’s 4th grant to NOYED-Ghana will support the training and licensing of 40 young women (18-24 years old) as commercial tricycle operators in Tamale (northern Ghana). While participating in this program, the young women will learn about mechanics, entrepreneurship and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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