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Youth Centered Development: UNDP Partnership and Engagement on Youth Empowerment in Eritrea

As we mark the International Youth Day 2021, UNDP re- reaf­firms the strong partnership and the importance it attaches to the Government- led programmes on youth empowerment in Eritrea. The IYD 2021 being held under the theme Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health re­inforces the critical role played by the industrious youth of this country to drive the national transformation agenda. For this reason, UNDP is strategically po­sitioned and relentlessly working closely with the Government of the State of Eritrea to contribute to promote the empowerment of the youth women by investing in digital innovation, skills develop­ment, youth entrepreneurship and business co-creation.

UNDP partnership with Na­tional Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS) is tai­lored on the imperative of Leav­ing No One Behind (LNOB) and aim at ensuring that the youth are informed, engaged, and empow­ered to contribute to sustainable human development and resil­ience of their communities. A good example of this partnership is the UNDP Youth Employment and Skills Development project was first initiated in 2007 in part­nership with the NUEYS and oth­er stakeholders with the objective of creating tangible and practical skills development initiatives and employment opportunities for the youth. Fully designed to develop youth skills and capabilities by attaching selected vulnerable young men and women beneficia­ries with small metal and wood­work establishments, the project was implemented successfully in Keren, Anseba Region and then expanded to Barentu, the Gash Barka and eventually to all the remaining regions.

As part of the UNDP’s en­trepreneurship programs and skills development interven­tions in the country, to -date UNDP works in cooperation with the NCEW, NUEYS, NUEW, and the lo­cal administrations in creating opportunities and a more enabling environment for young people to pur­sue their aspirations in the country, focusing mainly on expanding economic opportuni­ties for youths in Er­itrea.

For UNDP, the full involvement and en­gagement of young men and women in the development path of the country are vital to achiev­ing sustainable human develop­ment. This support has also been facilitated through our partner­ship with sister Agencies such as UNICEF, UNFPA and our main bilateral partners- Norway and Switzerland.

Importantly, UNDP acknowl­edges the Government of Er­itrea’s incredible support in help­ing the organization deliver on its mandate by making a significant contribution to Eritrea`s efforts of advancing its national devel­opment aspirations and achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

People centered development in line with Government priori­ties of Leave no One Behind.

UNDP Eritrea

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