The Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) is designed to create economic opportunities in Ghana’s construction sector for disadvantaged youth. YIEDIE will directly reach at least 23,700 of these youth with training in technical, life and/or entrepreneurship skills leading to employment. As a result of the project, these youth will increase their income and savings and create new job opportunities in the sector, thereby indirectly benefiting an additional 112,550 people.
YIEDIE means “progress” in the Twi language. The project applies an integrated youth-led market-systems model to improve the capacity of youth and service providers across the value chain. Youth will benefit from having job opportunities and higher income. Sector stakeholders—such as private sector firms, financial service providers, training institutions and government—are expected to benefit from improved coordination and capacity. Employers will reap direct financial benefit from the higher productivity of labor and lowered cost of inefficiencies. Importantly, YIEDIE will leave behind more capable institutions and create a model for youth employment and success in construction that will be sustained after the project ends. The lessons learned about creating job opportunities for youth in construction—a booming sector across much of sub-Saharan Africa—will be applicable elsewhere.
The YIEDIE consortium is led by Global Communities. Global Communities is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. The other members of the consortium are:
Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana)
Opportunities Industrialization Centre Ghana (OICG)
African Aurora Business Network LLC (AABN)
HFC-Boafo Microfinance Services Ltd. (HFC-Boafo)
Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG), which represents the construction, trades.