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DEVELOP FOR DEVELOPMENT INNITIATIVE (DDI)


PROJECT BACKGROUND

The challenge of unemployment in Nigeria and the operational inefficiency of institutions in the various sectors alike have become an issue of major concern. Statistics shows that as at 2009 there were 40 million unemployed Nigerians with 80% of the country’s graduates being unemployable, lacking skills and basic entrepreneurial abilities. Reports also reveal that 4.5 million Nigerians enter the overstretched job market, including 300, 000 graduates annually. Much more alarming is the projection that there would be 13.5 million unemployed youth by 2011.

In view of these obvious challenges, AfriGrowth Foundation has deemed it needful to establish the Develop for Development Initiative (DDI), within the Youth Mentoring Academy, as a mitigation approach. DDI aims to develop the employability capacity of 100 young persons through leadership training, employability skills training, business skills training and mentorship programmes using a three-pronged approach including Leadership Development, Programme Management/ Enterprise Development Training and Mentorship.

GOAL
To develop the employability capacity of young persons through leadership training, employability skills training, business skills training and mentorship programmes using a three-pronged approach: Leadership development, programme management/ enterprise development training and mentorship.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

Objective 1Strengthen the employability potential of 100 young persons through trainings on employability skills and leadership development.

Objective 2: Build the programme management capacity of 50 young persons in development programming, monitoring and evaluation, project finance and ICT through academic training sessions in Edo State.

Objective 3: Develop the entrepreneurial capacity of 50 young persons through vocational and business skills training in ICT and intellect-based marketable businesses in Edo State.

Objective 4: Provide industry experience for 100 young persons through mentorship initiatives with 60 individual and corporate mentors in Edo State.

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