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About YEP

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    To reduce migration pressures in the Gambia, YEP:

    • strengthens existing youth and entrepreneurship support structures;
    • partners with domestic and international skills development institutions; and 
    • works hand in hand with private sector partners to develop the local economy and enhance employability and self-employment opportunities for youth. 

    YEP focuses on vocational training and support for micro and small-sized enterprises and creates new jobs in selected sectors through value addition and internationalization.

    The four-year project funded by the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for stability started in January 2017. The total budget for the project is EUR 11 million.

    Employability and entrepreneurship

    Training institutions are supported in their offering development and management . Partnerships between industry and training institutions will help to keep up with changing market needs. Entrepreneurship is promoted among youth through business skills training and support programmes. Targeted business support services are also provided to improve the performance and growth of youth-owned businesses.

    Employment opportunities along value chains

    Through developing enterprises and the Gambian private sector as a whole the project aims to provide more and better quality jobs for youth. The project concentrates on sectors that have largest potential for employment creation, such as agribusiness, services and tourism. Thriving agribusiness and service sectors offer job opportunities and lucrative career options. Taking a value chain approach the project focuses on integrating micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to value chains and connect them to markets.

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    Funded by the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa 

  • partners

    Ministry of Trade, Industry & Employment (MOTIE) and Ministry of Youths & Sports (MOYS)

  • EMPRETEC Gambia

    The Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG)

    National Association of Co-operative Credit Unions (NACCUG)
    The Gambia National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI)
    National Centre for Arts and Culture of The Gambia (NCAC)
    National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI)
    National Youth Council (NYC)
    Startup Incubator Gambia (SIG)
    Sterling Consortium

    The Gambia Standards Bureau
    Food Safety and Quality Authority of The Gambia (FSQA)
    YMCA Gambia
    	Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Responsible Tourism
    The Gambia Tourism Board (GTB)
    The Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA)
    The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute (GTHI)
    The Gambia Telecommunications and Multimedia Institute (GTMI)
    The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI)
    The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC)
    Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) Gambia Chapter

    Enquiries should be directed to:

    MOSER, Raimund 

    Programme Development Adviser Project Manager– Gambia YEP
    +41 (0)22 730-0398

    JALLOW, Fatou

    YEP Project Coordinator and Senior Technical Adviser

    MUSA, Kevin
    Associate Trade Promotion Adviser

    LOUZADA, Mayara
    YEP Communications Focal Point