Rwanda’s new programme to create 20,000 jobs

A $7.5 million four-year Youth Conneck scheme signed by Rwanda’s Ministry for Youthm UNDP, UNFPA and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), is set to create 20,000 jobs for Rwandan youth.

Speaking at the signing, Rosemary Mbabazi, Minister for Youth, said that the partnership has come at the right moment as the country strives to reduce unemployment among the youth so that Rwanda can reap big from the demographic dividend.

Mbabazi said that the programme will not only focus on job creation but also other components like engaging the youth in policy making, civic education and access to better healthcare, which is why the ministry brought onboard other partners like UNFPA, Imbuto Foundation and UNDP.

Youth Connekt Initiative was launched in 2012 by the Ministry of Youth in Partnership with United Nations Development Program, and has since been able to create more than 8000 decent jobs through various youth empowerment initiatives.

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