Creating Opportunities for Youth Employment in Sudan




 
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Location: North Kordofan, South Kordofan & Blue Nile, Warrap, Jonglei State, Eastern Equatoria, Upper Nile State, Western Bahr el-Ghazal State, Central Equatoria
Duration: November 2009- November 2011
Focus area: Achieving the MDGs and Reducing Human Poverty
Contributions(USD): Spain- MDG Trust Fund: 9 millions
Partners: • 11 UN Implementing Agencies:
UNDP, UNIDO, ILO, UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNV, UNOPS, & UNEFPA.
UNIDO and ILO are the lead agencies in North and South Sudan respectively.
• National Counterparts:
The Federal Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports (FP North), the GOSS Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Labor, Public Services and Human Resources Development (South), as the overall coordinating Ministries, the Federal Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, the Federal Ministry of General Education , the Ministry of Rural Development and Cooperatives and the Central Bank of Sudan including the Bank of Southern Sudan will coordinate the technical aspects related to the respective sectors within the joint programme.
Delivery(USD): 2010:368,138
2009: 373,238
Contact person in UNDP: Ahmed Elhaj, Programme Officer,
ahmed.elhag@undp.org
Background
“Creating Opportunities for Youth Employment in Sudan” is the UN Joint Programme (JP) that aims for individuals and communities especially youth and vulnerable groups (particularly ex-combatants, mine victims, WAAFG, CAAFG) to have access to improved income generation opportunities and employment through decent work. Twenty-one years of civil war have left an entire generation without access to education. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) is providing an enabling environment for more than four million displaced people to return to their homes throughout Sudan.
This JP has been designed in consultation with the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan both considering youth employment as a priority area in Sudan. The programme will help mainstream youth employment in national development frameworks and create employment opportunities to deliver peace dividends and support the overall CPA implementation.
The JP targets priority states in the North and three in the South of Sudan. Due to the often challenging environment, the size of the country and the scale of the needs, this State-centered approach seeks to maximize impact of the programme. The Joint Programme was endorsed by the Government of Sudan on 30 November 2008.


Partners
11 UN Implementing Agencies:
UNDP, UNIDO, ILO, UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNV, UNOPS, & UNEFPA.
• UNIDO and ILO are the lead agencies in North and South Sudan respectively.
National Counterparts:
The Federal Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports (FP North), the GOSS Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Labor, Public Services and Human Resources Development (South), as the overall coordinating Ministries, the Federal Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, the Federal Ministry of General Education , the Ministry of Rural Development and Cooperatives and the Central Bank of Sudan including the Bank of Southern Sudan will coordinate the technical aspects related to the respective sectors within the joint programme.

JP Objectives
• Joint Programme Outcome 1: Employment creation for migrant youth is mainstreamed into national development framework
• Joint Programme Outcome 2: Policies and measures are implemented to help young returnees enter and remain in the labor market
• Joint Programme Outcome 3: Innovative interventions to create concrete employment and training opportunities for the youth developed and implemented in 6 states (States level)

UNDP Expected Outputs
• Central Bank of Sudan adopts micro-finance policies Implementation Guidelines conducive to youth employment
• Analysis undertaken on strategic economic sectors, labor force supply and demand and opportunities for youth (self-) employment in the three Northern states.
• Micro-business start-up support mechanisms and ASCA trainings are established for boosting youth self-employment

Snapshots of the project's major achievements
• Labor market supply and demand analysis in the three target states in Northern Sudan has been conducted and the reports are under publication
• Validation workshop to disseminate the labor market survey results has been held with participation of all relevant stakeholders
• Wide range of consultations have led to successful multi-stakeholders participatory meetings through the National Steering Committee, National Project Management Committee and the State Project Management Committee
• As part of UNDP Administrative role, operational support has been provided to all UN Partners by procuring 8 vehicles and recruiting their drivers.
• Coordination mechanism through regular meetings with UN Participating Agencies in place

 
 
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