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Local Level Responses to the Youth Employment Challenge
What is the project about?
25% of Albanian young men and 21% of young women (aged 15 – 29) are unemployed according to LFS, 2011), and as many as 70% of young people are exposed to informal employment according to National Action Plan on Youth Employment).
Long unemployment spells early in life and extended employment in the informal economy affect the prospects of youth to secure a career job, a decent wage and a future for them and their families.
This project builds on successful interventions piloted under the Joint UN Programme on Youth Employment and Migration (2008-2011), namely employment creation and formalization of jobs through territorial employment pacts for youth; and active labour market measures in a public-private partnership framework. The project capitalizes on the comparative advantages of ILO and UNDP, in normative, design of measures and implementation, respectively. The overall unifying element is the strengthening of outreach of the National Employment Service by establishing a closer partnership with the private sector and all other regional/local stakeholders. The project is funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) in Albania in response to the SDC strategy to promote employability and income opportunities for youth.
The Local Level Responses to the Youth Employment Challenge (LLRYEC) project aims to improve the employment opportunities of youth in the three selected regions where youth unemployment rates are highest, namely Lezha, Kukes, Shkodra.
Beyond traditional measures, the project places particular focus on the role of local actors to identify and undertake local level solutions, through Territorial Employment Pacts.
In addition, it works closely with the private sector at all levels to sensitize them on their role and responsibility towards creating decent employment opportunities for youth.
The project works to:
1. Enable local actors to identify and address youth employment challenges;
2. Improve collaboration between local actors as a means to reduce youth unemployment;
3. Improve National Employment Service capacity to provide quality employment services
Enable the decent employment of youth through the promotion of corporate social responsibility
What have we accomplished so far?
The project has supported the establishment of three Regional Employment Boards in Kukes Shkodra and Lezha. This has led to improved dialogue among local actors on issues related to local economic development in general and youth employment in particular.
Three territorial audits have identified local needs and areas of interventions to generate new and formal jobs.
146 youth gained new skills in 2013 by participating in two employment programmes implemented in collaboration with the National Employment Service, bringing the total number of beneficiaries since 2009, to over 500. An additional 200 will participate in 2014.
The promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility through a multi-stakeholder platform has sensitized various stakeholders on their respective roles, and has stimulated close public private partnerships in a series of initiatives (e.g. raising awareness, measuring CSR performance, CSR awards, building private sector skills on CSR, etc.)
Who finances it?
|Swiss Development Cooperation||2011||$ 826,008|
|Swiss Development Cooperation||2012||$ 619,506|
|Swiss Development Cooperation||2013||$ 206,502|
- Project duration
- September 2012 - June 2014
- Geographic coverage
- Lezha, Kukes, Shkodra
- Programme Officer
- Eno Ngjela
- Project Manager
- Dajna Sorensen
- Ministry of Labor Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy; National Employment Service