Policy Dialogue: Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Strategy

ZeipNET

in partnership with

Ministry of Youth Development & Economic Empowerment and the Zimbabwe Youth Council

Policy Dialogue: Validation of the Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Strategy

Jameson Hotel, 11 July 2016

In July 2016, The Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) partnered with the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment and the Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC) to convene a PD aimed at validating the evidence obtained to inform the Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Strategy with particular focus on building a robust framework for youth development and empowerment. This is in line with the forthcoming African Union theme for 2017, €˜Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth.

This dialogue was done as a side event to the Youth Build Zimbabwe Symposium. The Youth Build Zimbabwe program is designed to meet two objectives. First, the program provides opportunities to the ever-increasing numbers of young people who are idle and with no skills or opportunities to positively and productively engage in their communities; and second, the program enables support to the vast number of community development initiatives that require human capacity, for example self help projects that develop communities at the same time.

The Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Strategy for Investment (ZIM YES) is a blueprint in the works that stemmed from the recognition that Zimbabwe’s youth have, since 1980, been placed into an educated, innovative and resilient demographic group and as such must now be invested in to realize Zimbabwe’s socio-economic transformation. The blue print now sought to identify strategic priority areas for youth development and economic empowerment so as to address social, economic and political issues that matter in the youth sector for achieving better quality of life for the youth. The strategy acknowledges the various advantages and opportunities that Zimbabwe can unlock for the betterment of youth to secure their future. It seeks to provide homegrown solutions for the development and empowerment of youth while highlighting the various capabilities of young people which are low hanging fruits for investment options.

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