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Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

At KIT Institute, we create new incentives and opportunities for youth employment and entrepreneurship in rural economies. Our ambition is to use the potential of food and agriculture systems in developing countries for decent jobs along agricultural value chains.

Young adults face significant economic and social challenges as their share of the global population continues to grow. In many parts of the world youth unemployment is rampant. Young people live in adverse conditions excluded from education, health care, and economic and social opportunities. In addition, the lack of prospects for a better future is driving high levels of migration by young people. This is occurring nationally from rural to urban areas, and internationally, from developing countries to Europe or North America, as well as between developing countries.

Our Approach and Expertise

One way KIT is addressing the myriad issues above is through collaborations with international development organisations, foundations, NGOs and donor agencies. These partnerships aim to improve young people’s access to employment and entrepreneurship in agriculture and related enterprises. We do so by increasing the skill-sets of youth. We also strengthen the links between training and labour market needs and develop strategies for the business case of youth inclusion.

At the same time, we also work to address barriers that commonly prevent young people from entering into income-earning activities. These include areas such as access to finance, land and other assets. In our experience it is crucial to support youth in a holistic manner. This means complementing the development of soft skills (like entrepreneurship and financial literacy) with other enablers such as financial services and mentoring opportunities.

In supporting youth inclusion and empowerment, we take into account the large heterogeneity among youth in terms of gender, ethnicity, class and other social identities. We develop youth-specific approaches that are sensitive to the intersecting and often conflicting dynamics of these different identities. This way our multi-disciplinary team uses a bottom-up approach. It begins with the characteristics, aspirations, needs, and challenges of youth themselves and includes the ecosystems lived in by youth.

We understand that promoting youth employment and entrepreneurship requires the alignment and collaboration of a variety of actors. At KIT, we facilitate these processes to ensure that knowledge sharing, learning and co-innovation take place through action learning processes.

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Featured Projects

  • Increasing Youth Engagement in Agriculture in Northern Uganda

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT conducted a qualitative study to better understand youth engagement in agriculture for the DFID-funded NU-TEC Market Development Programme. More specifically, the study focused on youth dynamics and opportunities in sunflower and soya markets. It also highlighted business models and strategies to foster private sector linkages and youth engagement in land preparation, seed production, storage […]

  • Building Skills-Based Employment Programmes

    • Institute
    • Project

    Based on field work in the three targeted countries and a literature review the aim was to compose a set of very practical critical standards for effective youth (un)employment programmes to guide future programmes as well as potentially scaling up of the Youth Building the Future programme. Research that provides practical suggestions A literature review […]

  • Youth in Agricultural Cooperatives

    • Institute
    • Project

    This research builds on the outcomes of several scoping efforts, seminars and networking meetings on youth and agriculture in rural areas as well as the consortium’s broader experience in working with agricultural cooperatives.  The study underscores the critical need to develop additional knowledge with respect to youth inclusion in agricultural cooperatives. Providing insights This explorative […]

Our Services

  • Applied Research

    KIT Institute addresses development challenges at local, regional and global levels through research that generates new insights and knowledge in our areas of expertise: health, sustainable economic development and gender.

  • Policy & Programme Design

    KIT Institute operates at the intersection of theory and practice and between policy and implementation, translating good intentions into meaningful social and economic impact.

  • Education, training and coaching

    KIT Institute plays a major role in this by offering a range of education and capacity building services, from formal education at masters level to client-oriented training and coaching support.

  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Impact Assessment

    Monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment are powerful tools to assess health, social, and economic impact. They allow us to learn what works and why. Our expertise and track record in these areas make us well-equipped to evaluate your work.

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