The Belgian Development Cooperation together with the implementing organizations AVSI, LVIA and ActionAid are officially launching their respective projects focusing on youth and fragility in Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula Provinces

On Thursday 26th May 2022, in the Pavilhão Eduardo Mondlane in the city of Pemba, the three projects will be officially launched with a ceremony in which a Belgian delegation, various state and provincial representatives, local leaders, representatives of civil society organizations, directors of professional institutes and beneficiaries will participate.

The event aims to present the projects and explain their objectives, ensuring visibility and highlighting the collaboration with local stakeholders (provincial and local authorities, professional and technical training institutes, local partner organizations...).

The crisis in Cabo Delgado, since its outbreak in 2017, has caused almost one million of internally displaced persons (IDP’s) and has brought about new challenges to the population such as extremely high rates of poverty due to unemployment and loss of livelihoods. Especially young IDPs find themselves in a situation of deprivation, with severe difficulties of socio-economic integration, competing for low-paid and precarious jobs not only with older and more established generations, but also among themselves and with youth from the host community.

Poverty and the lack of employment have a severe impact on the lives of young people and are hampering social cohesion, stability and lasting peace in the three provinces.

The projects under the umbrella of the Belgian Development Cooperation will address the underlying root causes of fragility and crises and strengthen the resilience of youth in the provinces Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula.  

The projects have a duration of 18 months and a budget of 1 million euros each and focus on strengthening the socio-economic development of vulnerable youth between the ages of 15 and 24 through activities such as technical and vocational training, developing soft skills, increasing youth participation, promoting entrepreneurship and supporting the capacities of the local training institutions.

The multilevel interventions aim to support sustainable and inclusive development, while strengthening coherence and complementarity between humanitarian assistance, development cooperation and peacebuilding initiatives (Nexus Humanitarian Development Peace).