YOUTH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
According to Article 23.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.” For Rwandan youth, unemployment is a major concern as the present labor market cannot absorb currently unemployed youth let alone meet the future need. Youth unemployment, underemployment and poor wages can have long-term adverse impacts on other rights such as adequate housing, and other basic needs.
Economic hardship coupled with a lack of opportunities to meaningfully participate in the society puts youth at risk of long-term social exclusion; which in turn compromises a countries’ social cohesion and can lead to political instability. Therefore, it is important to support Rwandan youth’s right to favorable work and protection against unemployment as a fundamental human right.
Goal: To increase opportunities for youth to acquire skills and experience in income-generating activities
- Conduct policy advocacy and raise awareness to strengthen mechanisms that facilitate youth entering into productive employment
- Promote and support self-employment, micro-enterprise and credit schemes for youth
- Engage with education providers and the private sector to increase access to education, vocational training and skill development for vulnerable people, especially women, to gain meaningful employment
 UNDP Youth Strategy 2014-2017: Empowered Youth, Sustainable Future, 2014, p 14