Youth Volunteers Building Darfur
What is the project about?
This project involves training young volunteers with the aim of rebuilding Darfur. In collaboration with three Darfur universities, in Nyala, El Fasher and Zalingei, the volunteers, many of whom are graduates, are given training in micro-enterprise development, green business planning and natural resource management – all skills that local communities need in Darfur.
These volunteers, some focusing on business, others on the environmental management, are then deployed to live with these communities for nine months, sharing the new skills and knowledge. During this period, these communities build their own capacities in business skills and private sector development, all of which contribute sustainably to poverty reduction.
The Project provides a nationally owned, intensive and cost-effective approach to filling the enormous business and financial skills capacity gap among the youth and women in Darfur, whilst contributing to the employment of skilled graduates.
The project outputs
- Youth Volunteers Rebuilding Darfur Scheme established and institutionalized in the 3 states of Darfur;
- Pool of Darfurian graduate youth volunteers trained and deployed in their communities;
- Micro-enterprises in target communities established and expanded in an environmentally sustainable way, with focus on women and youth
- Market access facilitated for rural MSE profit increase, with focus on women & youth entrepreneurs
- Youth Employment increased