The Gambia remains on the list of least developed countries. It has a small economy that relies primarily on agriculture, tourism, and remittances. While about 60% of the population is under the age of 25 years, there are high levels of youth unemployment and underemployment. Poverty and lack of employment opportunities are among the major reasons driving an increasing number of people to leave the country. Irregular migration flows to Europe – commonly known as ‘taking the backway’ – are putting Gambians at risk and harming the country’s social cohesion and economy. To turn the migration movement, more jobs and opportunities need to be created at home. YEP aims to contribute to the inclusiveness of the society and reduce migration pressure by improving the employability of youth, especially potential and returning migrants.
Skills upgrading through technical and vocational training programmes
Promotion of entrepreneurship among youth through business skills training and support programmes
Improved compliance of Gambian products to international standards and market requirements
Improved MSME productive capacities and activate market linkages
Foster strategic direction and national ownership for job-centred growth
About The Trust Fund
The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa addresses the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. More specifically, it helps address the root causes of destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration by promoting equal opportunities, strengthening security, development and resilience of vulnerable people.Learn more
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC helps businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, speeding economic development and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Global Goals for sustainable development.Learn more
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