Youth in Action – Learning Event


“Pathways to Opportunity: Unlocking the Potential for Sustainable Youth Livelihoods in Rural Africa

Welcome to the official page of Youth in Action’s final event that took place at the Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Munyonyo, Kampala during May 23 and 24, 2018.

Through the Youth in Action (YiA) program, Save the Children, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, has worked with 40,000 youth in rural Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda to improve their sustainable livelihood opportunities and secure a better future.

2018 marks the end of the six-year YiA program. We invited guests to join us in celebrating the achievements of YiA’s young women and men, while discussing how youth livelihoods programs are enhancing the socio-economic status of rural youth across Africa.

The program achieved results by using an integrated approach built on three pillars: Youth Learn, Youth Act and Youth Connect.  The event used the same integrated approach to achieve the following objectives:

Learn lessons and discuss challenges from YiA’s experiences in working at scale with out-of-school girls and boys as they relate to future program opportunities in rural Africa.

Act by sharing your experiences and providing your perspective on how the YiA’s program model can be leveraged to reach more young people living in rural areas, their communities and future generations.

Connect with the YiA team, other experts and practitioners to learn about innovative and promising practices for more investment in rural youth livelihood.

We celebrated YiA’s successes, shared program research and learning and had a platform for dialogue with the broader development community on socio-economic development for young people in rural Africa. The event was also a place for the youth livelihoods community to advocate for increasing investments in the immediate enabling environment as a key driver of success for young people’s integration into the workforce in rural areas.

Download Presentations

Building Skills for Success in Work and Life

Youth Profiles

Evidence to Action: How Do We Support Youth Livelihood Opportunities in a rural Context?

Tailoring Implementation to Country Contexts: Lessons from Youth in Action

Connecting Youth to Services

Youth Leadership in Small Enterprise Development: Challenges & Prospects

Building Youth’s Self-employment Capabilities in Rural Africa

Integrating Mentorship for Successful Youth Livelihoods

Mainstreaming Gender in Youth Livelihoods Programs


Watch Event Video

To watch the full length event video, click here. 

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