Ethiopia

WHY WORK IN ETHIOPIA WITH RURAL OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH?

Ethiopia is home to a young population – 64% of Ethiopians are under 24. The majority  of these youth live in rural areas. Overall, 80% of Ethiopia’s population is rural. Agriculture in Ethiopia is the foundation of the nation’s economy. Rural youth in Ethiopia and around the world have aspirations and dreams of who they want to be in the future and within their communities. Out-of-school rural youth in Ethiopia have strong potential and many seek to work in the agricultural sector. However, coupled with limited socio-economic opportunities, many out-of-school rural youth also lack access to opportunities to build the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes as well as financial services that could support them to realize their dreams and to be agents of change.

 

KEY PROGRAM RESULTS

  •  40% of youth are able to read with comprehension after Yia compared to 10% before YiA
  • 76% of youth have high financial literacy skills after YiA compared to 12% before YiA
  •  89% of youth own a business after YiA compared to 28% before YiA
  •  92% of youth save money after YiA compared to 34% before YiA

REACH AND IMPACT

In Ethiopia, YiA reached 8887 youth (45% female), age 14-18, in rural communities in the Amhara region (Gidan, Gubalafto, Habru and Raya Kobo).

Resources and Stories

Youth in Action Ethiopia Fact Sheet Download the fact sheet for details on YiA in Ethiopia. Read More…

From leaving home to setting up shop Read Hana’s story. Read More…

Read Fasigo’s story From shattered dreams to promising future. Read More…