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Man is kneeling down using an electric saw to cut through metal on a building site in Ghana

Unemployment impacts nearly half of Ghana’s young people aged 15 to 35. The problem is exacerbated in coastal regions due to poor fish yields which means traditional job opportunities are becoming scarce.

It is vital that young people, particularly women, are given sustainable alternatives for their livelihoods and that the flow of young talent abroad is stemmed.

About this project

We’re working with partners across two regions in Ghana with the aim of promoting job creation, revenue mobilisation and expansion of economic activities for young people in an environmentally sustainable way.

Economic opportunities

Young people will be provided with appropriate support, skills opportunities and financial capabilities to enable them to start and grow their own businesses or gain employment. This will include:

  • Teaching business skills
  • Vocational training and work experience linked with the local job market
  • Giving start-up advice on various small business types
  • Teaching skills and techniques to enable diversification in rural fishing communities

Empowerment of young women

Women will be given the opportunity to discover how to diversify their business opportunities and enable existing businesses to become sustainable. This will involve:

  • Training in leadership and management, financial literacy, and business registration and regulations
  • Training new woman welders and making the industry more attractive to them
  • Customer services training
  • Workshops on land tenure – a key area in which women are disadvantaged is being able to access land for their businesses, particularly in rural areas
  • Training on improving agricultural land and market access skills
  • Workshops on fish preservation and processing skills

Transparency

Citizens and metropolitan municipal and district assemblies will work together to ensure greater understanding of revenue spending and accountability for service delivery, including:

  • Training to enable wider community understanding about how taxes are used
  • Monitoring public service delivery in areas most impacting business
  • Providing tools to monitor district tax revenue against expenditure, with a view to increasing accountability in the tax system
  • Encouraging regular interaction between young people and the state to dispel mistrust of the tax authorities

Your gift will go further

The European Union is match funding this project 1:3, so a £5,000 donation will become a staggering £20,000 - helping to grow economic opportunities for sustainable development.

Find out more

Find out more by emailing cpartnership@christian-aid.org or contacting your local regional office directly.

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