Solution: The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as a country with EU candidate status is using EU pre-accession funds. The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance for Rural Development (IPARD) is one of them. The funds are aimed at precisely defined measures in the IPARD programme, including investment in agricultural holdings to restructure and to upgrade to community standards; investments in the processing and marketing of agriculture products to restructure those activities and to upgrade them to community standards; and diversification and development of activities.
Goals and objectives: The Center for Promotion of Sustainable Agricultural Practices and Rural Development - CeProSARD has prepared an IPARD online information toolkit with information for all potential applicants interested in using these funds.
Implementation: The toolkit includes all relevant information necessary for the application process, including:
Achievements: IPARD toolkit is developed free of charge and easy to access. Right now, it has 70 registered local enterprises (consultant and suppliers/producers of equipment). It is regularly visited by farmers with a basic knowledge of IT and computer skills, by National Extension Agency Advisors and by private consultants helping farmers on issues related to IPARD.
Replication: The solution can be replication in the countries in pre-accession to EU.
Budget: The development of the tool was primarily supported from the Sida/MASSP2 programme with a €12,500 grant completed in December 2010. CeProSARD has since continued to update IPARD by providing human and financial resources for maintenance of the software.
Partner: Center for promotion of sustainable agricultural practices and rural development –CeProSARD
Svetlana Petrovska, CeProSARD Manager
Tel: (+38) 923061391
Goals and objectives: The solution offers access to finance for small and medium enterprises. About 40-50 percent of potential borrowers who approached banks did not obtain the required amount of loan for the development of their businesses due to insufficient collateral. Inadequate supply of credit resources of the banking system for a high demand did not allow cutting interest rates on loans.
Implementation: In 2010, the USAID Local Development Program addressed and resolved this issue by introducing a new financial structured Guarantee Fund, which provides a guarantee to an entrepreneur to obtain the required loan amount in case of insufficient collateral. The Guarantee Funds are designed to facilitate lending to small and medium enterprises and the core organizations supporting entrepreneurial activities. The main objective of the Guarantee Fund is to provide businesspeople guarantees to banks for loans and leasing contracts under insufficient collateral.
In 2013, the Law on the Guarantee Funds in the Kyrgyz Republic was adopted, governing activities of guarantee funds. Under the law, the Guarantee Fund (GF) may be established as a joint stock company, a limited liability company, a public fund or an institute, and depending on the founding members it can function throughout the republic or region. In Kyrgyzstan, GFs are regional (municipal), as the founders of the GFs are local governments and they operate in the region where they are established. GFs operate in five regions (Kara Balta, Karakol, Osh, Jalal-Abad cities and Sary Aiyl Okmot of Osh region) and on 23 March 2015, one more fund was registered in Kant city. The GF "Karakol" operates throughout the Issyk-Kul region, while all others do so within their municipality.
Association of Guarantee Funds of the Kyrgyz Republic coordinates the activities of all the GFs and all are members. The Association of Guarantee Funds of the Kyrgyz Republic has been a member of the European Association of Mutual Guarantee Societies (AECM) since October 2014.
Achievements: as of 30 June 2015 the solution has achieved the following:
Replication: Tajikistan paid a study visit to Kyrgyzstan to learn from the experience of the Kyrgyz colleagues.
Budget: Required minimum capital for the operation of the guarantee fund (in various countries, the capital requirements may be different). In Kyrgyzstan the capital requirements for the guarantee fund is KGS 6 million, or $100,000.
Partners: USAID, municipalities of Kara-Balta, Jalal-Abad, Osh, Karakol, Kant, Saray and others.
Association of Guarantee Funds of the Kyrgyz Republic
Malik Abakirov, Chairman
Address: 209/1, Moskovskaya str., Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Phone number: +996-557-574454
Solution: Following the approval of the new law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Pastures in 2009, which opened opportunities for more decentralized management of pastures through introduction of pasture committees at the local level, a new and innovative solution for addressing pasture degradation issues was introduced and tested in frames of the UNDP-implemented, Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project on “Demonstrating Sustainable Pasture Management in the Suusamyr valley” -- information system “Electronic Pasture Committee.”
Goals and objectives: The system helps to make decisions on pasture management in real-time by tracking pasture areas, amount of pasture users and livestock, livestock vaccination, payment for livestock grazing and maintaining the database of pasture tickets. In addition, the system allows accessing to data on borders, geo-botanical conditions, economic value and livestock grazing capacity of pastures and regularly monitoring of the degradation of pastures and timely action for sustainable pasture management.
Implementation: The project was implemented in 2008-2013 and having tested and proved the solution’s efficiency, is now being replicated by the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative in other districts.
To introduce the Electronic Pasture Committee in five rural areas of At-Bashy district of Naryn oblast and two rural areas of Batken and Osh oblasts, a group of pasture experts conducted an inventory, economic and geo-botanical assessment of the pasture territories of the target local self-government units and developed cattle grazing plans.
The system had been introduced in 11 districts of Chuy, Talas and Jalal-Abad oblasts within the UNDP/GEF project in the Suusamyr valley. As a response to the interest coming from other districts of the country, UNDP-UNEP PEI project supported the replication of the system in seven rural self governments of Naryn, Batken and Osh oblasts.
In 2014, after successful approval of the solution the rights to the Electronic Pasture Committee were transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Government is committed to integrating the information system into national pasture management plans by 2017.
Replication: The experience can be used in other developing countries with the similar conditions and so far two neighboring countries like Kazakhstan and Tajikistan have already expressed their interest in it.
Budget: The first project expenditure is approximately $75,000 (including the e-software development, experts’ fee and upgrading the software).
Partners: GEF, local governments
Address: 160 Chuy Ave., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Mr. Daniar Ibragimov
Team Leader, Environment and DRM/PEI focal point
Environment/Energy and Disaster Risk Management Programme
UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic
Phone number: +996-312-611211 ext. 122 (w.) +996-772 550-450
Solution: High Technologies Park (HTP) of Kyrgyz provides low-tax regime and regulatory advantages for companies and specialists in the sphere of ICT and elaboration of software. The tax benefits offered are: 5 percent income tax, 10 percent social contributions and 2 percent pension funds with average monthly salary in country, 1 percent deductions from company turnover to the directorate of HTP.
Implementation: HTP development was initiated by Kyrgyz Software and Services Developers Association (KSSDA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation and Communication and had been realized since 2008.
Residents - A resident of the HTP is any individual or organization registered as an HTP resident in the manner prescribed by the HTP Act. An individual or organization can become an HTP resident if at least 90 percent of their income comes from the activities listed below.
Activities of HTP residents:
Foreign individuals and organizations can also become HTP residents. Any individual or organization wishing to join ITP should submit an application in a form approved by the Supervisory Board.
One year after final registration, no less than 80 percent of goods and services produced by the resident should go for export and/or no less than 80 percent of resident’s revenues should be from the exports of goods and services.
Achievements: There are eight company residents and for 2014 total income was $1,407,366. 80 percent of customers are from abroad: Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Ukraine and elsewhere.
Replication: the solution can be replicated in countries where is demand to governmen’s stimulation for development of the ICT sector.
Solution: Organic aimak is an integrated model of sustainable development of rural and mountainous communities, based on a synthesis of traditional culture and modern organic technologies.
Goals and objectives: This model has been developing since 2012 under the common agreement that farmers work together using traditional technologies and waiving chemicals for production of agricultural goods, such as potatoes, beans, nuts, apricots, berries, honey etc., that are in high demand in the market and profitable. An important feature is preservation of fragile mountain ecotypes and bio-cultural diversity.
Implementation: The solution is based on consolidation of efforts of local farmers for sustainable development of agricultural production. In Kopuro Bazar village, Talass region, 20 farmers pooled their land and allocated some of it for public use.
This uses social resources based on the traditional mentality of indigenous inhabitants, as well as traditional instruments of social control and motivation:
Achievements: This model brought changes to depressed villages where farmers used to not receive money for their products and lived a natural exchange life for many years by earning relatively large, by local standards, amount of cash. At the Organic Products Fair in 2014, only one village - Kopuro Bazar - sold agricultural products at 30,000 Kyrgyz Soms (about $5,000) in two days.
As products labeled organic must be certified, the federation “Bio-KG” has now been introducing private organic standards and the Ministry of Agricultures presented the National Plan on Organic Agriculture Development for the Government’s endorsement.
Replication: The solution can be replicated in countries where there are many small-scale farms with "patchwork" landholdings, especially in depressed areas and in fragile or degraded ecosystems like mountains, deserts, tundra zones. Sustainable profitable farming with minimal cost can be reproduced in poor countries through community mobilization and application of traditional techniques for financial and material support.
Budget: The first year of the program implementation international organizations (such as ICCO, The Christensen Fund, and others) allocated $60,000 for 4 aymaks, composed of 9 villages.
Partners: Local farmers of 23 villages – implementation of organic farming technologies; Ministry of Agriculture of Kyrgyz Republic – rules and regulations development; National Agricultural University – knowledge sharing; international organizations, such as ICCO, The Christensen Fund, Helvetas, and GIZ – technical and financial support.
Federation of Organic Development “Bio-KG» (FOD «Bio-KG»)
Director Mr. Aidaraliev Iskenderbek
Phone number; +996 553 332167
Solution: In Kyrgyzstan, 30.6 percent of the population lives below the poverty line (World Bank, 2014) and needs various help, starting with food, clothes and housing up to expensive surgeries.
Goals and objectives: The problem is not enough connection and trust between people in need and those who are able and willing to help them. To contribute to solving the problem, the Charity Public Foundation “Elim Barsynby?” launched an initiative called “A Good Penny.”
Implementation: Traditionally, most Kyrgyz families have money boxes to collect odd money (called pennies for the purpose of initiative) time from time and to spend later for small household expenses. The initiative mobilizes people to bring their money boxes to be organized events and give pennies to the poor.
To mobilize people and resources, the foundation implements the following steps:
Achievements: As a result of four charity events organized in Bishkek, the capital, and Talas region, the initiative has collected $16,876, which was distributed to people who need surgeries to be done in Kyrgyzstan.
The initiative has had an essential social impact:
Replication: The solution can be replicated in countries to help people in need through social mobilization. Budget: $6,000 for all expenses.
Partners: Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, administrations of shopping centers "Bishkek Park" and “Vefa Center,” popular singers.
Charity Public Foundation “Elim Barsynby?”
Federov street 28, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Contact person: Khabibulla Arzykulov, Director
Тел.: +996 312 89 86 22
UN, donors, government counterparts’ discussion in 2013 on phasing out of the Humanitarian-Architecture, leads to discussion on resilience building as a plausible way forward in Zimbabwe. To this end, UNDP with the support of government ministries, UNRCO, and WFP generated a series of evidence pieces to inform the development of the Zimbabwe Resilience Strategic Framework and the set-up of the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund to cover programming gaps. Beyond management of the platform, UNDP remains involved in evidence-building and the application of this evidence in policy making for resilience in Zimbabwe. RC is an integral part of the ZRBF Steering Committee.
The fund has recently been launched and the 3-year community projects have only recently started. However, through the particular set-up, the ZRBF constitutes a broad Platform for building resilience in Zimbabwe (noting that the new GCF proposal will also build on this foundation). Importantly, all three engagement areas of ZRBF (1. Evidence; 2. Increased absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacities of at-risk communities; 3. A flexible Crisis modifier built-in have gained substantial trust and go beyond being experimentation spaces for the government and the beneficiaries – they are now becoming drivers of change for UNDP core programming Additionally, ZRBF positions UNDP within the Zimbabwean context to coordinate or jointly coordinate thinking around: SDGs 1,2,5,6 and 13.
Over the last decades, Zimbabwe has experienced a number of unprecedented economic, climatic and social shocks and stresses, many of which will have long-lasting impacts. Poverty, food insecurity, malnutrition, and environmental degradation are serious challenges in Zimbabwe, particularly in rural areas. Due to effects of climate change or extreme weather conditions and poor economic development Zimbabwe has for the last fifteen years, experienced a social and economic crisis that entrenched high levels of poverty. The national poverty rate stands at 62.6% while the rural poverty rate is at 76%, with 30.4% of the rural population living in extreme poverty and 33% of under-5 children stunted (chronically malnourished) . Frequent droughts have resulted in poor cropping and consumption seasons over the last 15 years with an estimated 4.2 million people in need of food assistance between January and March 2017. Total cereal production in 2016 was estimated at 512,000 metric tonnes: 27% lower than in 2015, and about 50% lower than the 2011–2015 average. With this background and increased frequency of hazards, the resilience approach is the most likely successful pathway to development for most affected communities.
The Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) is a long-term development initiative with an overall objective of contributing to increased capacity of communities to protect development gains in the face of recurrent shocks and stresses enabling them to contribute to the development of Zimbabwe. Importantly, the facility is distinct from traditional development projects as it has no fixed log frame but rather works on the basis of calls for proposals defined by the actualized needs on the ground. ZRBF has developed a governance mechanism and vetting process to ensure that funding is allocated to the highest quality of proposals that deliver value for money to eligible partners (UN agencies, INGOs, CBOs, Academia, local government and private sector) to respond to the growing demand for greater collaboration amongst a wide range of actors and support achievement of the results of the engagement areas. The fund also consists of a crisis-modifier which provides appropriate, predictable, coordinated and timely response to risk and shocks to benefitting communities thereby ‘protecting’ the resilience investments made. The ZRBF adds value to fine-tune the design and increase the effectiveness of delivery for integrated solutions to complex development settings that require multi actors’ partnerships and multi-sectoral action across economic, social and environmental issues.
Partners: The ZRBF is funded through the EU (US$ 28 million), DfID (US$ 34 million), SIDA US$ 12 million) and with some seed-funding from UNDP (US$ 2 million). To date, ZRBF has made a total allocation of US$ 37 million to 7 Consortia with a total of 29 partners (UN agency, NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, Academia, Private Sector and Local government targeting) a total of 800,000 beneficiaries in 18 prioritized vulnerable rural districts.
Government Partners of Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund:
Ministry of Land, Agricultural and Rural Resettlement and Fund is managed by United Nations Development Programme, with some coordination with the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
United Nations Development Programme in Zimbabwe
OIC The Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund
Rwanda’s economy and its people's livelihood are highly dependent on natural resources that are under increasing pressure from unsustainable use, soil erosion, deforestation and the impact of increasing climate variability and climate change, especially in rural areas.
In partnership with the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), and a range of other ministries including Local Government, Infrastructure and Agriculture and under the leadership of the local women’s-led cooperative, the UNEP-UNDP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) from 2010 to 2018, supported the adoption of a range of economic and environmentally sustainable approaches and technologies making Rubaya the country’s first ‘Green Village’.
Scaled up under the “Integrated Development Programme (IDP) Model Villages”, today, more than 44 village models allow to halt environmental degradation, provide green energy, livelihoods and improved infrastructure for the local inhabitants.
Rwanda’s economy and its people's livelihood are highly dependent on natural resources that are under increasing pressure from unsustainable use, soil erosion, deforestation and the impact of increasing climate variability and climate change. As such, unsustainable use of the environment and natural resources hinders the achievement of national development objectives.
Because of the natural topography in Rwanda, the “Land of 1000 Hills”, the rural population is vulnerable to natural risks and disasters, especially flooding and landslides, which are exacerbated by increasingly extreme weather events caused by climate change.
In many rural areas, over-cultivation of land, inadequate soil conservation and deforestation from firewood collection causes fertile soil to be washed away during heavy rains resulting in lower agricultural productivity and food security. Women and children often have to walk long distances to carry firewood or collect water, leaving little time for other activities and formal education.
Since 2010, Rubaya, a rural village nestled among the hills of Gicumbi District, located in North Rwanda and one of the poorest districts in the country, has been quietly leading a sustainable development revolution. In partnership with the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), and a range of other ministries including Local Government, Infrastructure and Agriculture and under the leadership of the local women’s led cooperative, the UNEP-UNDP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) supported the adoption of a range of economic and environmentally sustainable approaches and technologies making Rubaya the country’s first ‘Green Village’.
Terracing and tree planting has reduced soil erosion and deforestation which improved agricultural productivity, and reduced flooding, siltation and water pollution from fertilizer run-off. The new biogas plants have provided Rubaya with a clean source of energy, reducing smoke-related health problems from open fires and dependency on firewood, thereby reducing rates of deforestation. Rainwater harvested and stored in reservoirs and underground tanks is used for crop irrigation and household consumption. With these resources now available close at hand, women and children have more time to engage in other productive activities. The project has also increased crop productivity, allowed to build better houses, a school and a health centre.
A cost-benefit analysis of the project (2017) has proven that the green village project is very cost-effective. The village cost about US$636,000 to construct and costs about US$22,000 per year to run. Using conservative figures, the project demonstrates an internal rate of return of 5.8 percent, 7.7 percent and 8.9 percent over 15, 20 and 30 years, respectively. The study also estimated that investing in an additional 30 villages of 100 households each (1 green village per district) would generate net benefits of about US$21million at a 6 percent discount rate over 30 years, generate further indirect economic benefits equivalent to 0.8 percent of GDP and lead to a 0.71 percent decrease in the extreme poverty rate of 16.3 percent (now at 39%), as villagers have been selected from the poorest strata in the country.
Based on these results and experiences of all stakeholders involved, the Government of Rwanda decided to scale-up the initiative under the “Integrated Development Programme (IDP) Model Villages” under auspices of the Ministry of Local Government and the Rwanda Housing Authority. So far 44 IDP Model Villages have been established, with Government investing USD25million in the Financial Year 2016/17. And in the newly drafted National Strategy for Transformation (NST) for the period 2018-2024, the government targets 4 IDP Model Villages per District, which will be reflected in District Development Strategies and yearly performance contracts (“imihigo”) of government officials. To support this process, REMA with UNDP-UNEP PEI support has developed “Green Village Toolkits” and provides training to national and district technical staff, and village inhabitants.
The green village model has also raised attention among other countries in the region who learned about the green village practice through study exchanges, e.g. through regional PEI events, or study tours from Burkina Faso, Tanzania and other countries.
Rwanda’s Environment Management Authority (REMA), supported by the UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI)
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International Technical Specialist
UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI)
Solution: EduFocal is an online social learning tool for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and Caribbean Examination Certificate exam (CSEC) students in Jamaica.
Goals and objectives: EduFocal is created to enable social learning, specifically test preparation through utilizing “gamification” and helping to keep students interested in the service.
Implementation: EduFocal was launched on March 15, 2012 and currently has over 600 students utilizing the service to practice for their exams.
Users who are registered to the EduFocal service start at level 1 in all the subjects that are offered, that is, the most basic level. To “level up”, users need to answer questions that are created by teachers on the EduFocal service; the more questions students answer correctly, the faster they level up.
The difficulty of questions depends on the level, at which the student is: the higher the level, the more difficult the questions. When students attain level 65 in a particular subject they are considered “EduSparks” and have the ability to write questions/content for others on the EduFocal service.
Another element of the EduFocal service that is adopted from game mechanics is the leader board. The leader board is a system wide feature where students compete against each other for the number one spot on the service. The student who is consistently at #1 will win a scholarship from EduFocal.
As of now EduFocal facilitates test preparation for students sitting for GSAT test in Jamaica and the Caribbean CSEC exam, but the platform was made to facilitate other exams, e.g SATs, CAPE etc. EduFocal has been endorsed by the Jamaican Minister of Education.
Achievements: Since December 2012, students have taken over 22,000 tests on EduFocal and parents have reported that students are on the service as early as 5:00 AM. One parent claimed that her child’s performance in school has seen drastic improvement since she started using EduFocal.
EduFocal is expected to impact thousands of students over the next 5 years by giving them an appreciation for learning, and not only to see it as a boring, rote thing that is done to get by in the world.
EduFocal was created out of a need to change the educational landscape in the Caribbean, a very modest goal. The most valuable part of the service isn’t the gamification, but the data that is collected on each and every student on the service. This can be used to generate reports on each student.
Solution: Self-Employed Workers Association Kendra (SEWAK) is an innovative project improving skills of rural youth in India through employment generating services and trainings.
Goals and objectives: Unemployment is one of the major problems faced by rural youth in India today. Even though a number of schemes are being implemented by various Government Departments to provide self-employment to the youth, a large number of youths still continue to be unemployed. Lack of technical training, unawareness of available opportunities, lack of motivation, and declining entrepreneurship are some of the reasons attributed to the large-scale unemployment among rural youth. SEWAK’s prime objective is to provide quality entrepreneurship and employment generating services to improve the living conditions and livelihood opportunities of young people between 15 to 35 years from the most challenged and economically disadvantaged sections of the society.
Implementation: To address this vital issue, Nehru Yuva Kendra Palakkad started SEWAK in 2000 by registering under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. The project runs through providing young people with quality advanced training in various vocational fields so they can become self-employed. Trained youth then become part of SEWAK Skilled Workers Panel and they are eligible to work on several public work projects for the Panchayati Raj Institutions and other Government and other quasi-government agencies in the Region. Through these projects, sustainable employment is provided to trained youth.
The innovative approach of SEWAK is to generate money locally to solve unemployment challenges within the community.
Achievements: SEWAK has made remarkable achievements in generating employment avenues for poor and disadvantaged communities by mobilizing resources locally.
Solution: Holistic assessment (HA) is a process of using multiple sources to continually gather information on a child’s development, to provide feedback to support and guide learning throughout the education.
Goals and objectives: In 2009, the Singapore Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) Committee made recommendations to realize a more holistic primary education and prepare youth for the future. HA aims to support student learning and development, and build their confidence and desire to learn.
Implementation: key strategies for implementing HA:
Ministry of Education implemented HA in three stages (see figure below), starting with prototyping in sixteen schools in 2010, and extending to all 190 primary schools by 2013.
HA focuses on achieving greater balance, quality and child-centricity in school assessment systems to increase student motivation and success in learning). Teachers use assessment information formatively to adjust instruction and provide students with feedback and targeted practice to move learning forward. Students clarify learning intentions, assess themselves and one another, set goals for improvement, and track and communicate their progress.
Schools adopt Child-Centric Holistic Reporting Systems (comprising Holistic Report Card, Pupil Progress Report and Development Portfolio) to give parents a fuller picture of their child’s holistic development. This enables greater student involvement in communicating their learning (e.g., through Parent-Child-Teacher Conferencing) and helps develop confident learners.
Achievements: Primary schools have ranked HA as one of the most beneficial MOE initiatives for each of the past four years (2011-2014).
Teachers generally indicated higher confidence in delivering quality classroom assessment after one year of implementing HA. More than 97% of teachers surveyed indicated that they were:
Students found learning more enjoyable and became more confident and motivated to learn. They were more aware of their strengths and areas for improvement as a result of feedback received from their teachers. They had more opportunities to set goals for their learning and communicate what they had learnt to their parents and teachers. Many teachers also reported that students were more engaged during lessons, participated more actively in class and took greater ownership of their learning.
Parents gave the “thumbs up” to HA implementation despite initial reservations. They became less anxious after seeing the positive effects of HA on their children. Parents appreciated the regular feedback provided on their child’s progress and performance as it helped them to better support their child’s learning and development.
Replication: There are plans to implement HA practices in the secondary schools. PERI-HA implementation has been shared with secondary schools, junior colleges, pre-schools and special education schools as well as with overseas delegates visiting Singapore schools (e.g., from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Fiji, Hong Kong, Kenya, Korea, Lesotho, Nigeria, Oman and Thailand). Many visitors have found PERI-HA interesting and indicated an interest in adapting HA practices to their own context.
Budget: Approximately US2.2 million (2010 figure)
Contact details: Ministry of Education
Solution: Job Link-Up is an initiative targeted at young people from the ages of 15 and 24 who are considered ‘at risk” of remaining unemployed. Within the framework of this initiative, “at-risk” refers to those young persons who, due to particular socio-economic factors may experience greater difficulty in finding a job and integrating into the job market; thus they are considered to be involuntarily out of work.
Goals and objectives: Job-Link Up is aimed to engage “at-risk” youth to strengthen personal development and employment skills, improved chances for employment and opportunities for further education and thus, to reduce their interest to participate in deviant behaviours.
Implementation: in 2009, the Department of Youth and Culture launched the Job Link-Up initiative that has been running since then.
For this initiative, those considered ‘at-risk’ must exhibit 3 or more of the following “hindering” factors:
Each young person attached to the programme is assisted in developing action plans that plot their entry into the workforce. These action plans includes individual counselling, group counseling, job shadowing, mentorship, job placement, academic and skills training coupled with ongoing personal development sessions.
The concept behind Job Link-Up is that by completion of each programme cycle, participants would have been fully integrated into the job market. Each programme cycle runs for 6 months and targets 15 at-risk youth per cycle.
Young people accessing the Job Link-Up programme must be referred by a select group of referral agencies, through the ‘Job Link-Up Referral Form’. These agencies are:
All decisions concerning acceptance to the initiative are made by a management team. After reviewing the forms, an initial short list of potential clients is made. These clients are then interviewed. The clients selected to commence a cycle must:
The following remuneration is provided to clients attached to a workplace:
Remuneration is provided to clients along the agreed ratio: Department of Youth and Culture 60%; and the agency of employment 40%.
Achievements: From the inception of the programme in 2009, Job Link-Up has assisted seventy-five (75) young persons. Of these persons, five percent (75%) successfully completed the programme and approximately forty- five percent (45%) have gained fulltime employment.
From the experience gained through this initiative, some participants have ventured into their own small enterprise. In addition to gaining fulltime employment, reviews have shown that participants now possess greater self-confidence, have enhanced social skills and are making a more meaningful contribution to their communities.
Partners: The Departments of Social Development, Probation and Education, Her Majesty’s Prison, the Youth and Community Development Centers, churches, Community based organizations
Budget: The Job Link-Up Programme, which runs for a six (6) months cycle has an annual budget of EC$56,601.41 (USD20, 833.00).
Anguilla Department of Youth and Culture
Bren K. Romney, Director
Telephone: 264 498 3792
Fax: 264 497 7999