Friday, 09 March 2018 07:25

Since the beginning of the Syrian Crisis, 1.5 million people have taken refuge in Lebanon. Most of the refugees have settled in informal camps with difficult living conditions where many cannot have access to health infrastructure due to geographic localization, cost of medical consultations and other factors.

To ensure access to basic healthcare for the refugees in the informal camps and remote villages Amel Association Center, a Lebanese non-governmental organization, set-up the Medical Mobile Unit (MMUs), a special vehicle equipped with all the medical tools. Each unit is composed of a doctor, a nurse, a social worker and a driver.

The first MMU started functioning at the end of 2012 in Bekaa, East Lebanon.  In 2014, other units were set up in South Lebanon to reach a bigger part of the population.

In order to encourage vulnerable population/ individuals in a vulnerable situation to seek treatment, the medical mobile unit established a timetable with regular shifts. The contact with vulnerable people enables to identify people suffering from serious illnesses. In this case, Amel’s doctors refer them either to Amel’s centers or to other specialized NGOs.

The general medical consultations and medications are provided for free.

The other mission of these units is to provide awareness sessions about various health and social topics. Topics covered are defined by the medical team according to the needs. For example, if the team observes that people suffer from diarrhea, the awareness sessions will focus on sanitary rules to avoid this phenomenon.

Since 2013, with the support of local communities 222,612 consultations have been realized (19,983 in 2013, 42,953 in 2014, 50,528 in 2015, 50,717 in 2016 and 58,431 in 2017), enabling access to a good healthcare system for people living in camp settings.

Given the successful implementation of the project, new funding was secured to replicate the project in other areas of Lebanon.

Budget: 100 000 $ per unit per year covering, in particular:

  • Purchasing the vehicle;
  • Equipping the vehicle;
  • Purchasing the material and equipment;
  • Covering stipends for doctors, nurses, social worker, and driver.

Partners: Agence Française pour le Développement (AFD), MEDICO

Contact details:
Name and title: Dr Kamel Mohanna, President
Telephone: + 961 3 202 270
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Thursday, 08 March 2018 23:07

Hungary has mandatory regulations of school food in place. School Food Policy (SFP) is embedded in other policy as for health or education. A number  of activities related to nutrition are being carried out under the auspices of the National Public Health Programme.

The voluntary school fruit and vegetables scheme provides school children with fruit and vegetables, aiming thus to promote fruit and vegetable consumption and to encourage good eating habits in young people. Besides providing fruit and vegetables the scheme includes educational and awareness-raising initiatives.

95% of the target group benefits from the Scheme by receiving 3-4 portions of fruit and vegetables per week in school and participating in accompanying educational measures. The main characteristics of the Scheme are the following:

  • Target group: 6-12 year old school children
  • Scope of the products: fresh fruits and vegetables and fruit juices
  • Duration: 27 week
  • Accompanying educational measures: tasting classes, educational material, farm visits, contests and rewards promoting healthy eating habits.

This Solution provides example of the types of policy actions that can be taken for replication.

For more information:


Contact information of solution-provider:
Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary
Department for EU and FAO Affairs
Department Agricultural Markets
Bittsánszky Márton
Tel: +36 1 7953 808
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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 08:21

With an estimated vulnerable Lebanese population of 1,5 million and a massive population of Syrian refugees (1.5 million as of October 2016), Lebanon is the first country in the world for the number of refugees per inhabitant (about 1/4). This population is predominantly poor and often living in unworthy and miserable conditions in urban areas (crowding, promiscuity, deplorable hygiene etc.).

In large cities, particularly in Beirut, the phenomenon of working and begging children in the streets is increasing. Children are often pushed by their parents, who are sometimes not allowed to work, in order to assure a minimum subsistence to their family.  These children are highly vulnerable and victims, on a large scale, of abuse and exploitation of all kinds: family violence, sexual abuse, prostitution, forced labor. Many of these minors suffer from mental disorders.

Amel Association Center, a Lebanese non-governmental organization, with support of Samusocial International and the Crisis and Support Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France initiated the Mobile Protection Unit aimed to go directly to the most vulnerable and marginalized people in the streets in order to provide them with medico-social support and to tackle the health and social exclusion they live in. Considering that reducing their marginalization status is the first step to get these children and families out of the street, one of the main objectives of the project is to contribute in reconnecting them with the society in redirecting them to some competent organizations, state institutions, associations, etc.

Since the start of the project in May 2017 a mobile team composed of a nurse, a social worker, and a driver/social assistant has been operating in the most marginalized neighborhoods of the Beirut’s South suburb (Shwayfat, Bir Hassan, Ouzayi, Tarik el Matar, etc.).

They are in charge of identifying the vulnerable people exposed in the street (begging, working, roaming, living, or sleeping in the street). After having built a social link with them and having gained their trust, the team gives immediate first aid, nursing care and social support. Depending on their needs, the beneficiaries are referred to Amel centers or to any other competent organization to receive the support they need (in the medical, educational, psychosocial fields).

The vehicle of the team is specially equipped to conduct first aid cares, private consultations, and to transport the beneficiaries.

The team is in charge of accompanying the beneficiaries to their appointments/consultations, and follows up with them on a regular basis to make sure that the referral has been successful.

Achievements:  During the period between July 2017 until December 2017 (6 month of activity), 301 vulnerable people, mostly children, have been identified.

→ 29 people received first medical aid in the streets by the team nurse,

→ 110 have been referenced and accompanied by Amel center or other associations (depending on the need): 27 in social education, 70 to medical centers,

→ 66% of the beneficiaries are under 12 years old, and 20% are between 12 and 20 years old.

Budget: 400,000 € covering particularly:

  • Purchasing the vehicle;
  • Equipping the vehicle;
  • Purchasing the material and equipment;
  • Purchasing medical supplies and medication;
  • Covering the medical consultations / medical analysis;
  • Covering the salaries of the coordination staff and mobile team members.

Partners: Samusocial International (France), the Crisis and Support Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France

Contact details:
Dr. Kamel Mohanna, President
Telephone: + 961 3 202 270
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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 07:43

The support project for the upgrading of the Chamanculo C neighborhood in the Mozambican capital resulted from a cooperation agreement signed between the Municipality of Maputo, the Brazilian Government, the Italian Government and the Cities Alliance, with the support of the Bank World. The project was inspired by the rehabilitation experience of the Alagados neighborhood in Salvador (Brazil), carried out by the Italian NGO AVSI, which was also a central partner in the Mozambican initiative. Based on the methodology used in Brazil, the project in Chamanculo C consisted of a pilot experience in Mozambique, contributing to the consolidation of the national intervention policy in informal settlements, developed in parallel to the initiative.

Informal occupations of the territory and precarious urban settlements prevail in many countries of the global south. Among the causes of this situation are the absence of sound housing policies in urbanization contexts, the expansion of rural-urban migration flows and the persistence of poverty.

According to UN-Habitat, more than one million people live in Maputo, 75% of which are in informal neighborhoods with precarious or non-existent urban infrastructure and services. Such settlements are often located in inappropriate areas, prone to flooding, generating and exacerbating risk situations. The mitigation of this framework requires a broad program of gradual improvement, capable of involving and integrating different sectoral policies and investments related to housing. Indeed, the proposal of the "Maputo Municipality's Urban Structure Plan" (PEUMM) recognizes that "the injustice of this situation is unsustainable" and that "it is indispensable to assign to informal neighborhood redevelopment operations an absolute priority in budgetary allocations; to create the technical mechanisms and institutional organization necessary for the great battle for a city without slums, thus responding to the global strategies of which Mozambique is a signatory.

Implemented between 2008 and 2016, the project to support the requalification of the Chamanculo C neighborhood aimed at transferring expertise and knowledge to face the precariousness of housing in Maputo and Mozambique. More precisely, the project aimed to contribute to improving the quality of life of the population of Chamanculo C, through the elaboration and application of an integrated and participatory urban requalification methodology. The project was structured around four main axes:

  1. Preparation of studies and plans;
  2. Promotion of local development;
  3. Institutional strengthening and project supervision; and
  4. Execution of priority works.

The intervention methodology in the territory consisted of a combination of urban-housing, environmental and socio-economic actions, developed with broad participation of the local population, and included the realization of priority infrastructures and the execution of the local development plan (prioritization of actions to be implemented, financing of projects devised by local associations, socioeconomic, educational and health initiatives, and strengthening of community associations).

In parallel to the physical and social interventions in the neighborhood of Chamanculo C, the project sought to support institutional strengthening and the structuring of broader public policies, focusing on municipal administration, through the training of human resources and the formulation of plans and projects. Specifically, the project contributed to the design of a municipal intervention strategy in informal settlements (in synergy with the "Maputo City Urban Planning Plan"), for the elaboration of process manuals and procedures, as well as for the introduction of environmental and social safeguards policies.

Throughout the project, activities of consultation, dissemination, and evaluation of the experience with the community were carried out, using focal groups, spoken maps, annual participatory evaluation surveys, and systematization and analysis of indicators, among others. In addition, the partners took responsibility for the overall supervision of the implemented initiatives, with meetings of the Quadripartite Committee and technical missions of Brazil and Italy, twice a year.

Supported by:
On the Brazilian side: Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), Caixa Econômica Federal (CAIXA) and Ministry of Cities
On the Italian side: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Directorate-General for Cooperation for Development)
International Partners: Cities Alliance and World Bank

Implementing Agency:
AVSI Foundation and Municipality of Maputo

Contact Details:
Cities Alliance
Anacláudia Rossbach
Regional Advisor, Latin America and the Caribbean
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:10

Currently, Uganda annually graduates over 30,000 new young people into the labour market, 64% are unemployed—the highest rate of all time. A 2016 Ugandan Youth Survey revealed that 74% of the youth were susceptible to voter bribery due to poverty; 54% said that they had the power to influence changes; and about 48% of youth aspire to own businesses. Youth’s desire to engage in entrepreneurship and policy discourses provides a clear path towards achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Uganda’s National Development Plan of ending poverty and improving the quality of life for Ugandans. However, the youth have limited knowledge and support on how to be fully engaged in shaping the direction of the country.

In 2017, Faraja Africa Foundation designed a special program called the Social Entrepreneurs and Leaders Fellowship (SELF) aimed to address the knowledge gap especially on skills in social entrepreneurship and leadership with university students in Northern and Central Uganda.The SELF is built on a social entrepreneurship curriculum that develops skills on how to start, maintain and expand businesses. At the same time, it provides young people with the skills to meaningfully participate in the political discourse of the country.

The initiative is focused on young people between the age, 18-23 years old and attending a university in Uganda. Hence choosing to solve a problem by having graduates align their knowledge, with skills and engagement; whilst having a clear idea for positive social change with a record of accomplishment that demonstrates the viability of the idea. As well as having a deep-seated passion for solving the problem they are addressing, and being coachable (embraces honest feedback and desires to improve).

The initiative aims to reach three specific objectives; 

  1. Develop and evaluate an integrated entrepreneurship fellowship program (WhatsApp discussions, entrepreneurship program; advocacy; political participation) to increase youth’s quality of life and ability to participate meaningfully in the democratization of Uganda;
  2. Evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of the SELF-program in increasing employment opportunities for youth.
  3. Mobilize knowledge of implementation processes and effectiveness of SELFdelivery approaches.

It also strengthens the role of young leaders in community mobilization, local governance, and sustainable development. Hence, create job creators, community change agents and peer educators that will sustainably drive the development agenda of not only Uganda but also replicate to other young people and African countries.

The methodology implemented is based on three E: Educate (inform and skill), Empower (exposure and opportunity creation for start up with mentorship) and Engage (support community initiatives and connect to the right places/offices for sustainability).

By the end of2017, 90 young people gained social entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to create, attain/retain employment, start sustainable business/community initiatives. Of which, 25 youth were empowered with small grants of $800 to start social enterprises in agriculture and Information Technology. The advocacy campaign amplifies voices of over 9 million young people in demanding for more resource financing into youth development feeding into the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting. The initiative also helped to build the leadership capacities of Members of Parliament from six districts easily and connect with the 90 youth from their respective regions especially in addressing youth issues in employment, opportunities and participation in decision-making. At the end of 2017 an International Youth Camp, which connected the youth leaders to other change makers from East African was organized, thus, driving discussion of social entrepreneurship and collective regional effort in influencing our East African communities.

Partners: The solution is being implemented in partnership with Parliament of Uganda

Budget: $48,820

Contact details:
Emmanuel Wabwire,
Faraja Africa Foundation,
PO Box 7562, Queen Chambers, 
Parliamentary Avenue Kampala, Uganda
Mobile: +256772472724
Office Tel +256 (0) 39 488 4176
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:02

Implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2011, the Voices of Africa Project aims to empower small farmers and family farmers in sustainable socio-environmental technologies developed by agroecology through innovative university extension. The project is based on a cooperation agreement between the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA, Brazil), the Free University of the Great Lakes Countries (ULPGL, Goma, DRC) and the National Institute of Agronomic Studies and Research (INERA, RDC); replicating, in a way, the "Carrancas Project" for family agriculture, financed by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, Brazil) and executed in Brazil by UFLA. The "Carrancas Project" was recognized as a model of economic / social-environmental development by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment.

The DRC government aims to reduce the proportion of the population whose earnings are less than one dollar a day and the proportion of the population starving. In this context, food security has become one of the main challenges of this country characterized by small farms and subsistence farming. The low productivity of these units is based on unsustainable agricultural practices, which often trigger deforestation, desertification, loss of biodiversity, as well as degradation of soils, springs, springs, and groundwater. One of the causes of this situation is the difficult access of the communities to the scientific knowledge generated in universities and research centers. When adjusted to the local demands, this knowledge allows leveraging the agricultural potential naturally present in the country. Moreover, the fact that small producers are not organized in cooperatives often makes it impossible to take advantage of collective benefits, especially the safe storage of products and the potential benefits of economies of scale.

The innovative university extension project "Voices of Africa" works to train Congolese teachers and technicians in sustainable socio-environmental technologies, developed, tested and approved by agroecology. Through the exchange of professionals from both countries, the project proposes the use of simple, viable practices appropriate to the local context, which will result in a better quality of life for the people and also in the preservation of the environment.

Promoting the development of economically viable, ecologically correct, socially just and culturally appropriate agriculture passes, in particular, through the use of native resources, dispensing inputs and products with high costs. The project emphasizes food security through the production of basic and staple foods, along with the generation of employment and a decent income, which will put people on their property, however small they may be, thus discouraging rural exodus and the consequent formation of violent and promiscuous communities around big cities.

Following a participatory approach, the knowledge of agroecology is transmitted to small family farmers and producers, through training workshops held in the communities themselves. Communities that excel in learning are called UEPs (Participatory Experimental Units) and become focal points for the dissemination of acquired knowledge in a growing spiral format.

Implemented as a pilot initiative in Goma (North Kivu province), the "Voices of Africa Project" was also taken to the capital Kinshasa and the province of Maniema. Regarding the results, by the end of 2013, the project had trained 60 Congolese teachers and technicians in agroecology and is estimated to have reached about 3,500 family farmers around Goma, Kinshasa, and Kindu. An agricultural cooperative of small-scale farmers (Cooperativa Agropastoril dos Grandes Lagos) was founded in Butembo (North Kivu province), and three radio stations were set up to broadcast educational programs in the province. In addition, the ULPGL started to develop university extension activities, focusing on agroecology and family farming.

Through university extension activities, the knowledge generated in the academy transcends borders, in a participatory dialogue with the communities, resulting in both the empowerment of the farmers and the consequent improvement of productivity, as well as the training of professionals more engaged with the realities found in the localities. The "Voices of Africa Project" is currently being replicated in Mozambique, in a partnership between UFLA and the Brazilian NGO Fraternidade Sem Fronteiras.

Supported by:
Brazilian Cooperation Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil (ABC / MRE), UFLA and government of the DRC

Implementation agency:
On the Brazilian side: UFLA
On the Congolese side: ULPGL, INERA, University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Ministry of Agriculture and NGO Women's Solidarity

Additional information about the solution:

Contact details:
Federal University of Lavras, Department of Engineering (DEG / UFLA)
Gilmar Tavares
Full Professor Voluntary Extensionist
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Gilmar Tavares

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:10

As one of the most vulnerable nations to climate change, Rwanda is acutely aware of the challenges that lie ahead. For this reason, the country established a groundbreaking investment fund to support green projects that can realize Rwanda’s vision of becoming a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy by 2050. The fund has created over 100,000 jobs and mobilized around US$100 million and is a leading example of climate financing for the achievement of the SDGs.

Landlocked in the heart of Africa, Rwanda looks like a tropical version of Switzerland. Conical mountains shrouded in equatorial jungles helped earn Rwanda the moniker of ‘Le Pays des Mille Collines’ (Land of a Thousand Hills). The country, left in ruins after the genocide in 1994, has rapidly rebuilt. Rwandans have used development aid effectively, and have left the horrific memories of the genocide behind. However, the fertile and flourishing lands of Rwanda are at risk. The growing population – expected to double over the next 20 years – is inevitably putting pressure on the soil, rivers and forests of a mostly rural economy. Adding to that are the threats of climate change. All estimates of the impact of climate change suggest that Africa will be hit the hardest. Climate change is already intensifying droughts and crippling the continent's vulnerable agricultural sector. The reality is that without a sustainable environment, the plans of economic development in Rwanda are at risk of failing. This has encouraged the government to consider a national priority.

Rwanda has set an ambitious – and extremely necessary – a vision to become a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy by 2050.  

To turn this vision into reality, the country established a groundbreaking environment and climate change investment fund. Locally known as Fonerwa, this green fund quickly became the largest of its kind in Africa.   

The fund invests in initiatives that put the environment and climate change at the center of development. Today it supports 35 projects that are helping to restore watersheds, combat erosion, connect off-grid families to clean energy, and much more.  

In 2017, the fund reached an impressive milestone: the creation of more than 100,000 jobs. The flexibility of the fund enables the provision of resources for all kinds and sizes of initiatives, and across all sectors of the society.  

From a community-based system that harvests rainwater running off rooftops to a government-led e-waste management strategy, zero-carbon affordable housing, and a business-led 500 kW hydropower plant along the Gaseke River. 

The fund is open for applications twice a year. A committee assesses all submitted proposals through a rigorous and transparent process. Projects must show their potential to contribute to the sustainable development ambition of the country.        

The fund has mobilized around US$100 million to date. Most of this funding comes from central government revenue streams – including from environmental impact assessment, fines and fees – making the fund less volatile to external aid shocks. 

The international community and the private sector also contributes to the fund’s capitalization.  Rwanda’s green fund is a leading example of the impact that well-managed climate financing can have.  

Malawi is already following Rwanda’s footsteps, and Tanzania and Zambia have also demonstrated interest in establishing green funds in their countries inspired by this successful experience. Rwanda may have just planted the seeds for Africa to grow greener.

Supported by:
UNDP, Global Green Growth Institute, Green Climate Fund, UK DFID, Development Bank of Rwanda, GIZ

Implementing Agency:

Contact details:
Rwanda's Green Fund (FONERWA)
Alex Mulisa
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:58

YouthConnekt sees itself as a convener, both physically and virtually, and as a catalyst of partnerships that seek to unleash the enormous potential in young people of all walks of life. The platform gives Youth a seat at the table. It connects young people to role models, resources, knowledge and skills, internships and employment opportunities, enabling them to participate in shaping a better future for themselves, Rwanda and the World at large.

In an increasingly globalized and digitalized world, young people are often the leading innovators. They therefore need to be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities that their immediate environment offers for self-development and the advancement of their communities. Such opportunities often come disguised as challenges and it takes a positive attitude to transform them.

YouthConnekt is a platform that aims at creating peer-to-peer support amongst the youth and facilitating interactions between the youth and public, private, civil society and international organisations that work to promote youth's civic and socio-economic development.

The overall objective of YouthConnekt is to reduce unemployment among youth and promote active citizenship. It empowers the youth through Job creation, ICT innovations, Skills development, and Citizen Engagement. The YouthConnekt platform enables young women and men aged between 16-30 to connect with leaders, role models, peers, skills and resources to promote employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

YouthConnekt enables youth to participate in shaping a better future for themselves, Rwanda and the World at large.

Goals of YouthConnekt:

  1. 10 million jobs by 2020 in sustainable job environments in emerging industries
  2. 25,000,000 opportunities through training & enrolment in workplaces
  3. Identify, nurture & grow 1 million leaders that provide solutions, participate in advocacy & become role models in their communities
  4. Develop sustainable initiatives & policies that reduce gender parity in education, jobs, technology & leadership
  5. Connect every school in Africa & nurture digital ambassadors to transfer skills to their local communities. Form a Hub of Hubs that connects all incubation hubs across the continent.

UNDP, Ministry of Youth and ICT in Rwanda

UNDP, Ministry of Youth and ICT in Rwanda

Contact Details:
UNDP Rwanda
Njoya Tikum
Regional Anti-Corruption Advisor
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:09

Young people constitute the majority of the world’s population today. In 2015, a global figure of 1.2 billion aged 15-24 accounted for one out of every six people worldwide. By 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals, the number of youth is projected to have grown by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion. This is indeed the largest youth cohort the world has ever seen.

However, the majority of young people living in developing countries struggle to attain basic needs in terms of education and training, gainful employment and sustainable livelihoods, health care services, as well as civil liberties and political participation. Without access to these basic needs, young people have no means to grow, establish families, support their offspring and fully contribute to society.

These social, economic and political needs are fundamental for improving young people’s lives, eradicating poverty and hunger and promoting well-being and more inclusive peaceful societies. The World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) clearly highlights the importance of these social issues as fundamental pillars for sound and effective youth social development. These social development issues have been repeatedly recognized and acknowledged by governments, as well as by young people and youth-led organizations, as important challenges facing the younger generations today. Therefore, peace, security and sustainable development can only be achieved by tackling the social, economic and political issues affecting young people in a holistic and integrated manner.

In 2016, Audacious Dreams Foundation (ADF), a social organization in India, came up with a new programme aimed to inspire, inform, engage, enable and empower youth for global understanding and sustainable development through volunteerism.

VIP (Volunteer-Innovate-Participate) is a programme to promote youth volunteerism for nation building and sustainable development by empowering themselves and community around through doing social innovations/contributions. The VIP promotes participatory learning through volunteerism and makes the young people from the local community to participate in the skills development (self) and community development (to others) by undertaking structured volunteer programme for up to 500 hours per year.

Objectives of the Project

  • Mainstreaming youth to involve in Post 2015 Development Agenda and to engage contribute for the success of sustainable development goals
  • Providing youth an opportunity to participate in the nation building process
  • To learn the skills including functional, life skills and vocational skills
  • To initiate and participate in service learning projects
  • Providing working space for youth to frame, exhibit their skills and mentoring them with various leadership coach
  • To provide organized, structured platform for women and girls to empower themselves and community by initiative volunteer services
  • Mainstreaming Professional Youth Work

The youth participants contribute for volunteer/social innovation for nation build according to their interest and opportunities through:

  1. Self-Empowerment (with choice of any service or skill building activity to improve them (50%)
  2. Community Empowerment (with choice any volunteering activity which benefits the society (50%).

The participants take diversified project according to the needs of the community including but not limited to:

  • Empowering young people and adolescent girls through life skills
  • Mainstreaming youth in local governance
  • Education on civic citizenship and participatory youth governance
  • Sports for Development
  • Promoting gender equality and adolescent health
  • Advocacy
  • Social enterprise
  • Skill building
  • Ensuring quality education and teaching in marginalized communities
  • Rural youth development
  • Forming and Strengthening women self-help groups in rural and marginalized areas
  • Volunteering in development organizations
  • Strengthening institutional youth agencies (student and academic councils)
  • discipline committee, campus coordination etc

Achievements: Currently the program has benefited and empowered over 400 youth from India with leadership, interpersonal and project management skills.

Partners: The project is being implemented in collaboration with Indian Educational institutions and community leaders.

Budget: 25,000 USD to support 1000 volunteers to participate in one year programme

Contact details:
Audacious Dreams Foundation
45,Karupuleeswarar nagar,
Goodanagaram Road, Gudiyattam 632602
Vellore Dt, Tamilnadu India
Phone:+91 8883449369
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:42

An average of 750,000 cases of child deaths caused by pneumonia are reported every year in Africa. Many of those deaths caused by misdiagnosis, especially in the villages and remote areas, children get sick – and the first reaction is to treat them for malaria. Most people are aware of malaria, and the signs for malaria and pneumonia are very similar, so it is difficult for health professionals to differentiate.

In 2016, Brian Turyabagye, a co-founder of  Mamaope Medicals,  designed a biomedical smart jacket that would distinguish pneumonia’s symptoms – temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs – and eliminate most human error, diagnosing pneumonia in children aged under 5 years at a rate three to four times faster than a doctor.  He named it “Mamaope”, or “mother’s hope” – a reference to the 27,000 children who die of pneumonia in Uganda every year.

The MamaOpe Jacket works in a simple way. Once a child patient puts it on, a health worker activates a controller unit. After the start button is clicked, the jacket tracks the vital signs of Pneumonia and displays the results after 3 minutes. This low-cost solution it makes the process of diagnosis way faster than the conventional ways currently in use, such as that require a stethoscope may require five or more minutes. 

The benefits of the medical smart jacket are to prevent recurring cases of pneumonia misdiagnosis. Since November 2017, the jacket has been tested in Uganda. So far, Mamaope is being rollout to some of the major hospitals in Uganda and it’s expected to benefit over 50,000 citizens annually who has been victims of Pneumonia.

The team built test jackets and these are currently being approved for market. Mamaope Medicals also intends to develop the solution further in order to make possible a long distance monitoring of patients by their doctors.

The solution was voted the winner for Pitch@Palace Africa 2017 and ranked by CNN among the 12 African innovations that will change the world.

Partners: The project has been single handedly funded by Resilient African Network(RAN) but any additional support from the well wiser for scale out would highly be appreciated.

Budget: USD 100,000 use for marketing and production.

Contact details:
Mr. Brian Turyabagye Co-Founder, Mamaope Medicals
Phone: +256764555236
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Monday, 19 February 2018 17:20

In response to the high unemployment rate and poverty level among the youth in Uganda the Government of Uganda launched the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP). YLP is a Rolling Programme, that started in 2013, ending in 2018 targeting poor and unemployed youth (18-30 years) to harness their social-economic potential and increase self-employment opportunities and income levels.

The Programme is being implemented under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in collaboration with Local Governments and covers all the present 122 districts (including Kampala City) and 41 Municipalities. The design and implementation of the Programme is based on the Community Demand-driven Development (CDD) model. The youth receive the support in form of Revolving Funds advanced through Youth Interest Groups (YIGs).

The program is structured and mainstreamed at the national and Local Government levels where the Local Governments are responsible for mobilization & sensitization, beneficiary selection, facilitate projects preparation, appraisal and approval of projects, monitoring and supervision.

The Ministry provides the technical guidelines, support capacity building, financing, and overall coordination. And the support is provided by Youth Interest Groups (YIGs) of 10-15 persons in form of Revolving Funds (Soft Loans-with youth friendly terms).

The target groups include the following vulnerable categories of youth: Drop-outs from schools and training institutions, Youth living in slums, city streets, high risk and impoverished communities, Youth who have not had the opportunity to attend formal education, Single parent-youth, Youth with disability, Youth Living with HIV/AIDS and Youth who have completed secondary school or tertiary institutions (including University) but remain unemployed.

Under YLP, majority of the beneficiaries are school dropouts (34.6%), followed by those who have only completed primary education (19.6%). 2.8% of the beneficiaries are youths with disabilities.

The Program consists of the following components:

  • Youth Empowerment: The greater involvement of the Youth in mobilization, sensitization, prioritization, and planning for their needs, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of Programme activities has created a sense of empowerment and confidence to take charge of their destiny. The skills provided through the basic training in financial management, entrepreneurship, business development, group dynamics and life skills, further strengthen the empowerment of the youth involved in the Programme.
  • Youth Economic Engagement: the supported youth are engaged in self-employment through vocational trades and income generating activities financed under YLP.
  • Financial Inclusion: All the youth supported under the Programme, receive the funds through the Commercial Banks. A number of these youth groups had never had any dealings with the Banks before, but are now holding savings accounts in the Commercial Banks. This is a great achievement in the promotion of financial inclusion among the vulnerable youth.
  • Support to Local Economic Development: The YIGs procure products and services locally and thereby support the community like the supply of agricultural inputs, trainers for skills enhancement projects hence increase to local entrepreneurs who deal with the YIGs.
  • Increase in Income Levels for the Youth: A number of the funded youth projects have been productive enabling the youth to earn commensurate income and this has enabled some YIGs to make 100% repayment. The process evaluation report rated 51% of YIG enterprises as successful, 46% struggling, and 3% failed/disbanded.
  • Increased Acquisition of Skills: A number of youths have acquired employable skills under apprenticeship training provided by local experts. This has resulted into a multiplier effect and self-reliance of projects. For instance, a number of youths have opened their own training centers to train community members and other youth at manageable fees and flexible training time.
  • Financial Inclusion: Under the programme, YIGs access project funds through commercial banks. Consequently, 13,107 YIGs bank accounts have been opened and operated. Additionally, beneficiaries have also opened accounts in Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCO) and are engaged in Village Level Savings Associations (VLSA).

Achievements: The total amount repaid as at January 12, 2018, was UShs. 15.249 Billion, [representing 67 % of the UShs. 22.903 Billion that is due to-date]. 112 groups have to date fully paid up (100% Repayment).

The Programme in December 2017 commenced the process of revolving the funds recovered to various Districts and Municipal Councils. To date, 703 projects worth USHs. 6.269 Billion have been funded under the revolving funds. This is benefiting 8,112 youth.

Partners: local governments and municipalities.

Budget: It is financed initially from Government own resources (with a possibility of development partners’ support in the future). The programme has received a cumulative release of USh. 132,423,537,300 ( of the initial 265 Billion.

Contact details:
Ms Dianah Naturinda Makobore, Program Manager
Phone: +256782240088
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The mechanism documents the study and exchange of experiences between Mauritania and Burkina Faso on the management of the National Volunteer Program to draw on Burkina's experience on its implementation and its institutional anchoring in order to implement in place of a National Volunteer Program of Mauritania (PNVM).

In contexts where a large portion of the population is under 20 years of age and limited access to formal employment, as is the case in Burkina Faso and Mauritania, it is important to create opportunities to capitalize on this resource. underutilized human. The volunteer program (PNVB) has the potential to develop human resources, contribute to youth employment and be consistent with the fight against unemployment and poverty.

The aim is to engage qualified young volunteers, enabling them to contribute to the development of the nation as well as to gain experience that would increase their job chances.

The Public Interest Group - National Volunteer Program in Burkina Faso was set up in 2006 with the mission to promote, promote and develop all forms of voluntary engagement According to the United Nations Volunteer Program (UNVP) ), since its creation, the Burkina Faso National Volunteer Program has recruited 25,000 volunteers and contributed to the formulation of the 2008 Volunteer Law, and intervenes in the thirteen regions of Burkina Faso through Regional Volunteer Centers ( CRVs) hosted by civil society organizations. This experience inspired Mauritania to undertake a similar program.

A Mauritanian delegation arrived in Burkina Faso in 2014 to inquire about Burkina Faso's experience in creating and managing a national volunteer program. The delegation had discussions with a number of stakeholders including officials and technical partners of GIP-PNVB (UNV, France Volunteers, etc.). She also visited the authorities of the Ministry in charge of youth of Burkina Faso (ministry of technical supervision). The delegation, with the support of the GIP-PNVB, visited two Regional Volunteer Centers (CRV): the CRV Center West Koudougou, and the North based in Yako. A visit of the reception structure and national volunteers on mission closed the visits.

The National Volunteer Program in Mauritania was launched in January 2014. The study visit to Burkina Faso made it possible to better understand the functioning of the structures created, to appropriate the tools developed and to draw lessons from the difficulties encountered in order to strengthen the program.

Provider country: Burkino Faso

Supported by: PNUD

Implementing agency: 
National Volunteer Program of Mauritania

Contact person:
Burkina Faso
Naomi Falkenburg
UN Volunteer Program Officer
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