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Youth empowerment through community development

Project timeframe: 
2010 to 2013
Source of Funding: 
World Bank

Youth empowerment through community development (YECD) implemented during 2010-2013, was a project that aimed to promote vulnerable youth to be socially included through effective education, formation and employment services that enable them to find a job or initiate a business, contributing also to sustainable development of the local community. The YECD project was funded by the Japanese Government through the World Bank, and implemented in for Tirana and Durres Municipalities. The involvement of local government in addressing issues related to the economic empowerment of young people was "unknown" in Albania. The YECD project tested the "added value" that local government (municipalities of Tirana and Durres) could bring to the empowerment of youth by building models of trainings support, grants to start a small business and involvement in decision making for the development of local assets of their interest and access.    

The Youth Project showed that economic empowerment of youth, is a matter of public policy with special attention in the local plan. Being closer to the communities, the local government has the possibility of identification and a better targeting of disadvantaged groups. Involvement of Tirana Municipality in the youth project, has built an experience that serves to strengthen local government capacity and has increased the demand for services provided by local government. The YECD project is used by local governments involved as the starting point for empowering institutional and policy framework at the local level, regarding youth empowerment.  

For three years many young people were informed about the project and the opportunities offered to them. 820 young people applied for project services and 460 of them became beneficiaries (with a rate 1 beneficiary in every two applicants).  At project completion, 32 percent of youth beneficiaries (or 3 in every 10 beneficiaries), were either employed or self-employed. If we measure the level of employment solely among beneficiaries who have received only services that affects directly their employment (such as vocational training and support with livelihood grants to start a small business), the employment rate rises to 43 percent (4 in every 10 beneficiaries). The project used the participation model for the designing of community development projects. 373 young people from Tirana and Durresi municipalities were engaged in the articulation of the youth needs and the designing of 22 community projects ideas. At the end of the project, 12 sports centers and recreational facilities with playground areas for children, one library and a community center, are constructed/re-constructed with community development funds and serve to about 41,500 children and youth in Tirana and Durres.

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