Voc. Training & Workforce Dev.

Jan 26, 2020
In Ghana, the construction industry is booming, growing at an average eight percent per annum due to a growing economy, infrastructural development, rapid urbanization and a rising middle class. The growth of the sector has resulted in an unmet demand for skilled labor. While youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years make up 42 percent of the country’s population, the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 3 reports that they face high unemployment rates of approximately 23 percent in Accra and 16 percent in other urban areas. The construction sector not only offers significant potential for creating economic opportunities for youth but it also provides more training opportunities than any... Read more
Jan 26, 2020
Ghana’s booming construction sector has been a key driver of the country’s impressive economic growth rate over the past decades, and is a major employer given its labor-intensive nature. While the sector’s growth is a source of new jobs, it faces a significant skills gap with the shortfall of artisans estimated to be in the tens or even hundreds of thousands. The Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE, Twi for “progress”) activity was designed to assist disadvantaged young people to capitalize on this need by offering training in the technical, soft and entrepreneurship skills that lead to employment in construction.   While the sector offers... Read more
Nov 12, 2019
According to the World Bank, Ghana’s youth population increased from 1.1 million in 1960 to 4.6 million in 2010. A major concern of successive governments in recent years has been to create adequate, decent and sustainable jobs for the growing youth population. Relative improvements in the country’s GDP, which has averaged six percent growth within the last decade, have not translated into opportunities for the growing youth population. This has created a yawning gap in unemployment, though estimates of the numbers vary. The World Bank for instance estimates that of those unemployed, 65% are between 15 and 24 years while the most recent Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 6... Read more
Oct 17, 2019
Empowering Young People through Up to Youth Launched in April 2019, Global Communities is implementing a five-year Up to Youth Activity in Kosovo, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), committed to improving the capacities and enabling the aspirations of youth so that they can contribute to and benefit from more stable, democratic, and prosperous communities. The Activity works with the youth in nine municipalities to help them become a source of change for their own and for their communities’ positive development; and encourage youth participation in development efforts leading towards an effective democratic society, and strengthened economies. Despite being one of the poorest countries in Europe, with the support of USAID and other donors, Kosovo is... Read more
Oct 16, 2019
USAID SCORE recently facilitated a group networking session and a workshop for 26 youth from Moneragala selected with the support of the National Youth Services Council based on their interest and capacity and has remained engaged with SCORE in promoting social cohesion and reconciliation on social media. The workshop was a follow-up to previous trainings provided for the youth in April and July of this year, and since the second training, the group has created a Facebook page titled ‘SCORE Monaragala’  with 200 followers from Monaragala alone. The group also created more than 10 videos related to SCORE activities. The activity in Colombo, held on October 5 and 6, aimed to  bring the youth out of their hometowns and create cohesive linkages between them  and Colombo-based social... Read more
Apr 30, 2019
Gloria Anang is a 28-year-old resident of Accra and owner of Gloo Gallery. She graduated from YIEDIE, a Global Communities that creates economic opportunities in Ghana's construction sector for economically disadvantaged youth. Soon after she went on to start a successful business in interior decorating. Her store can be found in Teshie, a coastal town in the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal District. The journey to achieving her dream of being a storeowner and self-sufficient entrepreneur was not an easy one. Gloria is the youngest of five girls, and throughout her childhood, both her mother and father worked day and night to sustain the household and ensure that all the essential necessities were available. But her father died when she was in primary school, leaving her mother as the sole... Read more
Apr 24, 2019
The children of Kamyanomostivska consolidated community (CC), Mykolayivska Oblast, a city near the Black Sea in southern Ukraine, can now learn about science and conduct specialized experiments in a scientific laboratory that opened recently at their school. The project became a reality within the framework of community-based cooperation with the USAID DOBRE Program[1] (Decentralization Offering Better Results and Efficiency), implemented by Global Communities. DOBRE aims to strengthen local self-governance and create better conditions for communities, increase the level of citizen involvement in decision-making, and ensure accountability and transparency in public administration. The new, state-of-the-art research laboratory in Kamyanomostivska CC will help students feel like true... Read more
Apr 16, 2019
In Rwanda, HIV prevalence is highest among youth aged 20-24. It is against this background that the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored and Safe) program was launched in five districts to address structural drivers of HIV among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), which includes poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education. In 2018, the USAID Twiyubake program, which assists 50,000 households in 12 districts of Rwanda and is implemented by Global Communities, expanded to also provide DREAMS program activities. In order to achieve success through DREAMS, young women and adolescents at times must transcend incredible life difficulties and embrace the program’s offerings, which support participants throughout months of... Read more
Apr 01, 2019
By Asmaa Uqba, Reporting & Communications Officer, Global Communities Yemen During my visits to the Vocational Training institute, I encountered some trainees that caught my attention. These young people came from different villages in the Lahj governorate, which is located in the southern part of Yemen. Global Communities, through the USAID-funded Continued Recovery, Emergency Assistance, and Training Engagement in Yemen (CREATE) program, provided a chance for those trainees to learn, evolve, become empowered and challenge themselves to enter the work force with refined skills that will improve their livelihoods. Salama Saleh, is a young woman, engaged to be married soon. She was raised among three sisters and four brothers in an open-minded family. Salama is very... Read more
Nov 20, 2018
Global Communities YIEDIE Graduate Makes BBC 100 Women of 2018 List BBC 100 Women has announced its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018. Global Communities is proud to announce that one of the participants of our YIEDIE program in Ghana, Ruth Medufia, has made the list. Ruth, number 58 on the list, is a 27-year-old female welder who lives in an urban slum community in Ghana and aspires to be a role model for young women in the construction industry. Ruth learned skills through the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative For Employment (YIEDIE), which is working to create economic opportunities in Ghana’s construction sector for disadvantaged youth and is... Read more
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