The Decent Work and Labor Rights Program in East Africa-Phase II, also Known as the Jipe Job Poa, is a Youth Economic and Empowerment project implemented in a partnership between Youth Alive! Kenya and the Forum for International Co-operation (FIC).
The program aimed to increase knowledge and skills of young people on entrepreneurship and formal job opportunities in Kenya (Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu) and Tanzania (Dar es Salaam). This objective was achieved through a partnership with Faglit Internationalit Center for Uddannelse (FIC) and other strategic stakeholders in the labor market with a common interest of improving Youth Access to Labor Market.
- The program supports and mobilizes young people and youth networks (Kisumu County Working Group, FIC/YAK) in giving input to the review of the Kisumu County Draft Youth policy 2015 and the National Youth Policy 2010 since implementation in Kisumu ‘County since 2017
- The program empowered young people to attend and publicly participate in the development of Kisumu County CIDP 2018-20122 and Annual Development Plan FY 2018/19.
- YAK has involved the member organizations in 12 counties in decision making processes as they participate in the implementation of the organization’s program and have also been equipped with Skills on Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning. They participated in the review of YAK Strategic plan 2015-2019 that puts them at the centre of every decision making in the organization.
- Among trained groups of Trainer of Trainers (TOTs) in supporting the labor market, and business skills and entrepreneurship training in the county with 554 youth (424F, 131M) 41 of the youth are currently employed.
- Among 228 youth (199F, 29M) trained on business skills and entrepreneurship, 10 are active business owners, and 48 linked with the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) and Women Enterprise Development Fund (WEDF) to access credit and financial support for their businesses.