Youth and Women Economic Empowerment Project

The Project aims to contribute towards the reduction of unemployment, among the youth and women, through the creation of employment opportunities in a number of areas, including agribusiness value chains and artisanal mining. The direct beneficiaries of the Project are the 5,000 women and youth targeted in five of the 59 districts of the country and and the indirect beneficiaries shall include the 650,000 people living in the five districts.

The Project is funded by the African Development Bank and falls within the scope of the Cooperation Agreement entered into between the AfDB and the ILO in 2003 and in particular, is consistent with Article VI on partnerships:

"Article VI - Selection of the ILO as an Executing or Implementing Agency. The ILO is uniquely qualified to provide technical assistance, advice and training in many areas of expertise relating to its four strategic
objectives which are to:
  • promote and realize standards and fundamental principles and rights at work;
  • create greater opportunities for women and men to secure decent employment and income;
  • enhance the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all and
  • strengthen social dialogue.
The ILO may therefore be engaged to implement ADF financed loan and grant activities in these areas through a single source selection
procedure, when this is in the mutual interest of the parties concerned.”

The project is well aligned to the overall objectives of the Zimbabwe Decent Work Country Programme and will contributes to the achievement of Outcome 1.2 which seek to create decent employment opportunities for improved livelihoods and alleviation of poverty. The Project will also specifically contribute to the achievement of milestone 4 of the Country Programme Outcome ZWE103 (CPO) on
“SMEs and cooperatives supported to access finance and business development services to facilitate their access to markets”.

The project is further aligned to Outcome 4 of the ILO Programme and Budget and will contribute towards achievement of indicator 4.3 which state that
“Member States in which public and private intermediaries have designed and implemented scalable entrepreneurship programmes aimed at income and employment creation with a focus on young people and women”
It will contribute towards promotion of international labour standards as agreed in the Conclusions concerning the promotion of sustainable enterprises adopted by the International Labour Conference in 2007 as this is an integral part of all enterprise development initiatives.