6.3.3 Especially for Lower Income Groups, Use Integrated, Holistic and Systemic Approaches

Rural young people often face multiple barriers to employment, including low skill levels and self-confidence, weak social networks and discrimination, little access to capital, physical isolation and low mobility, weak economic opportunities, etc. One solution is rarely sufficient to address multiple needs. Particularly for disadvantaged or extremely poor populations, access to multiple services makes opportunities more accessible and transformation more likely. In addition, a “package” of services delivered through one, accessible channel lowers costs, risk, and time required to learn about, obtain, and take advantage of multiple services. Often, developing and delivering a package requires leveraging multiple organizations, institutions and markets, strengthening existing institutions and systems, rather than establishing new and often short-lived organizations. Many organizations learn about the limitations of their core services or model and add on services or become more systemic over time. However, organizations can shorten their learning curve and speed up results by designing programs to deliver more integrated, holistic and systemic solutions from the start.