Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescent Girls


The Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) programme started in 2008 and is already making a difference in the lives of vulnerable Ugandan teenage girls and young women. Organised into 690 clubs for 13 to 22 year olds, the programme provides a safe place for them to socialise and take part in group activities as well as a forum for life-skills training. Many of the older members who are out of school have taken training in income-generating skills. Near the end of 2009, some began receiving microfinance loans and have launched their own businesses.

Yes Youth Can

Mercy Corps

Yes Youth Can!, funded by USAID, endeavours to empower Kenya’s youth in new and meaningful ways. As youth-led, youth-owned, and youth-managed, Yes Youth Can! is an unprecedented project that puts youth truly in the lead of their own development. The program provides resources for the economic development of Kenya’s youth and communities such as: Jobs, Community Service, Responsible Leadership, Investments, and Partnerships. Yes Youth Can!


Swiss Contact

The MasterCard Foundation and Swisscontact, a Swiss-based NGO, today announced a five-year, $5.6 million partnership that will introduce and expand Swisscontact’s signature Learning Group model in Uganda and Tanzania (U-LEARN project). The Learning Group Model is a proven, market-based non-formal training model that provides skills and entrepreneurial training to youth in subsistence agriculture economies with little formal education, and enables them to access jobs or start a business.

Youth Save

MasterCard Foundation, Save the Children, New America Foundation, Center for Social Development, CGAP, Banco Caja Social, HFC, Postbank Kenya, Bank of Kathmandu

YouthSave is a consortium project led by Save the Children in partnership with the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis (CSD), the New America Foundation (NAF), CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), and supported by The MasterCard Foundation. The YouthSave Consortium and its local partners - financial institutions and researchers - are committed to developing, delivering, and testing savings products accessible to low-income youth in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal.

Dalit Empowerment Centre (DSK)

Navsarjan Trus

Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK), a joint initiative of Navsarjan and Janvikas, is located in Village Nani Devti, about 30 kilometers from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was founded in July 1999, and was given its current name in 2003.  Several thousands of students have now completed courses at DSK.

El Salvador Access to Employment (ESEN) aka Joven360

Carana Corp

This project will bridge the gap between the country's labor supply and private sector demand. Through partnerships with public agencies, private businesses and organizations, the project will create alliances with key employers, training institutions, pivotal public agencies and NGOs to improve occupational training programs, establish consumer/employer-based employment information system and career counseling initiatives. Likely industries include aeronautics, energy, construction, software development, logistics, tourism and ICT.

Youth Economic Opportunities Online Portal

Making Cents International

The Youth Economic Opportunities learning platform is the first community of practice and knowledge exchange portal developed by and for the youth economic opportunities sector. The online portal offers an open and innovative environment for collaborative and dynamic learning and knowledge sharing around the following technical areas and cross-cutting themes: Workforce Development, Financial Services, Enterprise Development, Gender, and Evaluation & Assessment. We are dedicated to: Connecting and sharing knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned; Exchanging the latest resources, jobs, and funding opportunities; and Impacting the world’s 1.8 billion young people.