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Ajira Poa ! Job creation and skills development for youth in Kenya


Dan Church Aid (DCA)

Titre : Ajira Poa ! Job creation and skills development for youth in Kenya

Région / Pays : Kenya

Durée : January 2021 – December 2023

Kenya’s youth aged 15 – 35 years constitute about 35% of the total population of 49.7 million. However, youth unemployment which stands at 42 percent remains the biggest challenge. With between 500,000 to 800,000 Kenyan youth entering the job market each year, the economy has not been able to provide the necessary employment opportunities both in formal and informal sectors.

There are a few missing ingredients that DCA feels are essential to have a more meaningful impact on the lives of youth. These elements include career counselling, coaching, mentorship, and – perhaps most significant – encouragement and inspiration.

The Ajira Poa ! project is an innovative blend of stimulation of demand (jobs), enrichment of supply (skills), and a foundation of guidance from a range of public and private sector partners to help young Kenyans navigate the world of work and guide them toward a path that makes sense for their own personal journey.

DCA working in consortium with QUERCUS group, ADS-North Rift, Growth Africa, and College of Career Guidance and Development (CCGD) is implementing a job creation and skills development project for youth, in Nakuru, Nyandarua, and West Pokot counties. DCA is working with Fabo to adapt and roll out an eLearning site, chatbot and an eMentorship platform.

The intervention areas include :
* Soft skills development – training the youth on how to navigate the economic/employment environment by first identifying oneself, relationships with others, and achievement of both personal and organisational goals. Under this package, the project is training youth on various skills including digital literacy, career guidance, life skills, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
* Technical and Vocational Training – the project is linking the youth with the existing vocational and technical education institutions to gain employable skills.
* Internship, apprenticeship, and job placements – the project is linking youth with employers in both formal and informal spaces.
* Enterprise development – the project is training youth on business skills and supporting them through business incubation, market activation, and financial linkages to assist start-ups to grow into sustainable business enterprises.

Partenaire(s)  : North Rift Region – ADS KENYA CCGD | register ( GrowthAfrica – Accelerates high potential entrepreneurs in Africa Quercus Group | Sustainability, Collaboration & Innovation (

Financement : Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
Budget : 9,840,000 DKK

Présentation : Dan Church Aid (DCA)

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