EVALUATION REPORT FOR THE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT IN ZIMBABWE

Publication Date: 15/12/2016

This study is a final evaluation for the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), a three year project implemented by CARE International in Zimbabwe (CARE), in partnership with various implementing partners in 11 districts of Masvingo, Manicaland, Matabeleland South and Harare provinces. The implementing partners in the project were Caritas Masvingo and the Diocese of Mutare Community Care Programme (DOMCCP). Empretec was identified as the technical partner, while VIRL Rural and Social Services and CBZ Bank Limited were the financial partners. Other partners included Simukai Outreach Chipinge Children's Hope in Chipinge, United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (UCCZ) in Chipinge and Family AIDS Caring Trust (FACT) in Chiredzi, who are vocational training institutions roped in to conduct Internal Savings and Lending (ISALs) training. Government Ministries, which include the Ministry of Youths, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (MYIEE), the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development (Ministry of SMEs), and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development were also involved in the project. The project was aimed at ensuring that there is increased economic and social participation of male and female youths in Zimbabwe. It focused on the development of youth skills, including technical, business management and interpersonal skills and also facilitated community dialogues to ensure that families and communities support youths to participate in economic activities. The project also focused on creating sustainable relationships between youths and formal financial institutions, through the participation of two financial institutions: VIRL Rural and Social Services and CBZ Bank Limited. [107 pages]

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