What Works in rural youth employment promotion?

What is it?

Experts from GIZ shared the learnings from their latest report, “What Works in rural youth employment promotion?” and highlight the need for an ‘integrated’ approach for rural youth employment promotion‒ with program activities on both the supply side and the demand side of the labor market. To answer the question of “What works in RYEP?”, the authors conducted a cross-cutting analysis of 11 GIZ programmes that explicitly or implicitly focus on rural youth employment promotion. It identified 18 success factors for rural youth employment promotion, structured around programme context, programme design, processes
and partners and people. While some of these success factors are specific to rural youth, others are relevant for employment promotion more generally.


A comparative analysis across the 11 programmes shows that four success factors stand out because they are applied in nearly all programmes. It recommends that programmes in RYEP consider at least the following four factors in their programme design and implementation.

  • Identify suitable business models and collaborate with the private sector.
  • Adapt to local realities and employment needs while mobilising youth
    as key actors of development.
  • Increase the attractiveness of agriculture among rural youth.
  • Implement activities through local structures.

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