As populations grow, many African countries face the challenge of reducing youth unemployment, accelerating the school-to-work transition, and improving the quality of jobs. In Uganda, for example, 68 percent of the population is aged 24 years or younger, 64 percent of the unemployed are youths, and 54 percent of youths are in “transition”. It is against this backdrop that the GIZ implemented the E4D/SOGA program to promote youth employment. The E4D program closely co-operates with private sector partners to sustainably improve employment outcomes. RWI evaluates three interventions of the E4D/SOGA program in Uganda and Kenya in a rigorous impact evaluation. The three interventions include technical and soft skills trainings to reduce the so called “skills gap” on the one hand and link participants to the labor market through subsequent internship placements on the other hand. The evaluation of similar interventions in two countries allows to build a comprehensive picture of the impact of the interventions, the generalizability of the results, and future challenges. This is achieved through the application of rigorous quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.
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