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Flagship Programs


The Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy has selected three sectors with high potential for youth inclusion for the initial flagship programs: agriculture, industrialization, and ICT. The Flagship Programs follow a unique approach in order to facilitate the design and implementation of individual projects. These flagships are based on best practices and provide results-oriented, cost-efficient models to scale up what has proven to work best. The program models outline the rationale, project components, and intended outcomes of each Flagship Program, providing a clear guide for design and implementation of projects.

  • Rural Microenterprise Flagship Program Model: This program provides youth with capital, skills training and mentorship to support them with launching agriculture-based micro enterprises. Currently, the program is implemented in Malawi and Nigeria and has a total investment of US $54 million.
  • The ENABLE Youth (Empowering Novel Agri-Business Led Employment) program helps young African men and women to incubate and scale-up their agri-business. In addition, ENABLE Youth supports youth in accessing financing to grow their enterprises. Currently, this program is implemented in 12 countries for a total amount of US$ 374 million, and is expected to directly benefit some 22,000 youth. 
  • Agro-industrialization Pipeline Flagship Program Model: This program develops a pipeline of skilled labor for agro-industrial companies.
  • Skills Enhancement Zone Flagship Program Model: This program develops a skilled workforce aligned to employer needs by creating demand-led training and job placement programs within industrial clusters.
  • The Rockefeller Trust Fund enhances the digital and ICT skills of youth through these two main programs.
    • Computational Thinking Flagship Program: This program introduces digital literacy, logical thinking, and complex problem-solving curricula in secondary schools.
    • Coding for Employment Flagship Program: This program develops premier coding academies and matches graduates directly with ICT employers.
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