Sub-Saharan Africa

Since IYF’s founding in 1990, we’ve helped more than two million Sub-Saharan African youth turn their talent and enthusiasm into jobs and careers. To enable young men and women to enter growth sectors such as service industries, agriculture, and construction, we focus on understanding private sector employer needs. Having identified life skills as a critical need, our initiatives include our Passport to Success® curriculum. For example, through a key partnership, Hilton Worldwide is integrating PTS into training at all its Africa and Indian Ocean properties. So that these positive changes are sustainable, we build the capacity of youth-serving organizations and government agencies. Understanding the value of self-employment for the region’s youth, we also provide entrepreneurship training through Build Your Business. Across Sub-Saharan Africa, change-makers are gaining support for their social ventures through YouthActionNet®.

Cameroon

2

Initiatives

As part of our global partnership with Hilton Worldwide, we’re helping equip young people here with the confidence, time management, and team spirit to excel in the hospitality sector.

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Côte d'Ivoire

1

Initiative

In Côte d’Ivoire, we’ve addressed one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most pressing needs: helping young people create their own opportunities through entrepreneurship. 

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Democratic Republic of Congo

1

Initiative

We’ve conducted on-the-ground research in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that’s informing innovative positive youth development there.

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Ghana

6

Initiatives

Deeply invested in understanding how to most effectively connect young people with jobs and livelihoods, we’ve focused on research in Ghana.

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Kenya

9

Initiatives

Active in Kenya for nearly a decade, we’ve been connecting youth here with the tools and resources to be healthy and productive.

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Liberia

4

Initiatives

Understanding the power of self-employment for young people, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, we’re equipping young people in Liberia with the knowledge and training to create small and micro-enterprises. 

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Mozambique

6

Initiatives

IYF continually stresses the importance of life skills in positive youth development, and they form the basis of our work in Mozambique. 

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Nigeria

8

Initiatives

To prepare Nigeria’s young people to join and succeed in the workforce, we’ve spent years equipping youth here with life skills, employability, and entrepreneurship training.

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Senegal

9

Initiatives

We’ve been actively advancing young people’s well-being in Senegal since 2007.

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South Africa

9

Initiatives

With more than 15 years experience working in South Africa, we collaborate with government, industry and civil society here to strengthen training systems that prepare youth for the world of work.  

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Tanzania

12

Initiatives

Our work in Tanzania has spanned themes and sectors since we started there in 2000, but our commitment has remained the same: we’re supporting youth educational, economic, and social inclusion and empowerment. 

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Uganda

5

Initiatives

Uganda has served as a hub for IYF activity in East Africa. 

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Zambia

3

Initiatives

Through events, research, and initiatives, we’ve improved the global understanding of how to innovate to tackle the challenges faced by Zambian youth and the organizations that serve them. 

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Zimbabwe

5

Initiatives

Our work in Zimbabwe reflects what we do best: life skills training, workforce preparation, entrepreneurship development, and local capacity building.

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