Oxfam in Ethiopia and EDC Work Together to Empower Youth in
Oromia and Somali Regions of Ethiopia
EDC and Oxfam Ethiopia’s Empower Youth for Work (EYW), a project funded by IKEA Foundation, signed a MOU to work together on empowering youth in rural and semi-urban areas of Ethiopia, specifically Arsi and West Arsi Zones of Oromia and Sitti and Faafen Zones of the Somali regions. The Oxfam project aims to reach 60,000 youth, 70% of whom will be young women and girls. Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization (RCWDO) and Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee (HAVOYOCO) are implementing partners for Oromia and Somali regions respectively.
EDC will provide entrepreneurship training to startups and existing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises whose business require such professional assistance under the Oxfam project framework. In addition, EDC will provide project trainers/experts with Business Development Service (BDS) trainings and mentorship in order to build their capacity to provide business management support to the entrepreneurs. The combination of training and BDS will support project goals, strategies and priorities for achieving accelerated inclusive growth for broad-based and sustainable local economic development in the regions selected. In addition, the project will contribute to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector development, increase job opportunities, expand community participation in business activities, improve priority sector value chains and a strengthen the business environment conducive to broadening the regions’ economic base.
In addition to the training and BDS services, EDC and Oxfam will establish a long term partnership in order to jointly address the policy implications when it comes to creating a more enabling environment for rural and urban enterprises, specifically in the areas of access to finance, BDS, access to markets and enterprise capacity building. The partnership will also support innovative and impactful enterprises to help them scale their businesses beyond their existing status