The project covers the rural areas of targeted districts which were selected on the basis of their overall poverty incidence, poor access to relevant technical vocational educational services, literacy etc. All 3 districts also suffered the worst monsoon-related floods in history in 2010. 45% of employment is in agriculture but exploitative arrangements of farming mean a high reliance on casual wage labour. Of the non-agricultural employed labour force 74% work in the informal sector. The Project targets 13,694 youth (of whom 70% will be female and 100 people living with disabilities) who will benefit from free technical and vocational trainings to support them in gaining marketable skills in order to access more sustainable livelihoods.
To economically empower disadvantaged youth in deprived rural areas of 3 districts of Southern Punjab to engage in viable employment and livelihood strategies, predominantly targeting youth with limited formal education, women and young people living with disabilities.
4 Years & 3 Months (Nov 2012 – Jan 2016)
Euro 1,665,885 (EU-Contribution: 90%)
13,694 young women and men to be trained in enterprise development trainings for employment opportunities