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Close Up on young rural people's economic empowerment

Young farmers in Tunisia ©IFAD/Susan Beccio

Young farmers in Tunisia ©IFAD/Susan Beccio

Learning event on financial and non-financial services to rural youth: Egypt and Yemen case studies

By Anja Lund Lesa, David Suttie and Omar Hammoud

As part of the NEN Close Up series, the Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia Division hosted a knowledge sharing event on rural youth and economic empowerment in the Near East and North Africa. Through a regional grant, IFAD is partnering with Making Cents International, a social enterprise based in Washington DC, and Silatech, a social initiative working to create opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world, to help increase the employment and self-employment opportunities of more than 18,000 young people of ages 15-35. Covering four countries, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen, the 3-year joint programme, Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Programme, is seeking to test innovative financial and non-financial engagement tools for young rural people. The event provided an opportunity to learn from the programme and to discuss how the findings can inform IFAD's future engagement with young people in rural areas.

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