Youth Empowerment, Engagement & Knowledge Project – SHABABEEK
1. Youth employment and entrepreneurship
In the Arab region, youth unemployment rates are high, and young people face numerous challenges when starting their own businesses. SHABABEEK aims to harness the creativity and dynamism of young people to re-imagine sustainable and inclusive economic models that work within the limits of our planet. The project supports development of policies, resources, and education to help young people become successful entrepreneurs to support that inclusive growth. To achieve this, the project plans to strengthen a network of public and private funding opportunities such as enterprise support, venture capital funds, and business accelerators. The project also recognizes the importance of creating decent job opportunities for young people in conflict-affected countries to promote stability.
2. Youth civic engagement and participation
SHABABEEK wants to promote inclusive models for collective action that include the voices of young people. The project supports youth engagement in public life and policy design through the principles of co-creation and inclusion. The project plans to achieve this by creating civic education programs, strengthening youth-serving structures and networks such as innovation hubs and youth councils, and promoting the involvement of young people in policy-making. The project also seeks to enhance institutional capacities and ensure coordination between state institutions and non-governmental bodies to link youth objectives to broader national development goals and sectoral strategies.
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