Rural Youth Project Shows Employability Impact


EDC conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) as part of the final evaluation of its Akazi Kanoze Project in Rwanda to measure whether, as a result of the project, youth show a measurable change in employability and employment outcomes.

The final evaluation demonstrates two major findings about Akazi Kanoze's impact:

  1. Akazi Kanoze youth in rural areas were more likely to be employed after graduation than a young person who did not participate in the program.
  2. Akazi Kanoze youth in rural areas achieved significant gains in work readiness skills development and financial management.

Conducted in Year 5, the evaluation included:

  1. A randomized controlled trial (RCT); 
  2. Qualitative case studies and focus group discussions (FGDs).

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The Akazi Kanoze (AK) Youth Livelihoods Project was originally a 5-year, $9.8 million project financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by EDC between October 2009 and June 2014. The project provided youth ages 14-35 with market-relevant life and work readiness training and support, hands-on training opportunities, and links to the employment and self-employment job market.

Akazi Kanoze provided relevant education and workforce training to 18,288 (8,865 M / 9,423 F) Rwandan youth, 45% of whom reside in rural areas. The USAID funded Akazi Kanoze project was extended for 2 years to focus on sustainability and will end in June 2016. Other funders, such as DfID and MasterCard Foundation have developed projects that build on the Akazi Kanoze brand that train Early Childhood Development caregivers and deliver the Akazi Kanoze package in secondary schools and TVET institutions.

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