Young Africa earns international recognition by UNESCO-UNEVOC

On February 1st, 2017, Young Africa’s highly innovative solution for youth unemployment in southern Africa was added to the UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practices database, one of just four practices from around the world added to the list this year. UNESCO-UNEVOC is a UN institute working in the field of education. As part of its work, a team of experts from around the world identifies and selects the most promising practices in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.

The Integral Youth Empowerment Programme
Young Africa’s Integral Youth Empowerment Programme is our unique approach to youth development. It involves vocational training integrated with Entrepreneurship, Life Skills and talent development, giving graduates the tools to find employment or become self-employed.

Innovative Franchise Model for financial self-sustainability
Vocational training is expensive and often not market-related. In response, Young Africa has developed the innovative Franchise Model. All training departments at our centres are rented to local entrepreneurs to run their businesses. At the same time they teach students, taking responsibility to pass on their skills to the young people of their communities. The rental of these workshops leads to financial self-sustainability of the training centres.

Big problems require bold solutions
A staggering 230 million people in Africa are between 15 and 24 years old, of which between 30 and 50% are unemployed. Young Africa currently works in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia, but has set the ambition to expand and educate 500,000 young people across southern Africa by 2025. This recognition by UNESCO-UNEVOC puts Young Africa on the map in the international community, and will hopefully trigger other NGOs and donors to join us in this ambition.

For more information contact Young Africa through the email address or visit our website at



JOBA will be moving on the 7th of February 2017 and our new offices are located at Av. Francisco Orlando Magumbwe 993, 1st Floor.



As of the 1st of January 2017 the JOBA programme will have a new interim team leader, Victoria Damane.



FHI 360 is implementing a project in the area of Education, called Youth Power Action / Mozambique. The project is financed by USAID / PEPFAR for a period of one year and counts on the strategic partners of the Government namely: Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Gender Child Social Action and the respective provincial directorates.

The project will support young and adolescent orphans and vulnerable 15 to 17 year olds in the city of Maputo with the aim of preparing them for the world of work. The project invests young people in developing socio-economic skills and technical skills, empowering them to build a better future, taking new personal and professional choices, and improving individual, family and community situations.

In this context, we invite local non-governmental organizations (community-based organizations or civil society organizations) operating in the city of Maputo interested in establishing partnerships for the implementation of project activities to present their proposals of interest.

Tenders must be delivered to the offices of FHI360, located at Rua Beijo da Mulata, 59200, Sommerchield II or sent to the e-mail address: by 11.30 am on 9 December 2016.

For applications, organizations must meet the following proven eligibility criteria. All information is subject to confirmation:
• Be legally registered and recognized under Mozambican law and with offices in Mozambican territory preferably in Maputo.
• There should be no legal action in progress from the implementation of projects with other donors.
• Demonstrate skills and have more than two (2) years of experience in implementing youth / adolescent support programs or community programs.
• Have an organized and functional administrative and financial structure with accountability skills in accordance with accounting standards and requirements.
• To have technical, monitoring and evaluation capacity for data collection, processing and analysis.

The Terms of Reference and additional information can be obtained from the offices of FHI360, located at Rua Beijo da Mulata, 5900, Sommerchield II





The International Youth Foundation (IYF), an independent not-for-profit charitable organization, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with two other youth focussed programmes, JOBA and MUVA, on 15th November 2015.

IYF aims to promote effective and sustainable programmes that work in close cooperation with local communities, non-state vocational training providers, and government TVET systems to help prepare youth to be healthy, productive, and engaged citizens.

Though the three programmes are taking different approaches, several areas that would generate synergies were identified. All 3 programmes are committed to collaborate for the sake of the youth of Mozambique, with special focus on young women.

The MoU will be signed during a Learning Event hosted by IYF.


Muva - Launch!

Any society with a vision knows that the empowerment of women is one of the most efficient paths for development. Simply because justice between the sexes implies that we all have the opportunity to develop and apply our capabilities to their fullest potential.

The five-year Muva program responds to this desire to grow a fairer society in Mozambique in terms of training and work opportunities for women and men, from a young age. It was officially launched on October 20th in Maputo, celebrating the first chapter of the implementation phase. The program is funded by UKaid (DfID) and managed by Oxford Policy Management (OPM). The launch event brought together guests from the public and private sectors as well as from civil society.

The following projects were presented at the official launch: Muva Tech, created to combat the gender gap in technology across the country; Muva Inovar, to support the Mozambican entrepreneurs; Muva'titude, to develop the skills and abilities of Mozambican youth; And Muva Aprender, to improve the performance of girls in school, including the development of non-cognitive skills.

For more information on Muva, visit:



His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, visited a JOBA funded programme at Futuro Skills/PacMoz on 27th September 2016. Prince Andrew was accompanied by the Maputo Province Governor, Mr. Raimundo Maico Diomba, DFID delegation and JOBA team.

Futuro Skills Mozambique, the first grantee under T4R part of the Employment Fund, is recruiting, training, assessing and creating employment opportunities in the building and construction industry for a minimum of a hundred disadvantaged Mozambicans.