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Hey YEP community! Here's our platform to get you up to speed on our progress. Pop by regularly as we update our blog on the ongoings of the project.

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Beekeeping training for 30 youth and women to mitigate the impact of COVID 19

The International Trade Center (ITC) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recently concluded a 4-week intensive skills training for 30 youth and women in beekeeping. This initiative is to purposely reduce the economic and social vulnerability of the poor and marginalized populations affected by COVID 19.

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Trade Fair Gambia International: Sunkari the man with the magic hands

Beyond selling products and services to existing buyers, what every business seeks to achieve is growth. To expand its customer base and networks thereby increasing the business revenue stream.

In The Gambia, Trade Fair Gambia International provides such unique opportunities to businesses across the country and beyond. The annual event organised by The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the biggest trade fair in The Gambia and it attracts a lot of customers.

Cognizant of the opportunities young people, women, and differently abled people can tap into the annual trade event, the Interna...

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#TekkiFii Stories: Young Gambian creating employment through Compressed Stabilized Earth Block (CSEB) Technology

With beaming eyes and a vigorously proud voice, Mr. Touray stretched his arms, indicating with his fingers “I started with a few people, but today, there are four teams comprising a minimum of five youths each. They are all working on different construction projects across the country, from Basse to Tanji. To put his current state into perspective, Muhammed Lamin added “I have now built my own compound, brought in electricity and recently, I brought in water supply all through my construction with CSEB.

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Farmer Business School: Enhancing knowledge on agribusiness operations

In 2019, government data showed that, agriculture contributes 20-30 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provides jobs to over 70% of the labour force. Despite the contribution of the sector to the economy of The Gambia, it is still dominated by smallholder farmers engaged in producing rain-fed subsistence crops for consumption.

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Janjanbureh Kankurang Festival promotes Gambian culture and heritage to boost tourism

The Kankurang masquerade is a Mandinka tradition and an integral part of the rite of passage of young boys. The Kankurang is a protective spirit and guarantor of order that shields the boys as they learn about cultural practices, social norms and the environment. The town of Janjanbureh is widely seen as the birthplace of the Kankurang, which was listed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in 2008.

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Four hundred Sterling graduates ready to enter labour market in the Gambia

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Four hundred young Gambians have graduated from the Sterling Technical Training Centre in Busumbala, the Gambia. The new institution is supported by the International Trade Centre (ITC) through its European Union (EU)-funded Youth Empowerment Project and the EU Jobs, Skills and Finance Programme for Women and Youth. The graduating class includes 138 students who were supported through project-funded scholarships.

Following the graduation, ITC handed over start-up kits to graduates from different skills centres. The young Gambians completed a vocational training supported by the country’s Sk...

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KMC Mayor's Challenge: Growth trajectory in a year

“It was like climbing a mountain.” These were the words of Kara Jagne to describe the moment he won last year’s Kanifing Municipal Council Mayor’s Challenge. With support from the International Trade Centre (ITC) through the European Union-funded Youth Empowerment Project in partnership with the Lord Mayor of KMC and the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) the challenge allowed young entrepreneurs, like Kara to be the central drivers of innovation. It was designed to spur impact-driven entrepreneurial solutions to tackle specific socio-economic challenges affecting the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A story of persistence and self-belief

Today, about 10 years later, Buba is running one of the few shoe production companies in The Gambia. He currently works with one fixed staff and is training about five young people through his apprenticeship scheme. As a beneficiary of the European Union-funded Youth Empowerment Project Digitalization Program, Buba has registered enormous success this past year with the digital marketing skills he gained.

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