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The project seeks to prevent young people from ending up in destructive settings & practices by giving them hope and concrete means to build sustainable income by unlocking the door to the job market for the youths and raising the status of entrepreneurship through; mentor-ship and entrepreneurship training, inspiring the youths who are still in school to work hard and strive for a better life and partner with schools to drive an advocacy programme- “Putting Youth Employment on the Agenda” with the aim of integrating entrepreneurship and vocational training in the schools’ curriculum.

The project is funded by the Swedish Postcode Lottery while Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (HiH EA) is the implementing organization supported by Hand in Hand Sweden.

Target groups

Youths aged 12-25 years in primary & secondary schools, colleges, universities, youth polytechnics, out of school youths, school leavers, in churches, mosques, streets and other places/institutions where youths are. The youths will be guided to form Youth Clubs where HiH EA trainers will interact with them. The project targets 7,000 youths by the end of the 3 years.

Project Period

The project will run for 3 years-October 2015 to September 2018.

Innovative Business Contests (Hand in Hand Youth Award)

HiH EA will organize an annual Hand in Hand Youth Award National contest where the youths under the project will showcase innovative businesses. The winners will be sponsored to showcase their business ideas at the annual fair of “Ung Foretagsamhet” in Stockholm, Sweden.


HiH EA will work with a host of stakeholders and collaborators involved in youth empowerment- government agencies, schools, colleges, universities, other non-governmental organizations, companies and programmes that focus on the youth.

Expected outputs of the project

  • Enhanced tolerance between youths of different ethnic & religious backgrounds.
  • Entrepreneurship & vocational skills gained by the youth
  • Access to microloans from mobile & online micro credit platforms
  • Starting/strengthening of 2,800 sustainable enterprises
  • Creation of 4,000 jobs
  • Youths who are inspired & motivated to become entrepreneurs
  • A strong communication platform through the “Putting youth employment on the agenda” programme.
  • Exposure of talented young entrepreneurs in media outlets.
  • A move by schools towards introduction of entrepreneurship in curriculums


Please see the link for the concept piloting at Wangu primary School. dandora-slum-school-moulds-future-generation-entrepreneurs

You can also find the write up on the HiH EA 2016 youth leaders entrepreneurship conference. To find this, please click here.

The second Hand in Hand Eastern Africa youth business contest was held on 14/12/2016 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Hand in Hand Eastern Africa’s winner of Youth Award
Hello … Håkan Jarlenius, Communications at Hand in Hand. You have just appointed this year’s winner of the Hand in Hand Youth Award. Tell us about the competition.
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