Five years. Two countries. Long-lasting changes to support youth economic opportunities.

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In urban Mozambique and Tanzania, young people face significant rates of un- and underemployment. Employers in the formal and informal markets emphasize that the education systems are not adequately preparing graduates for work.

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Via: Pathways to Work takes a systems approach to support the national technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems to be more responsive to the needs of young people and industry.

Working closely with national training authorities and TVET centers (VETA and IFPELAC), entrepreneurship partners (TECC) and labor market intermediaries (INEP) in both countries, IYF is facilitating sustainable changes by integrating life skills training and career support services at 13 partner training and career centers and has reached over 20,000 youth to date. In addition, IYF is supporting trainers to use more learner-centered instructional techniques, as well as training administrators and managers to better use data to improve academic and on-the-job outcomes.

Youth Institution System

Via’s legacy is the integration of curricula and services by national TVET systems, and the strengthening of networks connecting stakeholders. These investments will continue to pay dividends by preparing future students and budding entrepreneurs to succeed in the world of work.

Learning is one of Via's essential pillars, with lessons informing Mastercard Foundation's and IYF's strategies. Throughout the program, IYF has captured learnings at the Systems, Institution, and Youth levels, which we are sharing below.

WHAT WE LEARNED

SYSTEMS

Scalable and sustainable improvements in the lives of young people can only occur when local actors have both the commitment and the capacity to plan, finance, implement, and manage solutions. IYF realigns resources, relationships, roles, and routines for lasting change.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

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    Don’t try to do it all – identify the right levers for change
  • 2
    Prepare to adapt when taking a systems approach
  • 3
    Behavior change only comes when partnerships have time to grow
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INSTITUTIONS

Addressing barriers to youth economic opportunities is not something that needs to be undertaken alone—indeed, it must be done together. IYF connects, convenes, and invests in our TVET partners, including the decision-makers and implementers.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • 1
    Collective behavior change requires top-down and bottom-up approaches
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    Focus on partner institutions’ identified needs
  • 3
    Sustainable change starts with resources
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YOUNG PEOPLE

Too often, young people are excluded from the processes that shape their future, treated as passive recipients of programs rather than the assets they are. In the spirit of positive youth development (PYD), IYF engaged young people to develop skills they prioritized and influence systems to be more youth-friendly.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • 1
    Transferable skills help youth navigate shifting pathways to work
  • 2
    Access to guidance is critical for youth to choose a productive pathway
  • 3
    Many pathways include self-employment
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