Somalia youth livelihoods program: final evaluation

The objective of the Somali Youth Livelihoods Program (SYLP), known locally as Shaqodoon, was to establish systems that bridge supply and demand with necessary support to young people and employers. It aimed to provide Somali youth with a greater opportunity to access work opportunities. This evaluation presents quantitative and qualitative information and data that indicate that it was largely successful. The programme succeeded in providing internships or paid job placements in the private and public sectors for 87 percent of the 9,280 youth who completed the Training and Placement component – exceeding targets. Youth, parents, business owners, and government authorities considered the training effective and the placement opportunities beneficial for youth‘s long-term employment prospects. This evaluation provides information and lessons learned to USAID on both the programme and the implementer (the Education Development Center).


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