Youth Socio-Economic Empowerment

Youth Socio-Economic Empowerment

SOUL recognizes the importance that an educated and empowered youth has on the overall positive impact for communities and ultimately the nation. Providing youth with the opportunity for personal growth through educational and skills development, will increase their opportunities and improve their livelihoods by having a sustained income.

SOUL recognizes the importance that an educated and empowered youth has on the overall positive impact for communities and ultimately the nation. Providing youth with the opportunity for personal growth through educational and skills development, will increase their opportunities and improve their livelihoods by having a sustained income. They become active participants within their communities as agents for positive changes. The youth remain primary beneficiaries and active allies in many of SOUL’s projects.

For years Yemen has been facing major challenges due to the youth bulge, with the median age of the population estimated to be approximately 18.6 years. Youth represent over half the total population and over three quarters of these youth are unemployed. They have little opportunity or means to achieve a higher education or acquire job opportunities.

Presently, due to the last five years of conflict and national crisis, almost all of the efforts and resources available for development are redirected toward humanitarian and relief efforts to minimize the effects of political, economic and societal collapse and to prevent famine. The Yemeni youth group, filled with high potential to serve and facilitate positive social change, has been all but forgotten due to the overwhelming
needs of society during this national crisis. Their risk for exposure to and negative ramifications from grave human rights violations is very high; i.e. there is a high potential for youth to engage in risky and detrimental activities, just to survive; including the potential to join militant extremist groups.
Youth must be recognized as agents of change, maintaining hope in their future through offering them opportunities and a chance to reclaim their lives and their future. Stakeholders interested in the future of Yemen must be willing to gear some development resources toward youth to create platforms of opportunity and connectivity to maintain their dynamic role in society. This can be achieved through providing youth with opportunities and encouraging their participation in activities
in the government and political sector, youth-networking, civic engagement and promoting volunteerism activities. Supporting youth through empowering them with needed skills and opportunities to provide a sustained livelihood, not only protects the youth of today, it protects Yemen’s future.

Supporting and empowering the youth is key to any society wishing to thrive and build toward a prosperous future. SOUL will continue to support youth to become “agents of change” by successfully achieving sustainable social and economic development. This will be achieved through providing a multi-fold approach to implementing effective interventions and by raising awareness and advocating for them.
Also, by empowering them through building their capacity and offering microcredit opportunities to improve their livelihoods through sustained income.
Additionally, SOUL will continue promoting and encouraging volunteerism, which will help integrateyouth into the labor market and contribute to the society’s overall progress.

Permanent Projects

2002 - 2030 Sana’a Micro--Financing Program (AZAL)
By SFD


Previous Projects

2018 - 2019 Integrated Model of Social & Economic Assistance and Empowerment (Yemen-IMSEA)
By UNICEF
2018 - 2019
2017 - 2018 Yemeni Youth Entrepreneurs Combat Malnutrition
By MEPI
2017 - 2018
2016 - 2017 Building Respect through International Dialogue and Global Education.
By iEARN-USA
2016 - 2017
2013 Engendering the Yemeni National Dialogue.
By World Bank
2013
2011 - 2013 Offering Second Chances to At-Risk Youth and Marginalized Youth.
By World Bank & Japanese SFD
2011 - 2013
2012 Women Business Ownership Training - WBOT.
By SMEPS
2012
2011 - 2012 Youth Empowerment: Oracle DBA Training Program.
By Western Union Foundation & Shamil Bank of Yemen and Bahrain(WUF & SBYB)
2011 - 2012
2011 - 2012 Youth Development Project
By Vision Hop
2011 - 2012
2008 - 2012 Khamer Women’s Empowerment and Literacy Program.
By Foundation For the Future (FFF)
2008 - 2012
2008 - 2011 Telecenter: The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Training and Learning Center for Women: Antee for Student Services.
By Islamic Bank For Development (IDB)
2008 - 2011
2008 - 2011 Human Rights Documentation Methodologies
By The Center of Arab Woman for Training and Research (CAWTAR)
2008 - 2011
2010 - 2011 Community Economic Empowerment Project “Al-Bedayah”
By FSD
2010 - 2011
2009 - 2010 Women In Technology: Training for Women on Basic Computer Skills (Up Training)
By Western Union Foundation & Shamil Bank of Yemen and Bahrain(WUF & SBYB)
2009 - 2010
2009 - 2010 Youth Empowerment: Oracle Training Program
By Western Union Foundation & Shamil Bank of Yemen and Bahrain(WUF & SBYB)
2009 - 2010
2009 Youth Initiatives Support
By Equal Access
2009
2008 - 2009 Micro-Business Women Empowerment Pilot Project (MWEPP).
By Dutch Embassy
2008 - 2009
2005 - 2009 Women In Technology-Yemen (WIT)
By Middle East Partnership (MEPI) and Institute of International Education
2005 - 2009
2007 - 2008 Women LNGOs Capacity Building Project in Marib
By MEPI
2007 - 2008
2005 Pilot Project “Training of Female Clients - Sana’a", Micro--Financing Program
By SFD
2005
2005 NGOs Capacity Building on Strategic Planning
By USA Embassy - Yemen
2005
2005 The Awareness Raising Campaign on Legal Documentation and Women’s Rights
By MEPI
2005
2003 - 2004 Training of Trainers in the Field of Dressmaking and Design
By Charitable Emirate Committee- Red Crescent
2003 - 2004
2003 Institutional NGOs Capacity Building
By USA Embassy- Yemen
2003
2002 - 2003 Community Based Integrated Development Program
By OXfam
2002 - 2003
1999 - 2002 Dress-Making Project
By Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO)
1999 - 2002
2001 Training Course on Management and Communication Means for NGOs
By SFD
2001
1998 - 2001 Traditional Midwives Training
By SFD
1998 - 2001
1998 - 2001 Traditional Midwives Training
By SFD & British Council
1998 - 2001