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The NDA in part: Reaping the demographic dividend through an empowered youth

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Government is determined to realise its commitment to “leave no youth behind.” It recognises that youth are the engines of growth, and are an essential pillar for any development. The goal for the youth sector is therefore premised on “secured sustainable livelihood for youths through skills development, decent work and excellence in sports.”

Under this theme, major measures to be taken entail the following:

Strengthening existing youth employment and entrepreneurship programmes in order to create employment opportunities and entrepreneurial skills for Gambian Youth;

Strengthening institutional and technical capacity of youth services agencies;

Advocacy programmes and policy dialogue platforms on youth employment and entrepreneurship;

A national youth development fund to enhance access to finance for Gambian youth;

Entrepreneurship and skills development programmes for persons with disabilities, including financing;

Multi-purpose youth friendly service centres across the country;

Increasing and improving young people’s access to quality health services, including sexual and reproductive health; and

Incorporation of a rights-based approach to youth planning and programming, and the promotion of excellence in sports.

Special programmes will be designed and implemented to facilitate the reinsertion of returning youth migrants into productive employment and society.

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