The United Nations Development Program has advised the Rwandan government to extend more incentives to young people to allow greater involvement in accelerating sustainable economic and human development.
This is one of the recommendations of the 3rd National Report on the Human Development of Rwanda, published virtually in Kigali on Thursday, August 12.
A full range of incentives and opportunities for increased and active participation and influence of young people should be explored and appropriate investments made, the report reads in part.
He suggests that young people should be encouraged to actively participate in local solutions for socio-economic progress, such as leadership and transformation. Umuganda in digital age community development platforms.
The report also calls for the implementation of innovative mechanisms and incentives to strengthen the participation of the private sector in the planning, financing, implementation and scaling up of Imihigo projects.
The Rwandan economy is undergoing a structural transformation which must accelerate considerably by improving the productivity of the economy in all sectors, he adds, “while creating decent jobs, employment opportunities for the young population and fighting against unemployment and underemployment “.
According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), youth unemployment stood at 19.3% in 2018.
The average for the sub-Saharan Africa region was 13.9%, according to the World Bank.
While Rwandans are less deprived of health care and education, the report found that more than half of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is due to income and other aspects of living standards.
The report shows that the standard of living contributed 55.5% of the MPI in 2017.
Message from Mushikiwabo on the occasion of International Youth Day
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, said there was a need to reflect on concrete actions needed to address the many challenges facing young people.
Twitting in French on the occasion of International Youth Day on Friday, the former Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs said: “This generation, resilient, creative and full of resources, embodies the future of La Francophonie, it is It is up to us to invest in this human capital, a source of energy and new possibilities.