RESET Plus Launches
Youth Empowerment for Successful Transitions to Decent Work in Amhara and Somali Regions of Ethiopia (RESET Plus) which started on April 1, 2018 was officially launched on October 20, 2018 at Dilano Hotel in Bahir Dar. Representatives of donor organization - the European Union, Save the Children Staff, Amhararegional government, zonal and Woreda sector office and implementing partners representatives were among the participants of the launching event which aimed at establishing a common understanding and knowledge on the project among stakeholders and creating project ownership by the key stakeholders. The workshop has also aimed at clarifying the roles and expectations of each party to successfully deliver the project.
RESET Plus aims to benefit vulnerable young men and women aged between 15 and 29 by enabling them to successfully transition to decent jobs. The project will play an indispensable role in mitigating problems of youth in Ethiopia where 2.5 million young people enter into the job market every year and rates of underemployment are high. The project is also expected to contribute toward the betterment of youth unemployment, which, according to the 2013 CSA Labor Survey, is 21.6% in urban areas and 3.1% in rural areas.
RESET Plus is different in that it is not going to apply the usual “sticking plaster” solutions but instead employs transformational solutions like changes in attitude which promote a desire for personal growth through regular employment as opposed to a desire for three months cash.
It has been indicated at the workshop that the project will additionally address other problems faced by youth that include low level of youth skills, landlessness, limited employment and economic opportunities in rural areas. Furthermore, cultural, behavioral and attitudinal changes will be other areas where the project will reach. Improving the conditions in unsafe migration, low labor market participation and rural-urban migration are also other domains of RESET Plus. The project will be implemented for a period of 42 months commencing from April 1, 2018 to September 30, 2021.