UNDP Achieved Projects to Contribute to Poverty Reduction
Youth employment and national job creation opportunities are the government’s growing focus and among the top national priorities embedded in the Sudan National Five-Year Development Plan (2012-12016). In support of this national development agenda, the Government of Sudan, the India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty for Hunger Alleviation (IBSA Fund), and UNDP Sudan launched in February 2014 the first tripartite South-South Cooperation project that will pilot the creation of a labour-intensive model for youth employment.
The project aims to generate rapid demand for youth labour using local resource and labour-intensive approaches to contribute to modern infrastructure and utilities, mainly in road works and waste management, and provide linkage to the youth for longer term employment opportunities. Being piloted in Khartoum State, the project is focused on training local labour resources and establishing a Labour-Based Coordination Unit that will coordinate labour demand works and create synergies between government institutions, labour contractors, business groups, and youth organizations to enhance the impact of collective interventions.
The project will run for two years in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Administrative Reform.
Achievements to Date
Under the project’s initiative, the establishment of the Labour-Based Coordination Unit (LBCU) within the Ministry of Labour and Administrative Reform has provided an institutional structure that would coordinate the project’s labour demand work and build working relations with relevant government institutions and stakeholders. Created under the Ministry’s General Department of Policies, Planning and Research, the Unit has been assigned with four core technical staff at initiation phase. The Ministry has allocated offices space for UNDP project staff and LBCU at the Ministry building.
The Khartoum State Ministry of Social Development has been appointed overall focal point for the pilot project while the State Ministry of Planning and Waste Management Corporation have been identified for road maintenance and waste management work, respectively.
At the Stakeholders Orientation Workshop held on 15 December 2014, local partners from various government institutions, the business sector, and youth associations have expressed strong interest and support to the project, and a collective understanding of labour-based approach as an effective strategy to address unemployment.