The acting Resident Representative of UNDP in Ghana, Gita Welch, has underlined the efforts of UNDP in supporting young people with the requisite entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We believe that young people have the power to transform the economy of Ghana, so we will continue to support investment in the growth of our youth and co-create with them a space to share their ideas and innovations for sustainable development in Ghana,” she noted.
She said this when the National Youth Authority (NYA) paid a courtesy call on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
For his part, the CEO of NYA, Mr. Emmanuel Tettey thanked UNDP for the continued support and partnership, especially in the area of youth development.
“We are eager to implement more youth programs especially on initiatives that will unearth the creative potentials of young people, to actualize the youth empowerment and development goals of the nation and looking forward to more collaborations,” he noted.
He pledged the authority’s support to fulfil their part in strengthening the partnership that exists between UNDP and NYA.
UNDP, in partnership with the NYA, successfully launched Ghana’s Youth Connekt platform last year to empower young people through the acquisition of up-to-date skills and training to promote employment, entrepreneurship opportunities and connect them with leaders and role models to facilitate peer exchange of ideas to shape a better future for the youth.
Under the platform, 16 young innovators were awarded a total amount of 80,000 US dollars (5,000 USD each) through the Youth Innovation for Sustainable Development (YISD) challenge.
The awardees are also benefitting from mentorships and coaching to scale up their innovations and grow their businesses.