United Youth Initiative for Africa (UNIYIA), an esteemed Ghanaian youth-led nonprofit organization, recently won a Social Impact Grant at the just ended African Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.
UNIYIA was selected as part of the top 10 Social Change Leaders across Africa to receive $2500 to support their initiative. This grant, which is the first-ever received by the organization, will fund the second phase of their skills training initiative for youth and women farmers in Kwasi Komfo in the Abuakwa South Municipality in the Eastern region of Ghana. This initiative aims to promote sustainable productivity and profitability for the Ghanaian cocoa sector, without losing focus on gender-based issues, financial literacy, and deepening beneficiaries’ knowledge of climate-smart cocoa production. This scheme is a part of the AgroIDOL intervention of UNIYIA’s flagship program, the Sustainable Impact Solutions for Improved Livelihood Programme (SISIL).
The Partnership and Engagement Officer, Nadia Owusu, and the Project And Marketing Officer of UNIYIA, Dwayn Ocansey received the Social Impact Grant on behalf of the organization, which comes with 1-year guidance and mentorship.
What Is The Sustainable Impact Solutions for Improved Livelihood Programme (SISIL)?
The Sustainable Impact Solutions for Improved Livelihood is a 5-year program designed to revive the interest of Ghanaian youth through the program’s intervention components – which explore sustainable pathways and upskilling of rural youth, and the upgrading of farming and rural life, with a focus on climate adaptation, green entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Given that Agriculture is core to Ghana’s development, the investment in it by both the Government and development organizations still needs broadening in terms of investment and impact.
The increasing incidence of livelihood diversification pushes many youths into gold mining communities and manual jobs in the cities and this – in the last 10 years has affected agriculture, particularly leaving the aging farmers who do not have the strength and capacity to maximize and apply the modern innovations needed for smart farming.
AgroIDOL, one of the three components of the SISIL project, places a greater premium on accelerating the efforts of young people into sustainable practices focusing on climate, economic, social, and career development skills. This intervention trains young farmers on modernized and suitable methods of sustainable farming measures to address climate change in their activities and also leveraging our community facilitators for onward guidance and consultation.
United Youth Initiative for Africa (UNIYIA), formally UYIA is a youth-led non-profit organization leading sustainable development in climate change, youth, and gender development. Since 2017, UNIYIA has engaged 5000+ youth in SDG awareness and sensitization programs which have broadened the youth’s sense of making a positive impact by providing them with the know-how of government processes, programs, and projects.
UNIYIA envisions consistently promoting and inspiring sustainable outcomes that young people will leverage to transition Africa to a sustainable future. And a mission to develop pathways to empower young people and underprivileged communities to develop sustainable outputs through research, capacity building, advocacy, collaboration, and environmental conservation.
For additional inquiries, please find the following contact details:
United Youth Initiative for Africa, Partnership & Engagement Officer, Nadia Owusu [email protected]
Africa Youth Leadership Conference, Lawrence Riches [email protected].