Sudan - Enable Youth Program - Project II


Project Summary

Approval Date 30 Jun 2021
Signature Date 11 Aug 2021
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2026
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 20,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed operation is Project II of the ENABLE Youth Sudan Program (EYSP) being implemented to create business opportunities and decent employment for the Sudanese youth along priority agricultural value chains. ENABLE Youth is one of the flagship operations under the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy for Agricultural Transformation (2016 – 2025) and Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy (2016-2025). The Government of Sudan was among the first Regional Member Countries to participate in the Bank’s ENABLE Youth Program. The Bank approved the EYSP Project I in November 2016, which covers five states: Khartoum, Gezira, Kassala, Gedaref, and River Nile. The EYSP Project I has so far trained over 700 youth and another 1,000 are currently enrolled in various incubation programs in all the five states. Therefore, the Project I is on course to achieve its objectives of training and empowering 2,000 youth out of which 1,800 agribusinesses are expected to be established generating about 12,000 direct jobs. The EYSP Project II aims to encourage the growth of commercially viable agribusiness small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country by providing entrepreneurship skills, access to financing, land and markets, mentorship, and post incubation follow up and monitoring. The project seeks to achieve this objective by identifying innovative potential-oriented entrepreneurs, who are willing to pursue business opportunities in the agriculture sector. It will strive to have a demonstration or catalytic effect by encouraging a new generation of entrepreneurs to enter, grow, and advance the agribusiness sector; thus, fostering and accelerating the revival of Sudan’s agriculture sector, and helping to increase agricultural incomes, create wealth and jobs and reduce poverty. The project cost is estimated at UA 22.23 million, of which AfDB is financing UA 20.00 million or 90% and the Government of Sudan will contribute UA 2.23 million or 10%. Its implementation is expected to take five years.

Project Objectives

The overall goal of the EYSP is to improve job creation, food and nutrition security, income generation and livelihoods for youths. The specific objective of the EYSP Project II is to create business opportunities and decent employment for young women and men along priority agricultural value chains by building entrepreneurship skills in agribusiness and supporting them with access to credit, markets, and other services for agribusiness development.

Beneficiaries

The EYSP Project II will be implemented in ten (10) Youth Agri-Business Incubation Centres (YABICs) in Sennar, White Nile, Blue Nile, North Kordofan, South Kordofan, and Darfur. The project will achieve these objectives by training and empowering 2,000 agripreneurs, including target of a 50:50 female and men participation in all incubation centers through a targeted outreach program to bolster female participation. At least 1,500 businesses are expected to be financed under the project and each of these agripreneurs is expected to employ on average five (5) other support workers, generating about 9,000 direct jobs over the first 5 years of the project. The target youth will be in two categories; about 1,400 youth unemployed graduates who have completed post-secondary education (incubation); and the second group of 600 graduate youths who are already engaged in agribusiness but have no or limited access to commercial loans to grow their businesses (acceleration). All youth selected will be graduates with at least a post-secondary diploma/certificate and aged 18 to 35 years.

Participating Organization

Funding
Fragile States Facility
Extending
Government Of Sudan
Implementing
GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-SD-AAZ-012
Last Update 04 Dec 2021

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Contact Details

Name EGEH Mohamud Hussein
Email m.egeh@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Sudan