SOUTH SUDAN - Youth Enterprise Development and Capacity Building Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Dec 2021
Signature Date 03 Feb 2022
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2025
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11231
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 5,400,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Youth Enterprise Development and Capacity Building (YEDCB) project aims to enhance employability and job creation for young women and men aged 18-35 years in South Sudan through strengthening the private sector, building entrepreneurship skills, and improving the enabling environment.

Project Objectives

The objectives of the project are to: (i) increase employability of youth by facilitating access to skills development, business development support and financing; and (ii) enhance public service delivery through institutional and human capacity development. The project seeks to ensure that youth with the potential to grow as entrepreneurs are self-employed and/or create employment for others through their sustainable businesses. Specifically, the project will address: (i) the weaknesses in the entrepreneurship skills; (ii) the lack of access to finance; (iii) the lack of access to markets and information; and iv) capacity challenges of government institutions for enhanced public service delivery, especially to support MSE development and youth economic empowerment.


The direct project beneficiaries are: (i) 3,036 youth (50% women) who will be supported in establishing sustainable businesses. Out of these, 2,550 youth willbe supported through 85 VSLAs and 510 newly established youth group start-ups. The remaining 486 youth will be supported through 243 already existing early-stage youth-led MSEs (50% women led) to grow and for each to create at least two new jobs over the project cycle demonstrating business growth and employability capacity. The beneficiaries will include rural and urban youth, ex-combatants, returnees, and persons with disabilities who will be taken from the iHub data bases and portal, augmented by project mobilization activities. During project implementation, it will be explored on how best to also include some forcibly displaced youth (refugees and IDPs) and youth in hosting communities to further foster social cohesion and leave no one behind. To ensure equitable distribution between areas and segments of youth, agreed criteria will be set with the state governments to guide the initial selection process. Final determination of youth to benefit from start-up support, BDS, and financing will depend on the completion of training, organization of businesses, and establishment of groups and VSLAs

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-SS-I00-008
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name KAIJA Darlison

Geographic Location

Country South Sudan
Coordinates Location Name
10 32.7 Upper Nile State
4.75 31 Central Equatoria
7.4 32.4 Jonglei