Women & Youth Economic Empowerment Services (YWEES)

Youth and women economic empowerment polices have been introduced by developing as well as developed countries and are aimed at addressing issues related to unemployment and poverty reduction. The objectives of such policies include;

  • To increase in value, numbers, and variety women and youth owned enterprises in all the sectors of the economy with the aim of increasing employment and reducing poverty;

  • To increase entrepreneurial culture, business managerial capacities, technical skills and talents among women and young people, thereby contributing to sustainable human development;

  • To increase savings and investment among women and youth through encouraging them to establish cooperative enterprises and other forms of enterprises

  • To raise the profile of women and youth owned enterprises and young entrepreneurs;

  • To remove any barriers that prevents young men and women from starting and growing their own businesses; and

  • To increase access to market, finance and non-financial support to youth owned enterprises

However, Youth and Women Economic Empowerment programmes can only succeed with the support of government creating a conducive environment through the formulation and implementation of a national youth and/or women economic policy instruments. These instruments should aim at mainstreaming women and youth in all existing policies, programmes and institutions. The support programme given to the youth and women should cover the entire spectrum of support from non-financial to financial support. To realise these goals, governments must partner with the private sector in economically empowering women and youth.

PAMC’s YWEES, has now assembled a team of experts from diverse professional backgrounds equipped with various skills and capabilities to help provide advisory and support services to women and young people by encouraging them to start new businesses and building their skills in employability and entrepreneurship and providing them with business support services. These will include incorporation and registration of enterprises for participating in business activities, contract negotiations and legal services , tax advisory services, marketing and promotion etc.