Interview: Vivian Ojal - "Provide young individuals with hands-on experience"
EE: How can the corporate sector, development partners and organisations such as FAWE work more closely together to open up more opportunities for young Africans?
Vivian Ojal: The corporate sector should fundamentally change its view of capacity-building which is commonly limited to first tier cities and build operational capacity in second and third tier cities where there are large numbers of unemployed youth. FAWE should seek out corporate sector partners who can employ young people who have gone through its programmes, specifically career development and life skills building programmes. This will provide more employment opportunities for beneficiaries of these programmes. Corporate sponsors and NGOs would benefit from jointly raising funds which could lead to additional programmes being implemented as well as allow for donations of equipment and materials to support these programmes. Finally, African governments could give greater focus to fundraising initiatives through the World Bank, IMF, etc. Such funding could support programmes implemented by NGOs and comply with strategic objectives required by organisations such as the IMF which has strongly advocated for African governments to do more to create jobs.