Rwanda has successfully implement various phases of an innovative Skills, Employability and Entrepreneurship Program (SEEP), which has helped create skills among the youth to match market requirements and spurred the government’s inclusive growth and poverty reduction efforts.
By helping develop middle level technical skills required by Rwanda's key economic sectors such as manufacturing, construction, agro-processing, and energy, and strengthening micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in key economic sectors, the program contributes to productivity and promoting rapid economic transformation.
Micro and small enterprises account for about 98.8 percent of private establishments and provide about 80 percent of the private sector employment especially among the youth and women. Incidentally, young people own about 56 percent of the micro and small enterprises in Rwanda.
Developed jointly by the African Development Bank and the Government of Rwanda in close consultation with the private sector and other key international development partners, SEEP has helped transform lives in Rwanda.
Similar technical and vocational education and training for skills development among youth can be emulated and successfully implemented by other developing countries to reduce youth unemployment, introduce sustainable development of the economy and in general raise the standard of living of all citizens.