RisiAlbania Project

RisiAlbania is an initiative aimed at enhancing youth employment in Albania. The goal is to create better employment and income opportunities for young Albanians aged 15-29, though private sector growth and improved job intermediation. The project is funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation Office in Albania and is implemented by a consortium formed by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Partners Albania.

The Project

RisiAlbania will work on promoting job creation and on improving labour market services to facilitate intermediation between the employers and young job-seekers. The private sector is at the center of our first intervention that aims at creating  decent jobs for young women and men by facilitating private sector growth and enhancing its performance and competitiveness in the selected sectors. Our second intervention area deals with promoting the integration of young people into the labour market focusing on the effective job intermediation between young people and employers, by facilitating the access of young women and men to labour market information, job matching services and public debates on labour market issues.

Our Key Targets

► 11,000 young women and men are employed in the three selected subsectors of which at least 50% are women

► 100,000 young people (50% women) have access to job opportunities through labour market information, matching services & better policies

► At least 1,000 current or prospective employees improve their skills

Promising sectors for youth-employment

RisiAlbania identified sectors with great potential to create employment for the youth: Agro-processing, Tourism, ICT and Garments & Footwear. These growth sectors are very diverse and thus provide opportunities for different segments of the society, acknowledging diversity in terms of skills levels, rural outreach and gender.

Achieving sustainable systemic change using the M4P approach

The project will follow the “Making Markets work for the Poor” (M4P) framework focusing on addressing current market failures and achieving systemic change by developing supporting services and functions within the youth labour market.

The approach to employment is comprehensive and innovative. It will not intervene directly in development services nor take a supply-driven approach. Instead it adopts an integrated and participatory approach to employment development by stimulating existing market players to take on a more proactive role in the market system. The local partners include:

► Business service providers,

► Civil society and youth organisations,

► Media outlets and associations,

► Private businesses in selected sectors,

► Job matching providers and the National Employment Services (NES),

► Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, private training providers and the formal education system.