SDF is an innovative challenge fund Project, Youth as our focus
We Tackle: The dire need for adequately qualified labor force required by the productive sectors and The high unemployment rate amongst the youth, who in most cases do not possess employable skills.
Situation Analysis/ Background
Sierra Leone is a small, low-income country with a population of about 7.4 Million, and a rapidly growing young population where the many live in poverty. The country has struggled to improve its competition; however, due to lack of infrastructural development, skilled workforce , and financial constraints, there has been a suppression in growth potentials.
The Skills Development Project is also very much gender-sensitive and opens up the widest possible range of life options for both women and men, to help build their capacities to be more wholesome and humane. Raising awareness requires not only intellectual understanding and effort but also sensitivity and open-mindedness to change one’s views and limited perspectives and values.
The overall objective of this initiative in line with the Ministry of Finance is to emphasize the need for the Skills Development Project to create a demand-led skills system that supports the country’s Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy. (MOF)
The project will support the Government’s overall human capacity and development, an agenda led by the Ministry of Education through skills upgrading and facilitating o f a Skills Development Fund (MTHE)