The Next Economy
Program engaged young people in Nigeria, Mali, Somalia and Somaliland, with a mission to unlock their potential, build their confidence and equip them with the essential skills required for successful careers or entrepreneurial ventures. The program ran from 2016 to 2023 and was developed and executed with diverse local partners and a consortium of partners in the Netherlands and funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This website is a celebration of our collaborative efforts and aims to showcase the successes of our youth community, TNE’s holistic model and approach, and insights harvested over eight years of impactful activities.
The Next Economy responded to the diverse ambitions and interests of young job seekers across Africa, empowering them to navigate their career paths—be it in employment or entrepreneurship. Over 6-months, participants were immersed in a supportive learning environment that combined practical training and support with real-world opportunities. The program aimed at contextualized learning environments, reaching out to local partners to co-create and develop the program on a needs basis.
Young women encounter greater challenges in securing employment and succeeding in business. To address this inequity, TNE incorporated a range of strategies to make sure that participants, project staff, and businesses were better equipped to support young women participants’ transitions to work and business. These initiatives helped raise awareness of the issues that women face, and supported organizations to solve them.