HRF has been playing a foundational role in supporting the sustainable economic and social development of the Somali people. After the close of the SECIL programme in March 2015, HRF continued to work with UN-habitat to improve the livelihoods of the Somali people through the participation in the United Nations Joint Programme on Youth Employment.
This project focused on building the capacity of the local government institutions and economic interests groups in Mogadishu, to strengthen economic development that generates employment opportunities for all. One specific area focused on engaging the youth in participatory planning processes for the construction of a “One Stop Youth Centre”. The youth were put at the helm of decision-making, emphasizing a youth-owned and youth-led process which strengthens their capacity as social, economic and political actors in their communities.
As an implementing partner of UN-Habitat, HRFs support was essential in enhancing the longer-term employability of youth in sectors with growth and employment potential through skills development. With youth constituting nearly 70% of the population in Somalia, this program was important to strengthen the capacity of the youth and provide a greater level of economic security for them and their families.