Fostering Inclusive Economic Opportunities

When economic opportunity is inclusive, significant development happens…

We believe that when economic opportunity is inclusive for every community and every person, significant development happens. To contribute towards this, we work to see that youths, women, disabled persons, have access to needed information, knowledge, skills, technology and support, to pursue in-demand contemporary jobs, business dreams & opportunities. Specifically, for these people and communities, we:

1). Provide guidance with contemporary career choices and planning towards rewarding, impactful careers

i. Help youths identify Interest & talent through assessment and evaluation: Situational assessment & counseling will focus on helping individuals identify and better articulate their unique interests, personality, values, beliefs, preferences and talent to determine how well they may match with a fulfilling career path. This sets precedence to an effective career support plan and execution.

ii. Provide access to vital information that supports contemporary career and learning choices i.e the necessary breakthrough window of opportunities to discover the tasks, experience, education and training plan for a career of choice (and provide adequate support with implementation) through inspiring events featuring occupation specific information sessions, seminars on professions & trades and networking opportunities.

iii. Contribute to reverse the low interest and participation in careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields by investing in young people in ways that improve perceptions & interest in pursuing STEM education and related careers and to increase knowledge of STEM disciplines and their interconnectivity through everyday applications.

PS: There is a need for innovative solutions to sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest challenges, but only 4-12% of students graduate with STEM-related degrees (JA Africa, 2021).

 

2). Facilitate acquisition of adequate skills and capacities to access available livelihood opportunities with emphasis in TVET – Technical & Vocational Education & Training:

Facilitate access to high quality education & training that further builds skills & competencies for youths, such that they become more recognized and valuable in a global workforce and more competitive.

i. Academic upgrading; to provide bridging program opportunities for adults from a variety of academic backgrounds to gain prerequisite (entrance requirements) for post-secondary study.

ii. Promote technical & vocational training: that develops hard skills through TVET (Technical & vocational education and training) – and especially revival of the technical component of it.

iii. Connect youths to university scholarships locally and around the world – working with high achieving, low-income students who dare to dream big enough to study abroad; providing advice, encouragement and support with applying for university.

iv. In addition to basic life skills, deliver work readiness training, counseling & mentoring: Model work place programs, Job shadows, leadership camps, internships (work experience placement).

Through Community Learning Resource Centers; among other things facilitate access to affordable internet, affordable devices and digital skills to keep up with school, work readiness training and telehealth.

 

3). Stimulate and promote manufacturing & essential service oriented innovation & entrepreneurship that is sustainable and climate action compliant

Unemployment and its immediate consequences (including among others lack of a means of livelihood, poverty, high crime wave and youth delinquency), continue to be a major challenge for national governments and communities across the world – and in varying proportions. In some countries like Cameroon with a general unemployment rate as high as 3.90 %, the need for private sector growth has never been this pressing and what’s more the need to foster more local manufacturing. The private sector and especially manufacturing in every economy is supposed to be leader in sustainable job creation. According to the World bank, in many sub-Saharan countries only 4.5% of the adult workforce is part of a formal private sector that is regrettably void of any serious manufacturing. What is Deviin going to do to help this situation?

The basis of our initial founding 20 years ago as CYGRACIG (Cameroon Young Graduates common Initiative Group); this thematic area is reminiscence of Deviin’s origins. We have always believed that all people deserve to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship (especially one that is local manufacturing oriented and through young graduate’s innovative/creative minds), is a powerful way to alleviate poverty. Thus, we go beyond just supporting young people choose, study towards and pursue a career as an employee, to also support them create sustainable/business solutions to poverty through innovation & entrepreneurship. This would be our contribution to creating the much needed ecosystem in the global south that drives manufacturing/essential service oriented entrepreneurship & innovation, job creation (and ultimately economic growth) through young people and women. Thus, Deviin would serve as a youth innovation & entrepreneurship catalyst – specifically advocating for a more enabling business environment, forge collaboration with public & private sector stakeholders, encourage innovation by attracting and nurturing new creative geniuses, encourage new entrepreneurs through inspirational events and carry out business incubation, training & mentoring. To bring about even more jobs, also promote (actually create) social and commercial enterprises as independent entities in alignment with our thematic activities.

Initial focus is in areas including: basic manufacturing & transformation, technology, learning & skills development, waste management & recycling, agriculture, value chain & allied services (agri-production and trade; undertake a number initiatives working with relevant partners to foster sustainable agri-production/agri-business with focus around 3 main agricultural commodities sectors including Coffee, Cocoa, rice, fresh fruits & vegetables – with the aim to help poor farmers improve their production volume & quality, capture market opportunities and obtain fair deals i.e sustainable production, inclusive markets, enabling environments).

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