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Jobs, Skills, and Education – Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH)

Project Private sector development
Bahir Dar -

There is substantial demographic pressure on Ethiopia’s economy due to the roughly two million young people who enter the workforce each year. Ethiopia still has a significant social problem with unemployment, which is primarily an urban concern. The number of young people moving from rural to urban areas in search of work has increased, yet they lack the necessary employability skills, job training, and experience. There are more young individuals there who are not in school, work, or training.

Implementation Area
Bahir Dar / Amhara Region
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Ethiopia
Thematic Area
Private Sector Development
Project Start Date – End Date
January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

In conjunction with Triggerise, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is funding the Jobs, Skills and Education (JSE) programme. While Cordaid Ethiopia has done so in Bahir Dar, Triggerise missed its implementation in Addis Abeba. To expand prospects for employability and the capacity to create new jobs, the initiative has offered soft-skills training, instruction in fundamental digital skills, and technical and vocational training (TVET).

Jobs, Skills, & Education project happening at Garment Training Centre

In addition to economic restrictions, data suggests that age and marital status contribute to the prevalence of induced abortion in Ethiopia, despite the country having the highest rate of contraceptive usage and the lowest unmet need. Given that 47 percent of abortions are conducted outside of health institutions in Ethiopia, it is vital to target women in this demographic (younger, unmarried, urban) to ensure that their need for family planning is satisfied. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), data acquired from the Bahir Dar city administration health department for adolescents aged 15 to 29, the unmet demand for family planning is around 63 percent. Neither public nor private contraception choices match the needs of today’s youth.

Women economic empowerment plan orientation and SRH awareness creation programme

People That We Work With

For the Jobs, Skills, & Education (JSE) component, there are 1,563 jobless youngsters (50% female) between the ages of 15 and 29 residing in the Bahir Dar city administration who are neither learning nor working. For the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) component, 3,135 young females between the ages of 15 and 29 who lives in Bahir Dar city require services.


In 13 months, jobless women and men in Bahir Dar will have access to excellent employability trainings and apprenticeship possibilities, improving their access to gainful wage or self-employment. Jobs connections will be established with employer organizations for 250 trained recipients seeking paid employment; and self-employment assistance will be offered to 50 recipients.


See this project results in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Registry HERE