Training workshop of the youth on project development, management and evaluation.

The Ministry of East African Community Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture has organized, from 14th to 16th December, at the Chief Town of Karusi Province, a training workshop for young members of the management committees of the youth centers on the development, management and evaluation of projects.About 80 young people from the provinces of Gitega, Ruyigi , Cankuzo, Muramvya and Karusi attended this training workshop whose objective is to instill in youth sufficient notions of projects development, management and evaluation.

In his speech, Ambassador Ezéchiel Nibigira, the Minister of East African Community Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture said that the Government of Burundi is convinced that youth are a priority, partners and key players in the sustainable development of the country. This can been noticed through different initiatives aimed at developing and promoting the youth of all social strata such as the establishment of a Presidential Decree 100/31 of 19 April 2009 relating to the creation of youth centers in all communes of the country’s, the Youth Investment Bank (BIJE) and the Program of Economic Empowerment and Youth Employment (PAEEJ).

He further recalled that the Government of Burundi, in collaboration with development partners, distributed televisions, musical instruments and drums in an effort to promote the development of youth.He added that more than 40 billion Burundi francs expected to fund youth development projects are available in the Youth Investment Bank BIJE. Thus, he invited them youth to seize the opportunities and take advantage of the benefits offered by the BIJE and the PAEEJ.

The expected results at the end of the training

At the end of this training, the youth will be sufficiently equipped with project development and management skills which will enable them to establish bankable projects to be presented to the Youth Investment Bank and to the various donors for funding. Therefore, the Minister invited them to follow this training with interest so that they can profitably use the knowledge and skills acquired to develop themselves and develop their community.He also asked them to share, in return, with other youth who remained in their respective villages so that they can develop together.

Within this three-day training, participants will follow three modules that will be developed by the consultants. These include modules on entrepreneurial opportunities, development, management and evaluation of projects.

Speaking about entrepreneurial opportunities, this module will help the young participants to identify challenges and problems in their community, to determine the horizons that are unknown by other entrepreneurs and create opportunities that can launch them into entrepreneurship. In the project development module, they will gain knowledge about bankable project development using a project logframe and Gantt chart. With this module, participants will have skills on the preparation, implementation of projects and will be able to analyze their profitability. Finally, young entrepreneurs will learn about the effective management and evaluation of development projects.

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