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young Zimbabwean should benefit from the youths funds
November 28, 2013
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on the Youth Forum website
The recent figures
released by the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe which indicate that
Matabeleland South region continue to lag behind in benefiting from
the Youth Development Fund is shocking and appalling and only go
to confirm that this region is marginalised.
As Youth Forum
we feel very saddened as we spend most of our work in these communities
and we always come face to face with young people who are capable
and are in dire need of financial assistance to kick-start their
a report by a local daily newspaper, Matabeleland North has the
least funded projects with just one percent translating into 18
projects only while Mashonaland Central has 100, Bulawayo about
45 and Harare 75.
The Youth Development
Fund has been shrouded with controversy and allegations of corruption.
The Youth Fund has not been inspiring with many grantees failing
to pay back the loans nor achieving any meaningful impact in terms
of entrepreneurial development.
In mostly rural
communities, poor access to education, limited economic alternatives,
poor representation and lack of voice by the young people continues
to worsen their plight.
It is sad that
as we commemorate the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence
most young girls and young boys continue to be subjected to economic
marginalisation by the central government.
As we commemorate
this day it is important to continue to empower and promote young
women’s participation and provide them with information about
existing government opportunities for their emancipation.
Access to resources
remains a big challenge especially for young people with only a
few well-connected individuals being able to dip their hands in
the national cake.
Youth Forum we are currently training our young leaders in Harare,
Masvingo and Matabeleland provinces on how to do advocacy and also
why it is important in their communities and we hope this will help
them to in accessing the Youth Funds.
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