Young people account for almost half the population of PNG, and comprise a large part of the urban poor. In the capital, Port Moresby, youth unemployment is a major issue and many have missed out on completing their education due to their life circumstances and do not have the necessary skills for entry-level jobs. Long-term unemployed young people often find themselves involved in petty crime to support themselves.
To provide new opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Port Moresby, the Urban Youth Employment Project provides training to improve young people’s chances of obtaining jobs. The project is also helping provide short-term jobs to help participants earn an income and gain much-needed employment experience.
By the end of 2018, UYEP had:
- Provided more than 18,500 unemployed urban young people with income, training and temporary employment opportunities.
- 41 percent of participants were young women.
- Screened more than 24,000 young people within PNG.
- Established 18,000 new bank accounts.
- Created approximately 815,000 labor days, including in many projects that have helped to improve community infrastructure throughout Port Moresby.