SEED – Education & employment for youth and women in Albania, Kosovo and Serbia
The three-year program “SEED” started in January 2014 to support women and young people through education and employment mediation to enter in the labor market. SEED stands for Support of educational and employment development in Albania, Kosovo and Serbia and is funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation. The implementing partner organizations are the “Community Development Center Today for the Future” in Albania, “Syri I Vizionit” in Kosovo “TARA Intl. Consulting” and the “Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre” in Serbia. The lead partner is Volkshilfe Solidarität.
SEED aims to improve access to the labor market for women and youth, to alleviate poverty and to contribute to gender equality.
SEED Regions of Intervention:
The program in Albania is implemented by Community Development Center “Today for the Future” (CDC-TFF).
Its intervention logic is related to the objective structure of the framework program. With the support of Austrian Development Agency, Albania (ADA), Volkshilfe Solidarität Leben and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth (MMSR), it is focused on creating the ground for successful professional and life skill trainings for the women and youth beneficiaries of the project. In the same time,local institutions and other private stakeholders are involved in a stable and joint process of women and youth empowerment.
Gender equality is in the focus of the program. The goal isto facilitate the social and economic integration of women in the labor market and local societies and to raise awareness on state interventions on this theme that might be relevant in the target areas of Albania.
The implementation of the program is based on designed mechanisms for improved cooperation and participation of all stakeholders active in women and youth empowerment through the use of vertical and horizontal approaches. The base of any intervention should be approved by appropriate studies and assessments that will create the ground for the needed and sustained employment of women and youth.
In addition, the state VET system isincorporated in the project by providing training to the project beneficiaries. The mediation for employment of women and youth will be fostered by actions that aim at their sustainable employability in cooperation and network with local governance, public institutions, other NGOs, the private sector and relevant clusters.
The program includes sharing of know–how and expertise, that will enhance cooperation and interaction with Serbian and Kosovan Partners on social, economic and community development and gender equality. This will create new opportunities for continuation of joint efforts towards regional economic and social empowerment within the overall framework of the program.