If youths in rural regions can find training, employment and an income, they will not migrate to the cities.
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04.12.2018

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Team-up is the name of a new initiative that the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has launched together with private foundations with the aim of improving prospects for young people in rural areas in East Africa.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and leading German private foundations have launched TEAM UP, a so far unique initiative. The “Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung” (DSW), the Hanns R. Neumann Foundation, the Siemens Foundation and the BMZ have joined forces to support young people in rural areas in East Africa in improving their living conditions. An initial pilot programme in Uganda is to reach out to more than 50,000 young women and men aged between 15 and 30 years and their families.

Sufficient income to secure a livelihood, access to family planning and improved water management – these are the goals of TEAM UP. At the same time, the initiative seeks to encourage youths to gain influence on decisions towards a healthy and self-determined life and have a say in political processes. TEAM UP is financed half by the foundations involved and half by the BMZ. A total of six million euros has been provided for the first three years of the pilot project in Uganda.

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Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMZ, welcomes the initiative and says: “If we join forces, we can achieve more and provide true opportunities for the future.

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