Jobs for rural youth created and supported by Helvetas
One focus of the Helvetas project in Pakistan lies on offering job opportunities and education for young women.
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In Pakistan's tribal areas, far from the centre of economic and political clout, there are limited opportunities for young people. Helvetas is contributing to the government's efforts in developing new prospects for them with a project to provide market access and create jobs.

Via its project “ME4PS: Market and Employment for Peace and Stability”, the Swiss organisation Helvetas is about to take on one of the greatest challenges of our time: to contribute to stability and peace through functional markets and job opportunities in particular for the rural youth. Where young people see economic prospects for themselves and their families, they are willing and able to make a constructive contribution to improving their society.

These prospects exist in much of modern Pakistan, but less in the agrarian tribal areas in its north-western region. Here, average income is half the national average, the literacy rate is one third of the national rate, and maternal mortality is 35 times higher than the national average. Young people can’t find a place to invest their abilities and labour. The situation is particularly challenging for young women, who are mainly restricted to household chores and have little economic and educational opportunities due to cultural barriers.

Young women are included in the programme to become entrepreneurs themselves

In KP Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Helvetas’ project on market and employment is improving earning opportunities for youth, especially young women.

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