A Randomized Controlled Trial of Akazi Kanoze Youth in Rural Rwanda
Established in 2009, Akazi Kanoze (AK) meaning “work well done” in Kinyarwanda, provides Rwandan youth ages 14-35 with market-relevant life and work readiness training and support, hands-on training opportunities, and links to the employment and self-employment job market. Akazi Kanoze builds capacity and creates linkages between youth, the Rwandan economy and the public and private sector so that youth can access increased opportunities for productive engagement in society. AK youth receive work readiness and entrepreneurship training in addition to internship opportunities for on-the-job learning, job placement services and/or business start-up coaching. At the end of the program, youth receive a certificate signed by the Rwandan Workforce Development Authority (WDA). As of September 30, 2014, Akazi Kanoze has provided relevant education and workforce training to 18,288 Rwandan youth, 45% of whom reside in rural areas.
The final evaluation of Akazi Kanoze was designed to measure whether as a result of the project youth show a measurable change in employability and employment outcomes.