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Tools for » Human development for youth: overcoming the challenges of migration through employment
Project ID:00067207Description:MDGF-1926-H-HND Human Devt for
MDG Achievement Fund
Start Date *: 31 Dec 2008
MDGF Youth Employ & Migrant
End Date*: 30 Mar 2013
Country: Honduras Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple


The purpose of programme was to support the design and implementation of local and national policies, plans and programs for the promotion of decent employment, the prevention of migration and the employment of returnees. It also sought to strengthen institutional structures and national planning mechanisms, which take into account the needs of the young. 

The Programme supported the creation of Regionall Employment and Youth Employment interagency committees, through which the Secretary of Labor was able to make important contributions at the local and regional levels in coordination with local actors. It was also able to integrate some of the proposals from the Regional Development Councils, while ensuring their functionality and sustainability. The programme also participated in by incorporating the issue of youth self-employment into the Bureau of Vocational Training and Job Placement within the Ministry of Social Development.

In terms of attention to the migrant population, the Programme facilitated a consultation process to design a Policy for Returned Migrants, and the incorporation of the employment component in coordination with the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Interior, as the authorities responsible for this area.

The programme supported youth’s access to financial services for the creation of self employment through the revision of the Credit Fund model. The Fund will continue to be managed by cooperatives with technical support from UNDP, and the credit assistance will continue through 50 rural banks and the Intibucá Indigenous Center  for Craft Training (CICAI). 

The Programme strengthened business development through the training of approximately 2,838 youth for Entrepreneurship and employability, many of which presented their business plans in order to access Credit/Seed Capital, whereas many other were employed in the public or private sector as a result of the Programme’s interventions. It also promoted programmes on Leadership, Identity and Attachment through training of trainers, and a module for young entrepreneurs. In addition, nearly fifteen thousand youth operated businesses were offered technical assistance. 

The JP supported the Solidarity and Productive Remittances Programme which completed nine community infrastructure projects in partnership with migrant clubs in the United States of America and community committees. It also helped to develop an Executive Order which, if approved by the Executive, would create a Trust Fund for the Remittance National Solidarity Program. In addition, an agreement was signed to ensure the implementation in migrant protection policy.


Outcome 1:

Increased the ability for youth to access decent labor, with focus on vulnerable women and men with high migration potential.


Outcome Achievements:

  • Three Youth Employment interagency committees established and functioning under the Mesa Territorial Regional Development Councils (CRD) in Comayagua Region and Lempa Region (departments Intibucá and La Paz).
  • 1,178 young people trained in skills that facilitate their integration in the labor market. Training included youth entrepreneurship topics and employability. By the end of the programme a  total of 1,580 jobs had been created.
  • Developed, trained and strengthened four Multi-Services Offices in the municipalities of Cane, Comayagua, La Esperanza and Marcala, offering products and services for employability and entrepreneurship to youth which were incorporated into the Municipal Strategic Plans.
  • 2,182 young people trained in business development and have created 1,226 business units.
  • Four cooperative programs providing access to the Credit Fund resources program.
  • Solidarity and Productive Remittances Programme was directed to social infrastructure projects in its pilot phase based on the experience of Mexico and areas of intervention were focused on those with the highest number of migrants in the cities where they are located.
  • The involvement of young women in the municipalities interventions exceeded 30%.
  • As a result of the programme interventions, institutional actors such as municipalities, institutions members of the territorial tables and IFIs, promote employment and entrepreneurship locally.


Outcome 2:

Have been strengthened national and local institutional frameworks to promote decent work for youth, with an emphasis on potential migrants and / or returned.


Outcome Achievements:

  • 3 round tables organized and integrated territorial the Regional Development Councils.
  • Migration and Remittances information generated through the Household Survey.


Outcome 3:

It has strengthened the leadership, roots and identity of men and women and their participation in the construction of a local development vision based on shared principles and values UNFPA.


Outcome Achievements:

  • Support to rural and urban promoters networks.
  • Mapping of existing entrepreneurs.
  • Designed a comprehensive training module for Municipal facilitators on entrepreneurism.
  • Trainer of trainers, creation of youth networks and youth leadership training through Municipal Programs for Children, Adolescents.


Best practices:

  • The program focused on strengthening local governance working with community organizations, private sector partners and local governments.
  • Good practices are oriented towards building inter-agency cooperation and achieving greater synergy through the implementation of joint activities in the field. Joint planning was also an extremely valid and effective tool for joint programming and joint implementation.
  • Promoting effective participation of local stakeholders in the design, implementation and monitoring of the rehabilitation or construction of works allows greater ownership and could contribute to greater efficiency in the use of resources, decentralization of some processes and actions and strengthen local management.


Lessons learned:

  • Organized and empowered groups are the key to local development, this accompanied by adequate management increases the probability of sustainability.
  • The JPs must work harder to maintain communication and achieve a coordinated inter-agency cooperation to avoid duplication of efforts and resources.
  • Alliances with key partners have been very important for the implementation of program activities. These partners and strategic alliances to ensure positioning and continuity
  • Inter-agency cooperation is key to the implementation of the joint program, but requires political will and special administrative regulations to make it feasible.
  • A single intervention strategy can achieve harmonization and alignment, efficiency and effectiveness
  • The Coordination Unit has played a key role in joint interagency work. The results based management model constitutes the basis for the implementation of the Joint Programme.
  • The joint development of operational plans (both technically and financially) and development-both processes facilitated by the Coordinator- provided a holistic view to the implementation process. 


More details can be found in the documents below.

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