After Eight Years, Active Labour Market Programmes for Youth Completes Phase One
After eight very successful years, United Nations Development Programme closed the first phase of Active Labour Market Programmes for Youth (ALMP) in a ceremony that took place on Tuesday, 8 July.
The project strived to address one of Kosovo’s main development challenges – namely, the “supply side” causes of the high rate of youth unemployment, which are related to the employability of its workforce and the institutional links for their inclusion in the labour market, especially of vulnerable groups facing high risks of long-term exclusion. It attempted to ameliorate this problem by creating functional institutional links between young jobseekers and employers that would enable the former to gain skills and critical first experiences in the labour market.
ALMP’s strategic approach was to engage with beneficiaries at different levels: a) by developing systems and providing direct service delivery for unemployed youth through active labour market measures; b) by providing capacity building for local institutions that would eventually enable them to manage active labour market policies and programmes on their own.
During its eight-year lifespan (2005-2013), the project directly served 11,241 individual beneficiaries and numerous enterprises by placing jobseekers in enterprises through one of its employment measures. The project also supported the development of critical technical capacities within Kosovo’s institutions for the administration of active labour market measures. This included not only the provision of trainings for personnel, but also substantial financial and technical support for the development of the legal and administrative basis as well as critical information tools for labour market administration and policy-making.
ALMP managed to, on average, reach 94% of targeted beneficiaries each year, while also succeeding to achieve its demographic objectives, especially with regard to more vulnerable groups such as women (45%), minorities (14%) and youth aged 15-29 (65%). External evaluations confirmed that the project had a considerable impact on the long-term job prospects of beneficiaries, as 38-46% of them found jobs after being placed in one of the schemes.
All these, and more, were presented at the closing ceremony with participation of His Excellency Jan Braathu Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Mr. Nenad Rašić –Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, and Ms. Steliana Nedera, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative.