Hi, my name is Moses Agbara, I live in Abuja – Nigeria and work with a nonprofit called Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA). My team and I recently delved into the realm of systems thinking by jointly taking a course on the acumenacademy.org platform, as sponsored by the Omidyar group, in a bid to understand the complexities in systems and to make our work at YiSHDA more profound. (This was discussed in a previous blog by Felicia Chavez on the Systems Thinking Marin website.) We had the single task of choosing a systems challenge to analyze as a precursor to completing the course and also strengthening our approach to issues in the youth development space.
The systems challenge we chose to tackle is “Youth unemployment in Nigeria.” This is because youth unemployment is the bedrock of many societal ills in Nigeria, from acts of terrorism, rising cases of financial frauds, armed robbery, prostitution and poverty to mention a few. Tackling this challenge is important to us because it will lead to a more prosperous Nigerian society.
This course begins with the team developing a Guiding Star, Near Star, and Framing Question.
A transformed economic system, backed by formidable policies that provides equal opportunities for the gainful employment of skilled and competent youth workforce, improving the quality of life for all.
Track the implementation of Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan across all levels of government in a bid to review progress, gaps and make recommendations as needed.
What are the factors inhibiting the effective implementation of the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan across all levels of government in Nigeria?