THE unemployment rate amongst youth in the Kunene Region stands at a whopping 53.0% which translates to 12 776 people, while 11 328 are employed.
According to the 2018 labour force survey of the Namibia Statistic Agency (NSA), the labour force in the region stands at 24 104, and those outside the labour force at 8 720 people.
As part of addressing youth unemployment in the region, the regional council continues to work around the clock to address the issues faced by the youth in the region, at the same time creating platforms for them to ensure employment creation.
Hence, the regional council continues to fund community members through the micro-financing programme to start their own businesses or expand their Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Regional spokesperson Tulimekondjo Pandeni said once people receive a financial boost from the regional council through the micro-financial programme, they not only create self-employed but also for those in their surroundings.
“The objective is to promote SME’s productivity and competitiveness through higher efficiency and better quality of products and services. It is also a way of improving the socio-economic condition of beneficiaries, their families and the communities around them,” she said.
In the financial year 2021/22, eight people benefited from the council’s micro-financing programme, which has not only resulted in income generation but also the creation of employment.
Council has also created temporary employment for able bodied rural communities and in the process fixed and maintained community infrastructure within the region through the 15 cash/food for work projects.
Pandeni explained that rural communities identify public projects they want to improve or establish and once approved, they will be supplied with materials. In return, Council compensates their labour with either food rations or cash payments.
Further, the division of rural service in the regional council aims to assist people with materials such as pipes, fencing material, seeds and water tanks to start their gardens to reduce the number of food insecure and malnourished people in the region.
“Through such donations community members alike establish gardens and employ community members to work there where harvests are shared for members to feed their households as well as sell to gain an income. This we believe has also contributed to someone having temporary or seasonal employment and income,” she said.
Pandeni added that the council has thus far assisted nine food security projects, with the hope to assist more in the financial year 2022/23.