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  1. YAEDA SL

    In 2016 a young activist and a social work student by then named Fatmata Lamarana Bah, Lansana Fofanah (colleague student) and some founding members formed YAEDASL having witnessed first-hand pervasive unemployment and the unskilled situation of Youths within their respective communities.
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    The intention of the campaign is to organize a Healthcare Excellence award to thanks and recognise those who spend their days and nights taking care and making sure that Cameroonians enjoy a quality life as far as health is concerned.
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    ICANSL’s LearnTech initiative is designed to enable students from as young as 8 years gain basic computer knowledge and be able to utilize them in solving day to day challenges.
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Poverty

Sierra Leone’s social indicators are amongst the lowest in the world. It has one of the worst maternal mortality rates worldwide with 970 deaths per 100,000 live births, and approximately 41% of the population suffers from malnutrition. Rural areas account for the largest part of the population (66%) and the highest rate of people living below the poverty line (73% rural, 61% urban). In rural areas, 87% of young men (25-35) interviewed by McCloughlin et al (2013) were economically active, compared to 65% in urban areas. By contrast, 68% of urban youth (15-19) are in education compared to 43% in rural areas. According to Statistics Sierra Leone and the World Bank, the poverty headcount has reduced 2003-2011 by 44% in provincial urban areas and 16% in rural areas. In Freetown, however, the poverty headcount has increased by 52% in the same period, most likely driven by migration of the poor to the city. Now the question is, how are young people going to finance their dream on their own? That question lead us to the next problem.

Access to Capital

Sierra Leone’s social indicators are amongst the lowest in the world. It has one of the worst maternal mortality rates worldwide with 970 deaths per 100,000 live births, and approximately 41% of the population suffers from malnutrition. Rural areas account for the largest part of the population (66%) and the highest rate of people living below the poverty line (73% rural, 61% urban). In rural areas, 87% of young men (25-35) interviewed by McCloughlin et al (2013) were economically active, compared to 65% in urban areas. By contrast, 68% of urban youth (15-19) are in education compared to 43% in rural areas. According to Statistics Sierra Leone and the World Bank, the poverty headcount has reduced 2003-2011 by 44% in provincial urban areas and 16% in rural areas. In Freetown, however, the poverty headcount has increased by 52% in the same period, most likely driven by migration of the poor to the city. Now the question is, how are young people going to finance their dream on their own? That question lead us to the next problem.

Startup Incubation

Sierra Leone Startups Incubation

Since Sierra Leone gained its independence in 1961, there have was been an incubation hub for startups until in 2014 it had its first incubation hub. It now five years since the first incubation hub and yet Sierra Leone only have one incubation hub to date that aim to support the 1.7 Million youths in Sierra Leone. We believe the current incubation hub in Sierra Leone is not providing the support needed by youth-led enterprises. According to the current incubation hub, since 2014 when the incubation hub was officially launched, since then only 22 startups have benefited from their incubation, which means only 4 startups (on average) benefit from their incubation each year within the past 5 years. This is a very sad story to youth-led enterprises development in Sierra Leone. What makes it more devastating is that out of those 22 startups up to 75% are tech based startups. The reason is that the incubation hub focuses more on tech enterprises which made that a disadvantage for the other sectors.

Sierra Leone is among the poorest countries in the world.

Poverty

Sierra Leone’s social indicators are amongst the lowest in the world. It has one of the worst maternal mortality rates worldwide with 970 deaths per 100,000 live births, and approximately 41% of the population suffers from malnutrition. Rural areas account for the largest part of the population (66%) and the highest rate of people living below the poverty line (73% rural, 61% urban). In rural areas, 87% of young men (25-35) interviewed by McCloughlin et al (2013) were economically active, compared to 65% in urban areas. By contrast, 68% of urban youth (15-19) are in education compared to 43% in rural areas. According to Statistics Sierra Leone and the World Bank, the poverty headcount has reduced 2003-2011 by 44% in provincial urban areas and 16% in rural areas. In Freetown, however, the poverty headcount has increased by 52% in the same period, most likely driven by migration of the poor to the city.
Now the question is, how are young people going to finance their dream on their own? That question lead us to the next problem.

Access to Capital

Access to Capital

According to McLaughlin et al (2013), single young men with some secondary education are the most likely to be employed or self‐employed; young married women with no education are the least likely. All young people face challenges in access to capital, supply chains, and comprehensive skills. Pressures to contribute to household livelihoods prevent many young people from completing their education.
Most startups entrepreneurs get seed capital funding from friends and families, just not in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is the country when you explain your problem to someone instead for them to help you with a solution they will tell you “U yone beteh sef, if ar tel U me yone problem U go forget bout U yone”, meaning, you are better, if I tell you about my own problem you will forget about your own problem. Sierra Leone is like when you Google “I have a problem” instead of getting “Here are solutions to your problems” you will get Thousands of “I have a Problem”, so now the question is who do you go to for help?

Sierra Leone Startups Incubation

Startup Incubation

Since Sierra Leone gained its independence in 1961, there have was been an incubation hub for startups until in 2014 it had its first incubation hub. It now five years since the first incubation hub and yet Sierra Leone only have one incubation hub to date that aim to support the 1.7 Million youths in Sierra Leone.

We believe the current incubation hub in Sierra Leone is not providing the support needed by youth-led enterprises. According to the current incubation hub, since 2014 when the incubation hub was officially launched, since then only 22 startups have benefited from their incubation, which means only 4 startups (on average) benefit from their incubation each year within the past 5 years. This is a very sad story to youth-led enterprises development in Sierra Leone. What makes it more devastating is that out of those 22 startups up to 75% are tech based startups. The reason is that the incubation hub focuses more on tech enterprises which made that a disadvantage for the other sectors.