An Assessment of the Effects of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency Programme on Beneficiaries in the Dormaa East District of the Brong Ahafo Region

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The Government of Ghana in an attempt to create employment and improve the welfare of the people launched the National Youth Employment Programme in 2006. The policy was designed to specifically tackle the youth unemployment problem in the country. Its goal is to empower the young people to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the nation. Its principal objective is to support the youth to transit from a situation of unemployment to employment or to prepare school dropouts to continue their education. In this regard, all MMDAs in the country implemented some of the modules based on their local comparative advantage. Several researches conducted on the programme indicate an increasing level of employment, hence the study sought to assess the effects of the GYEEDA programme on beneficiaries in the Dormaa East District of the Brong Ahafo Region. The study employed both probability and non-probability sampling techniques. In selection of the 338 respondents for the questionnaire administration, a random sampling technique was used, whilst purposive sampling technique was employed in the selection of the programme coordinator for self-administered questionnaire and interviews. The study revealed that the standard of living of the beneficiaries has improved and this was measured by the income level, savings, place of residence, number of meals and quality of food and the job they do in the society. Findings from the study also indicated that the beneficiaries acquired number of skills during the programme which are sources of livelihood to the beneficiaries. However, the delay in the introduction of exit plan and payment of monthly allowance to the beneficiaries in the district iv poses problems to some beneficiaries as they exit the programme under poor conditions. The beneficiaries on the other hand complained of low intake as well as recruitment procedures. As matter of urgency, there is the need by government to address these challenges in a concerted manner through dialoguing with various stakeholders and also intensify public education on the programme. This will ensure the sustainability of the programme in Ghana.
A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Development Policy and Planning