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Enhancing entrepreneurial skills of youth

UNDP and Citi Foundation join forces to promote youth entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka through its flagship initiative – Youth Co:Lab Technopreneurship for Social Change Programme.

This programme, which is currently in its third year, is supported by the National Youth Services Council and Cisco Systems Inc.

Youth Co-Lab, Co-created in 2017 by UNDP and the Citi Foundation, aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

In Sri Lanka, the programme uses innovative Cisco Networking Academy e-learning modules to connect young people, which make up over 4.4million of Sri Lanka’s population, with up todate learning material to improve their digitization capabilities in contributing to the economy.

Recognizing the successes and highlighting some of the entrepreneurs who have kick started their initiatives following their participation of the programme, an event was held recently in Colombo bringing together all partners and young people.

Speaking at the event, Country Officer for Citi Sri Lanka, Ravin Basnayake stated “Youth Co: Lab’s approach of listening to young people, and empowering them to drive business solutions that address our country’s most pressing issues is how real change happens,” Citi Country Officer Sri Lanka Ravin Basnayake said. He further added, “We believe that only by joining forces together with public and private sector, social partners, civil society and beyond can we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”

UNDP Sri Lanka Resident Representative, Jorn Sorensen stated, “Youth engagement is something that I am passionate about and this is why I am particularly proud of this programme because we are reaching out to some of the farthest youth who otherwise do not have the opportunity to enhance their digital and entrepreneurial skills.” 

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