Enhancing Employability & Leadership for Youth

Funded by:  Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and the Aga Khan Foundation, Canada (AKFC)
Project Duration:  6 Years (March 2011- March 2017)
Geographic Focus:  All Districts of Gilgit-Baltistan and district Chitral of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


To improve the socio-economic conditions of young men and women in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral (GBC)


  • To strengthen the engagement of youth leaders (both men and women) in partnership with state and civil society institutions and support programs and policies that improve conditions of youth in GBC

Key Targets

  • Outreach of leadership and institutional development: 29,400 youth
  • Indirect beneficiaries: 126,000 youth of GBC

Key Achievements

  • Over 900 young men and women received internship in collaboration with government and private sector institutions
  • 2,000 Youth trained in entrepreneurship
  • 300 Youth received start up Micro-Challenge Award to implement social and business ideas
  • Created the electronic youth portal for the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral region (www.gbcyouth.org.pk), which provides youth with access to information on employment, skills development and leadership opportunities;
  • 5,100 Youth received Life Skill Training and another 2,500 Youth received training on Young Community Leadership (YCLDP).
  • 5,600 Youth received services from supported Youth Organizations (YOs)
  • 5,000 youth (over 70% women) mobilized to take membership of 320 Community Based Saving Groups (CBSGs)
  • Ongoing support to over 50 Local Support Organizations (LSOs) for sustainability and implementing youth specific programs at union council level
  • Provided need based support to GB and district Government in Chitral to development and implement youth programs and policies
  • Support provided to GB Government to implement Diamer Youth Development Program through Diamer Poverty Alleviation Programme (DPAP)