Hanga Ahazaza is a $50 million, five-year initiative focused on increasing employment opportunities for young people while expanding the tourism and hospitality sector in Rwanda.
Each year, 125,000 young people are expected to join the labour force in Rwanda, but they face significant barriers to employment.
More than 65 percent of youth between the ages of 14 and 35 are considered underemployed.
Growth in Rwanda’s tourism and hospitality sector is a key national priority. It’s vital to reducing poverty, improving youth employability, and moving the nation to middle-income status. The sector will have or create an estimated 151,000 jobs by 2030.
Hanga Ahazaza will equip 30,000 young men and women with the skills they need to transition into jobs in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Young people will receive training in communications, customer service, ICT, and digital literacy skills.
To ensure that training is aligned with national and global standards in the sector, the initiative facilitates coordination with training institutions, providers, and tourism associations to improve the quality and relevance of training materials. The initiative also connects young people with opportunities for employment where they will receive on-the-job training. Working with employers to identify their customer service and management needs, we will support their search for trained and certified staff for their businesses.
Hanga Ahazaza will also support entrepreneurs with small businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector through increased access to financial services and business development skills training so that they can create new employment opportunities for young people.