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YouLead!

YouLead! will improve technical and vocational education to increase the employability of young people in Sri Lanka, where youth unemployment is high. YouLead! will undertake activities that support and strengthen students, teachers, and institutions. For students, YouLead! will improve the quality and availability of career counseling, aligning tools and counselor training with in-demand jobs and skills and high-growth sectors. The program will ensure that high-quality career counseling is equally available to traditionally underserved groups, including rural youth, girls and young women, and ethnic minorities. For teachers and institutions, the program will work closely with key government ministries and private and public training institutes to design and improve educational and vocational training curriculum, always with a market-driven approach. Volunteers are integrated throughout the program, with a total of more than 5,000 days of volunteer support.

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Capacity Building and Change Management Program with the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock

IESC worked to revitalize Afghanistan’s war-torn agricultural sector by providing direct support and assistance to the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. Through the Capacity Building and Change Management Program (CBCMP), IESC worked in partnership with Afghan leadership to develop the ministry's evidence-based decision-making, process improvement, and human resource capacity, which in turn allowed MAIL to provide greater and more meaningful support to Afghanistan’s agricultural sector.  In this program, Afghan change management specialists worked side-by-side with ministry staff to mentor them through the process of modernizing ministry operations and building a capable and effective ministry. The program created a contract and grant management services unit to enhance the ministry’s ability to manage international donor funds and assist the agricultural sector throughout Afghanistan.

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Capacity Building and Change Management Program-II with the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock

In 2014, IESC was selected to implement the successor program to CBCMP. Afghanistan’s agricultural sector faces enormous challenges, from abandoned orchards to broken irrigation and transportation infrastructure to lack of training and personnel. And yet about 80 percent of the country’s population depends on the sector, either directly or indirectly. The CBCMP II program is working to strengthen the human and institutional capacity of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). The program also helps the provincial Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAILs) effectively deliver agricultural public services to farmers and herders and strengthen linkages between MAIL and the DAILs. The program focuses on key directorates within MAIL, 20 DAILs, and 50 district offices in Afghanistan’s agricultural region. Strengthening Afghanistan’s agriculture sector is important for food security and income generation and is a key factor in building the confidence of the Afghan people in their government.

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Capacity Building of Cambodia’s Local Organizations Program

Through the Capacity Building of Cambodia’s Local Organizations Program (CBCLO), IESC is working to build the capacity of Cambodia’s local NGOs to manage donor-funded programs directly. Experienced Cambodian development professionals work with local organizations and highly qualified volunteer experts to provide organizational assessments and targeted technical assistance. The program gives training in financial management, USAID rules and regulations, procurement, administration, monitoring and evaluation, and governance, among other topics.  It also performs risk assessments and financial reviews of local capacity development organizations to identify potential weaknesses and areas for improvement. CBCLO supports a broad range of Cambodian NGOs working across health, agriculture, and governance sectors.

To date, the program has developed 13 training curricula, adapted to the local context and available in English and Khmer and delivered training to 92 Cambodian NGOs.

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