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Banyan Global is taking a three-pronged approach to the COVID-19 crisis that focuses on responding in the short-term; planning for long-term recovery; and building resilience for sustainability. Recognizing that COVID-19 is not just a health crisis but is disrupting every aspect of life, from education to livelihoods and from agricultural production to supply-chain and trade bottlenecks, Banyan Global is working synergistically across its practice areas to take a multisectoral approach. Additionally, Banyan Global’s response, recovery, and resilience-building efforts are gendered, socially inclusive, and targeted to the needs of the marginalized, who have been hit hardest by this crisis.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Honduras Workforce Development Activity, Empleando Futuros (Employing Futures), is addressing the social and economic isolation that contributes to violence in Honduras head on. In 2018, Empleando Futuros began exploring ways to provide employment and entrepreneurship training for youth who were either former gang members or had previously been in conflict with the law.
In Ethiopia, women farmers achieve agricultural yields that are up to 35 percent lower than that of their male counterparts. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity (FTFE VCA) addresses barriers to success for women farmers through a peer mentorship program. Banyan Global, as a subcontractor to Fintrac, leads the program’s implementation.
There are many reasons why a young person living in Honduras might feel unprepared to face life’s challenges. Banyan Global leads the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Empleando Futuros (Employing Futures) project in Honduras, working to create more and better economic opportunities for Honduran youth in their home country while also working to decrease the levels of violence that contribute to instability and lack of access to sustained employment.
In Honduras, young people sometimes find it is difficult to be hired, as employers discriminate against former gang members, citizens with ties to gangs, and even people living in communities with known gang activity. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Empleando Futuros project is working with the private sector in Honduras to break these stereotypes and ensure that the project equips young people with the skills that the labor market needs.
Employment opportunities for youth in Honduras are few and far between, especially in the country’s high crime “hot spots.” Banyan Global is implementing the five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Empleando Futuros (Employing the Future) project that targets at-risk youth in the country, providing job training and placement through a comprehensive and inclusive multi-pronged approach.