The Akazi Kanoze Youth Livelihoods Project begins as a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project implemented by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in collaboration with multiple local and international partners. Akazi Kanoze equips Rwandan out-of-school youth with market-relevant life and work readiness training and support, hands-on training opportunities, and links into the employment and self-employment job market.
Akazi Kanzoe celebrates more than 10,000 youth trained in the work readiness curriculum. EDC has continued to develop supplemental programs to work readiness, in order to better serve the needs of youth to enable lifelong livelihood opportunities.
We know a good thing when we see it. USAID extends the Akazi Kanoze project to continue supporting workforce development and youth livelihoods across Rwanda.
In recognition of the success of Akazi Kanoze alumni, The MasterCard Foundation partnered with EDC to scale up the Akazi Kanoze program within the Ministry of Education by integrating it in general secondary and TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) schools. This scale up is commonly known as Akazi Kanoze 2 (AK2).
As of 2015, USAID's Akazi Kanoze project is supporting the creation Akazi Kanoze Access (AKA) as a local, Rwandan Non-Governmental Organization to continue expanding the Akazi Kanoze services available to Rwandan youth, from work readiness training to internships to job shadowing. Akazi Kanoze Access is committed to working with Rwandan and international youth-serving organizations in order to expand transition to work services available to Rwandan youth. To date, more than 18,000 youth have gone through the Akazi Kanoze program.