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In Indonesia, Empower Youth for Work will improve employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people. It will support equal relations and opportunities for young women and men, and help them raise their voice in decision-making. We aim to improve their sexual and reproductive health rights and reduce overall vulnerability to climate change.

Oxfam in Indonesia has the vision that people in Indonesia will live equitably and free from injustice of poverty, enjoy their rights, and are resilient in times of disasters. We believe in a world without poverty and that Oxfam can have a meaningful impact in Indonesia when we link up with strategic allies that are capable of empowering poor women and men and their organisations to become frontrunners in overcoming poverty, vulnerability and inequality.  Oxfam in Indonesia and its partners are part of a global movement that is capable of creating lasting solutions for poverty and inequality. Women and girls are at the heart of all we do and Oxfam strategically supports them. We believe that women, together with young people, can be the champions of change in their own lives, in that of their families, communities and in the society as a whole.

In Indonesia, Empower Youth for Work focuses on two islands: Sulawesi and Java. In the targeted provinces over 10% of the population live under the poverty line. South Sulawesi has abundant sea-based natural resources, but does not maximise these to create jobs and employment that can attract youth. West Java has the highest unemployment—1.7 million, 60% of which are junior high school graduates—despite being located near the capital city of Jakarta. Given the untapped potential of local natural resources we will strengthen opportunities in markets based on these resources, such as seaweed, coastal tourism and fishery.

For real change to happen, we address the causes of the gendered exclusion of young people from economic participation. We will develop new models, improved practices and policies that will last long after the programme ceases and which will lead to productive and decent employment in sectors that promote climate change resilience. Changes seen will include increased access of youth to training, business support services and finance. In addition they will have improved sexual and reproductive health and rights, and connect to youth coalitions and networks.


  • Key achievements year 3 (July 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019)

    • EYW in Indonesia is empowering young people in three provinces through a series of interventions which build their agency and skills and help them find employment. By the end of year 3, we had reached 1,185 young people through soft skills training.
    • Because the ICT literacy rate in rural coastal areas is lower than it is in the cities, we have tailor-made the ICT module to better match employer demands and we are working with ICT volunteer networks to run pop-up ICT classes. So far, we have supported 669 youth with ICT literacy training, giving them a basic understanding of ICT for business.
    • EYW is collaborating with the respective district governments, young people, community leaders and private sector actors  in targeted provinces. As of year 3 it is also getting support from Karang Taruna, a youth organization created by the Ministry of Social Affairs, which is collaborating in EYW activities in all three provinces.


Read the latest news, personal stories, research and other information from the Empower Youth for Work programme in Indonesia.


For more information about Empower Youth for Work in Indonesia please contact:

Faqih Aulia, Campaign and influencing Officer

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