PAPER PRESENTATION ON "ELIF GLOBAL
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT CREATION 2006
INITIATIVE’ AT THE THIRD GLOBAL YOUTH
THTHEMPLOYMENT SUMMIT KENYA, 13 – 16
THEME: Creating markets: unleashing entrepreneurship in 8 emerging
employment sectors for Youth.
ELIF Business Solutions
Mukas Trading Complex
Lusaka, Zambia 10101
firstname.lastname@example.org Prepared & presented by Edwin Zulu
Former – YES – Zambia Communications Co-coordinator
CEO – ELIF Business Solutions 1
Director – Chawama Agro Marketing Project
TABLE OF CONTENT
(i) Cover (ii) Table of Content 1 Background
3 Main Objective
4 Specific Objectives
5 The Potential and Capacity of renewable energy to
contribute to sustainable youth employment creation 6 The Potential and Capacity of Information
communications technology (ICTs) to contribute to
sustainable youth employment creation 7 The Potential and Capacity of Business and Project
development support services to contribute to
sustainable youth employment creation 8 The need and benefit of Global Youth employment
creation and equity through mutual multi-sectoral
11 Case studies in Zambia and India
12. Youth ICT-based enterprises development
methodology or approach
13. Glossary 2
ELIF and the Proprietor Edwin Zulu in the last few years have been involved in various
Business and Project development support services to underserved communities which
include : Youth , Women and SMEs. ELIF ‘s Vision is to provide: Leadership in Media
Communications , Marketing and Business or Project development.
The Author is a Zambian citizen born on 20th July, 70 in Ndola Town. Did his Primary
School in Kabwe Town, at 10 in grade five was appointed School Red Cross club
Chairman at Chibwe Primary School. During this time as Chairman , he was monthly
assigned by the School Patron or Teacher in-charge of the club by the name of Mr.
Mwaanga asked to represent him at monthly & quarterly Provincial Patrons meetings
which were held in Kabwe Town. It was at this time that the Author went in to Public
life and started being involved in planning and development meetings.
At the same time Author also initiated his first Project initiative to help create revenue
for the sustainable operations and management of the School Red-Cross club and this
Project was about buying flour and making bans and fritters which were sold to fellow
students. He was helped by the Provincial Red - Cross Secretary, who was also the
Provincial labour officer at the time, who introduced him to the Regional Manager for
Kabwe National milling, who later. Introduced him to the Managers of the former :
ZCBC, Mwaiseni stores and the National wholesale e.t.c.
It was during this interaction and doing business with these Executives that he was
adequately mentored, inspired and encouraged to stay Visionary. Later in the Years at
High School at Chiwala Technical High School, he initiated the re-establishment of the
JETS club which was temporary closed and become the Secretary and Chief organizer
from grade Ten to Twelve 1986 – 1989. During this time he initiated School visits to
Production, Scientific, Engineering and Technical Businesses and Companies.
After high school he joined the former ZCBC and was later appointed as Business
Administration Management trainee at NIEC School of Business Studies and also
sponsored to do marketing with CIM and worked as a Shop Manager 1991 – 1994.
In 1994 after leaving the former ZCBC, he joined Chibote meat Co-operation as a Sales
Rep only for six months and established his own Roan Minimart & Butchery , which
turn out to be the best shopping point in Chelston at that time for bread, meats ,eggs and
other groceries 1994 – 1997. it was at this time that he was invited by the former Director and Permanent of the Ministry of Youth Sport and Child development Mr.
Bernard Simpokolwe and formerly invited him to be involved in the Youth programmes
that Government was working on i.e: by then the established Constituency Youth
Project fund. Here he initiated and was funded a K1,500,000 to promote : Kabanana
Youth Poultry Project.
At the same time he worked with a group of women and the Community to initiate a
Rural Investment Fund Project, Chawama Agro Marketing Project (CAMP) and managed
to acquire a project funding of USD35,000 =00 in 1997 and put a 240 metric tones
storage shed, with a conference room for 30 plus people, a 9m x 5m shop and an
executive office in Mukonchi farming area. Between 2000 and 2006, Edwin has worked
on a number of Marketing, Business and Project development activities on advisory and
In 2003 he was trained by the World Bank Group in carbon finance/ CDM project
formulation in Maputo , Mozambique and also appointed to be part of the World Bank
Group Y2Y renewable initiative (Youth to Youth Renewable Initiative) which is a Global
forum encouraging Youth Professions at the World Bank Headquarters and around the
World to network and develop new ideas on renewable energy and new technology
At the same time during the same time he has worked on information communication
technology for development projects focusing on helping youth and women developing ,
establishing and managing their own ICT based enterprises, which he and his company
ELIF – Won an Award 2005 from Manchester University for supporting developing women ICT based enterprises and given an opportunity to be part of the team to
contribute to development of a developing Women ICT based enterprise hand book at an
international conference which was held in Trivadrum, Kerala, South India August –
ELIF in coming up with this initiative , realizes and appreciate the Zambian Government
Vision of contributing to National Social – Economic development through the putting
aside of K8 Billion for ICT4D rolling out to the under served Communities and Rural
areas of Zambia through the Communication Authority of Zambia (CAZ). At the same
the Government of Zambia in its 2006 budget declaration of the zero rating of all
importation of all computer parts as away to contribute to ICT4D development i.e:
computer assembly and related works and bridging the digital divide.
This paper presentation is an initiative to launch a Global Youth Employment Creation
programme: “ELIF Global youth employment creation 2006 initiative ‘to be launched
during the Kenya Yes-Global Summit. This programme has been developed in line with
one of the summit’s sub – themes: creating markets: unleashing entrepreneurship in 8
emerging employment sectors for Youth.
This paper‘s presentation is expected to focus on three main areas based on the authors real- life background and experiences with National ,Regional and Global Policies and
Projects and these sub-sectors which include:
? Renewable energy for Youth employment
? Information communications Technology for development (ICT4D) for Youth
? Business and Project development support services for youth employment.
This initiative is to be Co-ordinated by ELIF Business Solutions in Zambia in close
collaborations with all would be established Country Youth Employment - networks,
National Universities, Colleges, ICT/IT Companies, the UN and all interest in Youth
Here ELIF realizes that sustainable Youth Employment creation can be achieved through
effective Youth Renewable Energy and ICT4D entrepreneurship promotion and
development. It is also realized that renewable energy development has a multiplier
effects on development and Youth Employment creation, since access and effective use
of Energy or Power helps the Community and Nations to achieve social – economic
We also realize that both renewable energy and ICTs are labour intensive, also needs
flexibility, energy and high intellect, while the Youth are at the same time we see the
Youth to be the most energetic, flexible and with flesh minds to take up the new energy /
power and ICT Technological advancements for the benefit of all, the nation and the
World at large.
We also realize that the efficient use and applications of ICT4D has the potential and
capacity to contribute to mass Global Youth Employment both for the less developed,
developing and developed World.
ELIF in this initiative aims to contribute to solving this global Youth unemployment
through the promotion and establishment of multi-stakeholders partnership with the
Youth, NGOs, CBOs, Governments, the Cooperating partners, Donors, Bilaterals , Multi-
laterals, the Yes – Country Networks and the YES – Global in promoting and ICT4D Youth businesses and Projects in Zambia, COMESA Region, whole of Africa and
Globally. Here ELIF aims to reach out to the all World through the concept of
franchising , strategic partnerships and sub – contracting of specialized Consultants and the effective use of ICTs in Business and Projects development.
Therefore, ELIF emphasis the need for concerted efforts with out jealous and
discrimination. But equity for all based on self – Interest, willingness and commitment to
take up the challenges that this program or initiative brings ii our Global efforts to
counter the current global Youth unemployment and poverty.
3. MAIN OBJECTIVE
To promote and facilitate Global Youth Employment creation and equity through
renewable energy, information communication technologies for development (ICT 4D),
Business & Project development support services.
4. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
o To elaborate on the potential and capacity of renewable energy in Youth
o To elaborate on the potential and capacity of information communications
technologies for development (ICT4D) for youth employment creation.
o To elaborate on the potential and capacity of business and project development
services in Youth employment creation.
o To elaborate on the need and benefit for Global Youth Employment Creation,
equity and mutual multi – sectoral partnerships i.e: private sector , NGOs, CBOs,
Co-operating partners , Governments and Youth.
5. THE POTENTIAL AND CAPACITY OF RENEWABLE ENERGY TO
CONTRIBUTE TO SUSTAINABLE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT CREATION.
Zambia like many developing Countries has a low electricity or energy penetration with a total of 22% and only 2% covering our vast rural areas. At the same time lack of energy limits the penetration of development and technology advancements.
Hence the renewable energy has the potential and capacity to contribute to sustainable Youth employment creation development. Here Youth can either be renewable
entrepreneurs and employees and these activities may include:
Biodiesel production has potential to create up to 300 direct and indirect jobs out of every 1000 ha of Jatropha cultivated, solar energy panels production and marketing. Developing of mini- Hydros in various parts of Zambia and all other Countries that are using foils fuels i.e: Diesel for electricity generation. Production and use of biomass / biomass to electricity / gasses, molasses to methane e.t.c
At the same time, following the Kyoto Protocol, Zambia and other developing Countries have an opportunity to tap in other new resources and opportunities under the carbon finance or CDM to carry out a number of activities with at least 50% support available through the World Bank – Group carbon finance programme, other bilateral and
multilateral donors through carbon credits trading.
It is also interesting to note that the energy or renewable energy industry has a lot of successful and ready proven Technologies for use or replication with only the pre – sort
permission or on consultancy basis.