Bridging the Gap: A Market Assessment of Economic Opportunities for Youth and Women in Mombasa

The Market Assessment of Economic Opportunities for Youth and Women in Mombasa holds immense significance on a broader scale. By conducting this assessment, the ICHA team from Policy & Advocacy, Climate, Data, and CVA units, with the support of the FSPI project, aims to address the systemic challenges faced by young people and women in accessing economic opportunities.

Market Assessment

The assessment focuses on identifying employment and entrepreneurship prospects in the industrial, informal, and formal sectors. This comprehensive evaluation enables the recognition of existing industries ripe for growth, as well as the identification of opportunities for new industries. By understanding the economic landscape, the assessment empowers decision-makers and stakeholders to make informed choices that will foster economic development.

Moreover, the assessment sheds light on the challenges young people and women encounter, such as limited access to capital, education, finance, markets, and business and professional skills. Recognizing these hurdles is crucial for implementing targeted interventions that bridge the gaps and create an enabling environment for economic empowerment.

The findings of the market assessment report provide valuable insights into the economic opportunities available to young people and women in Mombasa. This information serves as a roadmap for the Kenya Red Cross Society’s Innovation Unit and other stakeholders to design and scale up training and support programs. These initiatives aim to equip young people and women with the necessary skills in financial management, marketing, and business planning. By addressing knowledge gaps and enhancing their capabilities, the programs enable participants to access capital and markets effectively, unlocking their potential for success.

Market Assessment

Additionally, the assessment report serves as a guiding document for establishing business incubation centers in collaboration with local partners. These centers provide mentorship and coaching to young people and women entrepreneurs, creating a nurturing environment for their growth and development. By fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, these initiatives contribute to job creation, economic resilience, and sustainable economic growth.

On a broader scale, it is significant as it paves the way for creating a sustainable environment for economic growth and development. By addressing the identified challenges and leveraging the opportunities, the efforts of the Kenya Red Cross Society, local partners, and the community contribute to improving the lives of young people and women. The initiatives promote financial independence, gender equality, and inclusive economic progress, ultimately strengthening the social fabric and fostering a more prosperous and equitable society.

In conclusion, the market assessment of economic opportunities for youth and women in Mombasa is crucial for driving positive change. By providing insights into the available opportunities and challenges, the assessment catalyzes targeted interventions that empower young people and women, enabling them to tap into their potential and contribute to the economic development of the region.