Scale and Sustainability Study
The Akazi Kanoze youth education and livelihoods project in Rwanda
Akazi Kanoze is a four-year, US$9.8 million project funded by USAID under the EQUIP3 leader with associates award that serves youth ages 14–35 with the objectives of:
- increasing their capability of earning a livelihood through connecting them to appropriate life and work readiness training, and
- building the capacity of local institutions (government, private sector, and civil society) "to better prepare youth for work, and connect them to personal development, employment and self‐employment opportunities" (EDC, 2011a).
The study was designed to answer the following questions:
- What scaling up of AK that has occurred to date?
- What is the potential for the future scaling up and sustainability of AK?
- What can be put in place to ensure future scaling up and sustainability of the program?
- What are the lessons learned in AK that might assist in improving the scaling up and sustainability of other USAID-funded youth workforce development projects?
This study utilized a mixed-method approach that included document review, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and quantitative data analysis.