Participatory Development Associates (PDA), the Ghana Learning Partner of the MasterCard Foundation funded Youth Forward Initiative has organised a 2 day training workshop for mentors and coaches of the MASO Business Academy at Yiri Lodge, University of Ghana – Legon. The workshop was organised from the 2nd to 3rd February 2017. The training was held to design indicators for monitoring the MASO Business Academy and Incubation outputs and outcomes. It was also to train coaches and mentors on the use of mobile App for the collection of data for monitoring and learning.
The programme was opened by Glowen Kyei Mensah, the Managing Director of PDA who emphasised on the need for participatory knowledge sharing and learning in the field so as to enable the team identify what works or do not work, and stressed the reasons behind their successes or failures. She also called for effective monitoring and close working relationship between the coaches, mentors, implementing and learning partners in order to ensure that a workable model is built and well documented for easy replication in the future.
The 2 day workshop facilitated by PDA served as a platform that brought together some members of the MASO Consortium under the Youth Forward Initiative. Participants of the workshop were from Solidaridad, Ashesi Univesity, MASO Business Academy Coaches and Young Entrepreneurs who are Mentors supporting the implementation of the MASO Business Academy.
The Youth Forward initiative is a partnership led by The MasterCard Foundation, Overseas Development Institute, Global Communities, Solidaridad, NCBA-CLUSA and GOAL. Its focus is to link young people to quality employment or to start their own businesses in the agriculture and construction sectors in Ghana and Uganda. Youth Forward works with economically disadvantaged out-of-school youth between the ages of 15-24 to improve their capacity to achieve sustainable livelihood by combining market-relevant skills training, mentorship programmes, internships and access to financial services. PDA works as the Learning Partner on the Youth Forward Initiative in Ghana
Credit: Ethel Boateng/PDA