Supporting a Generation of Skilled Youth 

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USAID JAPRI participants get to know each other. USAID cultivates entrepreneurship skills on production, pricing, marketing and how to create a business plan to poor and vulnerable youth aged 18-34. These young entrepreneurs will receive business coaching and mentoring for eight months on how to tackle business challenges. Along the way, they participate in USAID’s facilitated marketplace opportunities to showcase their business to potential buyers, financial institutions and business associations.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to earn an income to support themselves and their families. Through the Kunci initiative and in partnership with the Government of Indonesia, the United States seeks to equip tens of thousands of poor and vulnerable youth with the skills and resources they need to unlock their potential and compete in Indonesia’s job market.

Roughly half of Indonesia’s population is under the age of 30, reflecting the country’s huge workforce potential. However, youth unemployment hovers steadily around 20 percent, and efforts to boost employment and fix workforce issues are unfocused. Coordinated improvements to all the stages of employment could help Indonesia unlock the full promise of its human resources, stimulate inclusive economic growth, and improve the wellbeing of its most economically marginalized citizens.


USAID Mitra Kunci (‘key partners’ in Indonesian), advances a more robust and dynamic workforce in
Indonesia. The project aligns with Indonesia’s development priorities and provides technical expertise to the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Manpower to uncover holistic solutions to challenges hindering the productivity of Indonesia’s workforce. The interlocking set of activities hones in on specific workforce development challenges:  

  • Sinergi matches poor and vulnerable youth to relevant job skills;

  • progresif (pro generasi kerja inklusif) facilitates inclusive employment by training vocational centers on best practices in inclusive education and accessibility while increasing engagement of businesses on (an online hub for job-seekers with disabilities); 

  • The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Initiative works with the private sector to adopt GESI principles in human resource policies.

  • The Employment and Economic Empowerment of People with Disabilities program advances inclusive workforce development in East Java, one of Indonesia’s most densely populated provinces; and 

  • Kuliah Kerja Nyata (Student Community Service in Entrepreneurship) partners with 13 higher education institutions to enhance the creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills of thousands of students through community service entrepreneurship.


Last updated: August 04, 2021

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