In 2003 UN-Habitat in partnership with local governments developed the One Stop Youth Resources Center programme. Since that time One Stops have been established across Africa, the latest being in Kismayo and Mogadishu, Somalia and Juba, South Sudan. The main objective of the One Stops is to establish a safe and generative public space that provides services such as employment and entrepreneurship training, access to health and recreation services, and a place to organize and make a positive impact on communities. To date the One Stop centres have serviced over 300,000 youth, with plans to expand to 10 more cities in the next 5 years.

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The success of One Stop Youth Centres is dependent on successful partnerships with local authorities and private sector. Through the programme, UN-Habitat identifies and mobilises diverse local partners who can contribute to youth empowerment.

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Douglas Ragan
Programme Management Officer Specialist, Children and Youth, Human Rights and Social Inclusion Unit
Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division