LP4Y’s development plan for 2017-2019 will remain focused on South Asia. Half of the world's poorest Youth survive in this area.
The project is currently under study. It will be submitted to the votes of our Boards of Directors and launched as and when adequate funding can be secured. It has been presented at the General Meetings of May 2017.
Replicability of the LP4Y model
Having implanted 13 incubators in six major cities in Southeast Asia, in 2014 LP4Y expanded to South Asia, with bases for the first 4 pilot incubators in Delhi and Kolkata.
With the support of field teams and consultants of different nationalities, LP4Y is launching a major development project. We are planning to replicate on a large scale the model which has been operating in Southeast Asia since 2009, proving excellent results in its mission to achieve professional and social integration through entrepreneurship for Young victims of extreme poverty and exclusion. The situation of Young Adults at risk is so great in these big cities that innovative solutions are eagerly awaited. The project has received such encouragement that we are keen to implement it as soon as possible.
March 2017: Mumbai
After the installation of a team of 6 people in October 2016, LP4Y plans to open a first center and two programs in March 2017. This gigantic city of 22 million inhabitants includes the largest slums in Asia.
September 2017: Bangalore, Chennai, Chhattisgarh region
The 2017-2019 development project envisages the establishment of new centers in India: Bangalore, Pondicherry (one of the 3 Smart Cities for which France has promised support for development) and a large pilot project in the Chhattisgarh region, which has the lowest human development index in India.
September 2017: Kathmandou
Since the earthquake in April 2015 and despite financial aid from the international community, nothing has really changed in the Kathmandu region. The situation is dire, and solutions for the poorest Youth are nonexistent. The main challenge that the teams will have to
face is the creation of the integration ecosystem, because large international companies are rare and business opportunities are often limited by administrative or logistical constraints.
March 2018: Yangon
In Yangon (formerly Rangoon) the needs are considerable. At least 40 per cent of the population - or 5 million people - live in poverty or extreme poverty. Many neighborhoods consist of huts without water or electricity. The exclusion rate among Young Adults - out-of-school Youth, the uneducated, the unemployed - is unknown but certainly reaches alarming proportions. Young Adutls here, as everywhere else in the world, can either be actors of development when they have a decent job, or a considerable risk for societies when trafficking, prostitution, violence are their only means of survival. The question of education will be at the center of concerns in a country where schooling is not valued because it does not provide access to decent jobs, and where child workers number at least 4 million.
September 2018: Colombo
Local organizations looking for solutions for Youth employment reached out to LP4Y, and we will be integrating Sri Lanka into the South Asia project. Unemployment is particularly high among women and exclusion is a major problem in some communities; a pattern that resembles those encountered elsewhere.
September 2018: Dhaka
Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, but also one of the poorest. With over 160 million inhabitants and 30 million 15-24 year olds, the challenges of vocational education and access to employment for Youth are immense. Our project will consist in providing access to education for the most isolated, training, integration to decent employment and finally sustainable accompaniment of the Young Adults. Security issues will obviously have to be studied closely; French volunteers were repatriated after the most recent attacks in Bangladesh.