This report summarises interim findings of the Youth Employment
Grant (YEG) pilot programme targeted at youth (aged between 18-35 years) in the Mathare slum area of Nairobi. The purpose of the pilot is to test whether cash grants are a feasible and effective tool to improve the economic outcomes of urban youth and the informal economy.
This report highlights some of the evidence to date on the impact of the intervention on the lives and livelihoods of the selected young people. The project is providing interesting insights into how urban youth in Africa; manage and invest cash, start and operate businesses; utilise smartphones – in particular, how they access and use the internet, social media and digital financial services.