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GAME looking into the Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa – and especially Somalia – is challenged by instability. There is an explicit lack of opportunities for the young people under 30 years, who make up an astonishing 70 % of the population in Somalia. With one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world, the restlessness is growing. This calls for new solutions and ideas to empower the youth and increase their opportunities in life.

Street sports have a role to play in fragile societies to prevent conflicts and build a more stable and better future. Over the past decade GAME has shown proof of concept when it comes to street sports and youth leadership. In 2014 GAME had more 80,000 visits at its practices, tournaments, workshops, and open gyms in 42 neighborhoods in Denmark and Lebanon.

This is why GAME is looking into establishing a local branch of GAME – a community based outreach initiative, capable of delivering lasting social change through youth-led street sports and culture in Somaliland.

Key Facts about Somalia

  • Somalia is ranked number 165 out of 170 countries on UNDP’s Human Development Index (Human Development). Somalia’s development and humanitarian condition is among the worst in the world
  • Over 70 percent of the residents are under 30 years old
  • The youth of Somalia may well continue to grow due to the high birth rate of about 6.2 births per woman between 2010 and 2015
  • Total unemployment in Somalia among 15-64 year olds is estimated at 54 per cent. Unemployment has risen from 47 per cent in 2002
  • 2/3 of all young people between 14 and 29 years are affected by unemployment – one of the highest figures in the world.
  • Worst is the situation of young women with an unemployment rate of 74 per cent
  • The unemployment rate among young men is at 61pct. o Life expectancy in Somalia is 50 years. This is an increase from 47 years in 2001
  • Over 60pct. of young people are planning to leave Somalia in the hope of a better life.
  • Somalia is one of the worst countries for women to live in. Gender-based violence and discrimination against Somali women is widespread

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