Environment and Resources

Project: A Randomized Evaluation of the Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) 2.0 Program in Tanzania

Project Duration

01/2016 - 12/2019 (current)

Commissioned by

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Project Team (RWI)

Prof. Dr. Nathan Fiala (Chief), Annekathrin Schoofs


Innovations for Poverty Action, Tanzania; University of Turin, Italy; Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK; University of Connecticut, USA


Youth unemployment is an increasing concern in developing countries, including Tanzania. Many governments and international organizations are encouraging self-employment through micro- and small-enterprise development as a solution. Because many young people do not have the skills or interest to start businesses, high quality skills training programs are needed. TechnoServe’s Strengthening Rural Youth through Enterprise Development (STRYDE 2.0) program uses a unique and intensive soft-skills approach to training. The intervention trains youth on basic life and career skills and later links them with employers or supports them in developing microenterprises. This evaluation will determine the impact of the STRYDE 2.0 program on several economic and social outcomes using a randomized controlled trial.