Barclays Botswana in partnership with UNICEF has launched a project to help around 2,000 young people in two of Botswana's principal cities find employment.
The initiative is being launched in Gaborone and Francistown in the south and east of the country; cities which have a high concentration of some of the most disadvantaged young people.
"We are taking steps to help a particularly vulnerable group in Botswana. The practical skills we are providing, such as business-management, financial-literacy are strong drivers of employment prospects," said Rachael Barber, Director, Global Community Investment.
Almost one third of Botswana's population live below the poverty line. Young people experience high unemployment rates and are also disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS.
The project will provide skills training to tackle HIV and AIDS prevention, addiction to medication, and discrimination. In addition, young people will have access to practical and technical skills training and mentors to support them as they search for employment or start a business.
The project is part of Barclays global partnership with UNICEF, which includes a number of development projects around the world under the theme Building Young Futures.
Building Young Futures is a £5m, three-year partnership with UNICEF supporting projects in 14 countries and forms part of Barclays wider five-year flagship community investment programme, Banking on Brighter Futures.