Five years of learning from youth, TVET partners, and employment systems.

Through the Via: Pathways to Work program, national TVET institutions and entrepreneurship partners in Mozambique and Tanzania equipped over 22,000 young people with work readiness life skills, career guidance, and/or entrepreneurship training. Graduates were more likely to secure permanent employment, earn increased income, and report increased satisfaction with their careers. Via's legacy is the integration of curricula and services by national TVET systems, and strengthening of networks connecting stakeholders.

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Via: Pathways to Work takes a systems approach to support the national technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems to be more responsive to the needs of young people and industry.



Working closely with national training authorities and TVET centers (VETA and IFPELAC), entrepreneurship partners (TECC) and labor market intermediaries (INEP) in both countries, IYF is facilitating sustainable changes by integrating life skills training and career support services in order to impact the 500,000 youth who the institutions reach each year. 

In addition, IYF is supporting trainers to use more learner-centered instructional techniques, as well as training administrators and managers to better use data to improve academic and on-the-job outcomes. These investments will continue to pay dividends by preparing future students and budding entrepreneurs to succeed in the world of work.

Youth Institution System

Learning is one of Via's essential pillars, with lessons informing Mastercard Foundation's and IYF's strategies. Throughout the program, IYF has captured learnings at the Systems, Institution, and Youth levels, which we are sharing below.

What We Learned


Scalable and sustainable improvements in the lives of young people can only occur when local actors have both the commitment and the capacity to plan, finance, implement, and manage solutions. IYF realigns resources, relationships, roles, and routines for lasting change.

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    Key Takeaways

  • Don’t try to do it all – identify the right levers for change
  • Prepare to adapt when taking a systems approach
  • Behavior change only comes when partnerships have time to grow
  • Dive Deeper


Addressing barriers to youth economic opportunities is not something that needs to be undertaken alone—indeed, it must be done together. IYF connects, convenes, and invests in our TVET partners, including the decision-makers and implementers.

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    Key Takeaways

  • Collective behavior change requires top-down and bottom-up approaches
  • Focus on partner institutions’ identified needs
  • Sustainable change starts with resources
  • Dive Deeper

Young People

Too often, young people are excluded from the processes that shape their future, treated as passive recipients of programs rather than the assets they are. In the spirit of positive youth development (PYD), IYF engaged young people to develop skills they prioritized and influence systems to be more youth-friendly.

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    Key Takeaways

  • Transferable skills help youth navigate shifting pathways to work
  • Access to guidance is critical for youth to choose a productive pathway
  • Many pathways include self-employment
  • Dive Deeper


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