Fellow Since 1996
Community Development Partners (COPED)
This profile was prepared when Precious Emelue was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
The New Idea
Precious Emelue's idea is to give the local people a stake in oil exploitation and give the transnationals a way to benefit the local economy. To do this, he has rural youth participate in an alternative to traditional vocational training that puts greater emphasis on an immediate application of skills in the marketplace. It couples job-related training with a credit/finance mechanism aimed at new business creation and interventions with prospective customers for these new businesses to secure a position for trainee-produced goods in the local market.