Economic Inclusion in MENA Region
Around specific investments the project seeks to equip workers with the necessary skills to get employed. It fosters the inclusion agenda in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and Morocco by targeting specifically youth, gender and people from disadvantaged regions.
Economic inclusion especially of young labour market entrants has been a critical challenge in the Middle East and North Africa region. Youth unemployment stands at alarming levels in many countries with 42% in Egypt, 31.8% in Tunisia, 28.8% in Jordan, and 20.2% in Morocco. In parallel, these countries experience high levels of youth inactivity with one-third of young people ‘not in employment, education, or training’. Paradoxically, high unemployment rates often coexist with skills mismatches and deficiencies in skills supply that are increasingly recognised as prime bottlenecks for ongoing economic development and growth.
The project aims at supporting the private sector to develop tailored training programmes to improve productivity, reduce staff turnover and attract better talent, which – at the same time – contributes towards expanding access to training and employment opportunities for young people, women, and population from disadvantaged regions. Put differently, the model tries to create win / win situations by establishing solid partnerships between the private sector and education providers to introduce training opportunities and apprenticeships or traineeship programmes that directly address employer’s skills mismatch and productivity challenges.
Improved access to dual-model training and employment opportunities for the target group
Strengthened and expanded partnerships with national and international stakeholders on addressing skills gap
Enhanced private-sector implementation of economic inclusion activities
Skills gap assessment conducted for at company, sector, or country levels
Tailored inclusion models recommended to and implemented by companies
Relevant education- or labour-related stakeholders identified and engaged in a given sector
Private sector companies trained in corporate governance, inclusive human resources management (recruitment, retention, reskill)
Policy engagement and local capacity building activities conducted
|Directorate/federal office responsible
|Current phase Swiss budget CHF 3’437’500 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF 5’250’000
|Phase 1 01.10.2017 - 31.12.2024 (Current phase)