Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People: Tackling the Challenges Together

ILO DWT for North Africa/
ILO Country Office for Egypt,
Eritrea and Sudan
CAIRO (ILO NEWS) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) launched a 10 million CAD$ joint project entitled “Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People: Tackling the Challenges Together” under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Ahmed ElBorei, Minister of Manpower and Migration of Egypt.  

The Joint ILO/CIDA project aims at increasing decent employment opportunities for young men and women, especially vulnerable groups, through capacity building and skills development.  

The Canadian International Development Agency will financially support the project with a contribution of 10 million CAD$ (roughly 9.8 million US$). The Government of Egypt has agreed to commit US$ 5 million available through the Social Fund, which can be used by young entrepreneurs to launch entrepreneurial activities. 
The Joint ILO/CIDA project answers in an integrated and coherent way to the needs of young people in Egypt who are looking for “a decent job”. Throughout all interventions, special focus will be given to green jobs, social economy approaches, gender equality and community based approaches. 

The project aims at increasing decent employment opportunities for young men and women, especially vulnerable groups, through five principal strategies. 
  1. Improving the performance of the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower and Migration, other relevant Ministries and  national partners, with a focus on  implementing the recently developed National Action Plan for Youth Employment (US$ 1.6 million),  
  2. Through a competition,  selecting three Governorates who will develop a  regional action plan for youth employment and  strengthening the performance of local partners in these Governorates to provide services necessary to promote youth employment (US$ 1.6 million), 
  3. Developing the  capacity of training institutions to provide skills and learning experiences that can increase the likelihood of finding employment.  Interventions include the development of modern apprenticeship systems for young people  in the informal sector, the development and delivery of entrepreneurial skills packages  in tourism, agriculture and manufacturing, specialized entrepreneurial capacity development for poor rural women and skills development and Labour market integration for people with disabilities (US$ 3.4 million),
  4. Strengthening the capacity of local public employment services,  youth organizations, and enterprises to efficiently match skill supply and demand, allowing young people to find jobs and employers to retain badly needed workers (US$ 1.7 million), 
  5. Promoting enterprise development and self-employment through a  promotional campaign, improved policy environment, and strengthened business services. The project will directly support the accompaniment of 500 new businesses launched through the project and at least 10000 young people will profit from improved business services (US$ 1.5 million). 
Throughout all interventions, special focus will be given to green jobs, social economy approaches, gender equality and community based approaches

For further information on this project, please contact the ILO’s Communication officer in Cairo, Ms. Doaa ElBayad on: elbayad@ilo.org.

To read the foll press release from the launch event, go to: Press Release, ILO Youth Unemployment Project, Egypt.

Editorial Team.
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