The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UfM Secretariat have renewed their cooperation by signing a €600.000 annual financial agreement to foster job creation and employability of women and youth in North Africa.
Barcelona, December 2019. Following the implementation of the previous agreement (2014 – 2018), which was supporting UfM labelled projects and specific activities addressing women empowerment in the region, a new agreement has been designed in close coordination with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, devoted to channel the necessary financial resources to UfM labelled projects fostering job creation and employability of women and youth in North Africa.
The programme aims at contributing to increase the employability of youth and women, in North Africa, by closing the gap between labor demand and supply, and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and private sector development, over 3 components:
- Enhance the leadership, management and entrepreneurial skills of existing SMES and women entrepreneurs
- Develop the employability skills of young unemployed women just out of secondary school education
- Improve the employability of young NEETs by mobilizing and reinforcing Second Chance solutions
Specifically, the UfM labelled projects that will benefit from funding under the new agreement are:
“CEED Grow – Growing and Scaling Small and Medium Enterprises” enhancing leadership, management and entrepreneurial skills, with a focus on women entrepreneurs, in Tunisia and Morocco.
“Skills for Success – Employability Skills for Women” providing disadvantaged, unemployed, secondary-level educated women with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools to enter the labour market in Tunisia.
“Mediterranean New Chance – MedNC” implementing innovative and sustainable solutions to address the challenge of socio-professional integration of young people, in particular NEETs, in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.