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ARCHIPELAGO: 2d call for proposals


The ARCHIPELAGO Programme funds private sector initiatives that contribute to facilitate access to the labor market for young people through improved employability and vocational education and training.

Special consideration is given to women and returnees.

Deadline for submission of applications is 06th of February 2020 at 11:00 pm (Brussels date and time)

Whom do ARCHIPELAGO fund?

The applicant will be a Consortium composed for the purpose of this Call of at least two partners: one from one of the African countries covered by the present call for proposals (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal) and the other from one of the Member States of the European Union.  The principle approach is the implementation of targeted partnership projects between African and European and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions with the objective to provide labour market relevant TVET training.

Participation in the call for proposals is open on equal terms to legal and non-profit making persons. The applicants will be business support organizations, public and private training centers and community-based organisations, with experience of involvement in actions related to vocational training and business development services.

What do ARCHIPELAGO fund?

Our four priorities are to better match the offer (skills available on the market) to the demand of labour (generated by the local private sector and productive economic growth):

  • Private Sector and youth are aware of the chances offered by TVET in order to better match the offer of labour to the market needs
  • Youth is trained and has skills according to private sector needs and identified economic potentials and value chains
  • Local economic development and entrepreneurship is enhanced
  • Performance and service provision of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) and entrepreneurship & vocational training centres in the Sahel region and Lake Chad are improved.

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