Alfredo Cáliz

Greater economic and employment opportunities

What is our objective?

We aim to establish inclusive economic development programmes addressing youths and vulnerable groups' employability through increasing their social and professional skills as well as enhancing effective job creation. This includes, support to existing and new MSMEs integrate local and regional value chains and access markets; as well as improving local business enabling environment and financial inclusion to boost self-employment, in particular for the youths and most vulnerable groups. 


How does this objective link to our actions? 

If we can support business environment enablers and bridge the skills gaps for the youth and most vulnerable groups, additional employment opportunities will be created, thus promoting stability, inclusive economic growth, social cohesion and development in selected regions of migration origins and regions with high growth potential. Our programmes are tailor made to meet the needs of youth, women and other vulnerable groups who face additional barriers preventing them to access economic opportunities and financial services. Our main assumption is that short and long-term grievances arising from economic and social exclusion, marginalisation and inequality are amongst the most significant drivers of violence, forced displacement and illegal migration. Through the EUTF for Africa, we therefore aim to provide alternative opportunities for communities to foster growth and development in the long term.

Selected targets*

238 108
Number of jobs created

Number of MSMEs supported

279 384
Number of people assisted to develop economic income-generating activities

214 455
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development


News & Stories

NEWS | 21 September 2018

Isatou, a young woman making waves in restaurant business

In The Gambia, it is said that a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Considering how long that notion has been around, you would think that The Gambia’s restaurant industry’s playing field would be more leveled. However, it is dominated by men but 21-year old Isatou Jobe is trying her...

Lancement de Promopêche
NEWS | 21 September 2018

La pêche artisanale en Mauritanie : un secteur porteur qui pourrait permettre de créer 8000 emplois

Le Programme Promo Pêche, avec un budget de plus de 27 millions d’euros provenant dans sa majeure partie du Fonds fiduciaire d’urgence de l'Union européenne pour l’Afrique et d'une contribution de l’Allemagne, veut renforcer le secteur de la pêche artisanale et sa contribution à la création d’emplois décents pour les...

NEWS | 17 September 2018

Uganda: Lenia breaks stereotypes in bricklaying training, inspiring both women and men

“When I graduate, the first thing I am going to do is build a house for my parents” says 22 year old Lenia. Working among a group of boys, all dressed in overalls and helmets, she does, at first, not stand out. She is fitting mortar, a mixture of sand...

Revitalising The Gambia’s tourism industry with a new outlook
NEWS | 14 September 2018

Revitalising The Gambia’s tourism industry with a new outlook

RFI recently dedicated a series of articles on the work carried by the EUTF and ITC in the Gambia with the YEP programme. Here is an extract of the second reportage. 

Classes are underway at the Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute - eager students gather at ironing boards...