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*

237 805
Number of jobs created

Number of MSMEs supported

279 617
Number of people assisted to develop economic income-generating activities

211 830
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development


News & Stories

NEWS | 06 November 2018

Susan joined the Kalobeyei traders programme that is building business skills and creating new opportunities for communities hosting refugees in Kenya

Susan Amekwi has just completed distributing highly nutritious flour to refugee families in Village 2 of Kalobeyei settlement in northern Kenya. She is a trader, one of 17 Kenyan host community traders contracted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Kalobeyei, with the support of the EU Trust...

NEWS | 30 October 2018

Tafari gets a push out of poverty by benefiting from multiple trainings and funding, his community bears the fruits

Tafari Zewde's farm is regularly visited by other farmers to whom he teaches agricultural methods, such as compost use or irrigation. He is a farmer and father of six from Galcha Suke village, Ethiopia, who has received training, livestock and machinery through the REAL projects. This multiple support approach is...

Launch of the mini-loans scheme in the Gambia in October 2018
NEWS | 30 October 2018

Mini-Loans Scheme for young Gambian entrepreneurs launched with YEP

The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) and the Social Development Fund (SDF), a non-profit organization, announced on 24/10/2018 the launch of the Mini-Loans Scheme, which will increase access to finance for youth-led micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) in The Gambia. 

Through this new, joint initiative YEP and...

Fourteen Gambian enterprises receive agro-processing equipment to enhance their productivity and value addition
NEWS | 19 October 2018

Fourteen Gambian enterprises receive agro-processing equipment to enhance their productivity and value addition

The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) has delivered agro-processing equipment valued at over GMD 26 million (approximately €460,000) to 14 enterprises to enhance their productivity and value addition, particularly at farm gate. 

The equipment includes groundnut paste making machines, ground powder making machines, groundnut roasting machines,...