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 results*

131 936
Number of jobs created

Number of MSMEs supported

678 913
Number of people assisted to develop economic income-generating activities

220 579
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development


Total 76

News & Stories

STORY | 17 September 2021

Unpredictable rains mean subsistence farmers need a new approach - and improved market

One impact of climate change in central Ghana is the increasingly unpredictability of annual rains, robbing 43-year old subsistence farmer Boatemaa Aminatu and her six children of a reliable income and forcing them to rely on the goodwill of neighbours. However, Ms Aminatu hopes a new cash for work initiative...

NEWS | 15 September 2021

Un nouveau Centre de formation et de prototypages en bijouterie Touareg voit le jour au Mali

Ce lundi 13 septembre 2021 au Village Artisanal de la Commune IV du District de Bamako, le Centre du commerce international (ITC), le Ministère de la Culture, de l’Artisanat, de l’Industrie Hotellière et du Tourisme du Mali, avec le soutien de la Délégation de l’Union européenne au Mali, ont...

STORY | 02 September 2021

Réussir en Guinée : portraits de bénéficiaires du programme INTEGRA

Donner un emploi à 15 000 jeunes de 18 à 35 ans, c’est l’ambition du programme INTEGRA, initié conjointement par l’Union européenne et le gouvernement guinéen. Cette initiative financée par le Fonds fiduciaire pour l’Afrique de l’Union européenne a démarré en 2018 et s’achèvera en 2022.

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STORY | 30 August 2021

Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn): A success story

The “Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn)” is a four-year action from the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana, UNCDF and SNV.

The project aims at creating greater economic and employment opportunities for youth, women and returning...