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Project profile: Capacity-Building of Youth to Grow the Economy: a Public-Private Partnership

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Basic Information

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Start — End:
2011-08-08 — 2017-07-31



This project aims to develop the capacity of approximately 9,000 young people to grow the economy in Burkina Faso. Girls and boys, aged 13 to 18, receive training and develop job skills that meet local labour market needs. Residents from 13 communities in the south-west and northern central regions benefit from this project. The project aims to make young people more employable in occupations directly related to various sectors including: mining, sales and supply, the food and hotel industries, transportation, and trades (carpentry, mechanics, welding, and masonry). The project involves pre-vocational and vocational technical training and relies on existing networks of non-formal basic education centres and vocational training centres. Non-formal basic education centres offer an alternative by providing pre-vocational training for young people who have not had access to the formal education system. Vocational training centres continue the work of non-formal basic education centres by offering vocational training and job entry opportunities, thus making young people more employable.

This project is implemented by Plan International Canada and co-financed by IAMGOLD.


Private sector development
  • Vocational training (011330): 90%
  • Precious metals/materials (032265): 10%


Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include : 1) Youth (50% girls) of the project zones participate in improved pre-vocational and vocational training in line with market needs to increase their employability; 2) Communities and decentralized structures in charge of training and youth employment programs use best practices to ensure quality programs in relation to market needs and in line with the gender perspective; and 3) A stronger partnership between government institutions, mining companies, donors and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to increase investments in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Progress and Results Achieved

Results achieved as of March 2013 include: The project made progress towards improving the infrastructure and quality of the training available to youth. To this end, ten non-formal basic education centres have been rehabilitated, two non-formal basic education centres have been completely reconstructed, 27 master trainers have been trained, 91 trainers and animators from the non-formal basic education centres and vocational training centres have been trained on the Competency-Based Approach, and 108 trainers and animators have been trained on emergent themes such as gender, life skills, communication and child rights. A study was carried out in both project regions to highlight which trades would be most likely to provide youth with employment or self-employment opportunities. This study also helped align all training provided to the youth to current and future market needs. Successful enrolment campaigns helped increase the enrolment rates at non-formal basic education centres by 96% compared to the previous year. In collaboration with IAMGOLD, a Corporate Social Responsibility network was created, including government, mining companies and non-governmental organisations. This network is supporting capacity building and knowledge sharing. It also promotes local procurement and transparency to bring positive economic benefits to small and medium-sized Burkinabe enterprises.

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Contracts, Grants and Contributions

Recipient NameDateType
Plan International Canada2011-08-08Contribution