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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 2016 include: (1) the project has made progress towards improving the quality and the training centers’ ability to be able to provide youth with quality training. To this end, 13 non-formal basic education centres have been constructed or rehabilitated and outfitted with new and fully equipped workshops, 27 master trainers and 220 trainers have been trained on the Competency-Based Approach and 128 center administrators or Parents Teachers Association members have been trained on center management; (2) successful enrolment campaigns have helped increase the enrolment rates to capacity at the non-formal basic education centres and to date, 2,877 youth have enrolled; (3) short courses, focusing on key trades were introduced at the vocational centers and to date 2,727 youth have enrolled. Thus far, 1,290 youth have benefited from scholarships for training opportunities, 557 youth have benefited from internships, and 287 youth have benefited from business start-up kits. As a result of the intervention, 207 youth have found employment (out of a sample of sample size of 527, an employment rate of 39%) (4) in collaboration with IAMGOLD, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) network was created, which includes government, mining companies and non-governmental organisations. The network now has 15 members and has organized six very successful workshops which have been attended by over 124 local institutions; (5) the network continues to support capacity building and knowledge sharing on key CSR themes such as local procurement, communication with communities and issues around artisanal mining.

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Contracts, Grants and Contributions

Recipient NameDateType
Plan International Canada2011-08-08Contribution