Within the framework of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the European Commission focuses on economic development programmes which aim at
- closing job qualification gaps
- improving employability through vocational training
- supporting job creation and self-employment opportunities, focusing on strengthening micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
ARCHIPELAGO was developed by sequa in cooperation with EUROCHAMBRES, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and CPCCAF, the Association of French-speaking Chambers in Africa and Europe.
ARCHIPELAGO is an innovative vocational training programme aimed at strengthening the employability of the workforce and the entrepreneurial capacity of MSMEs in the 12 target countries of the Sahel and Chad regions.
The programme will organise 2 to 3 Calls for Proposals to select, support and finance relevant partnership projects contributing to the programme objective. Each partnership project will last 20 to 32 months and will have a budget of EUR 400,000 to EUR 600,000. Currently the first call is open till the 29th of July, 2019.
ARCHIPELAGO's approach is that of an institutional partnership: European chambers and associations connect with African chambers, associations and educational institutions in order to impart important knowledge and skills to young people in close cooperation with the private sector and in line with the needs of the labour market. This placement is to take place both in vocational training centres and at the workplace. Promoting employment through demand-oriented further training is an important contribution to socio-economic stabilisation in the countries.
ARCHIPELAGO has been developed by sequa in cooperation with EUROCHAMBRES, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and CPCCAF, the Association of French-speaking Chambers in Africa and Europe.