The “Make it in The Gambia – Tekki Fii” is a 4-year programme that aims to improve economic development and future prospects for The Gambia’s youth, including returning migrants, by promoting attractive employment and income opportunities. Moreover, the objective is to support the Government to boost economic development with a focus on generating training, entrepreneurship, employment and access to finance opportunities for Gambians.
The project is funded by the EUTF and is implemented by GIZ International Services, The Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (IMVF), Enabel, and the International Trade Centre (ITC). The action complements and builds on existing projects funded by the European Union in The Gambia, and specifically initiatives supported by the EUTF including The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project implemented by ITC and the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration implemented by the IOM.
The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) supports all aspects of stability and contributes to addressing destabilization, forced displacement and irregular migration in particular by promoting resilience, economic and equal opportunities, security and development, and the improvement and implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies. The EUTF aims at improving living conditions in Africa. It seeks to help people live in a peaceful and stable environment, and to work in dignity.
For more information: visit www.ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica/index_en
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for- Trade agenda and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Under the Tekki Fii Programme, ITC is implementing the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). YEP takes a market-let approach and enhances employability and self-employment opportunities for youth, with a focus on vocational training and the creation of micro and small-sized enterprises. The project also creates and improves employment opportunities in selected sectors through value addition and market linkages.
For more information: visit www.intracen.org
Enabel is the development agency of the Belgian federal government, implementing and coordinating Belgium’s international development policy. Enabel carries out public service assignments for Belgian and international third-party donors.
Enabel’s intervention in The Gambia through the Rural Infrastructure for Economic Growth and Employment Creation project will roll out over three years with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, in collaboration with other development agencies, including IMVF and GIZ. It is part of a comprehensive multi-sectoral programme designed to support socioeconomic development and positive prospects for local populations and returning migrants. The project focuses on creating jobs and raising incomes in the North Bank Region and Central River Region through rural infrastructure development.
For more information: visit www.enabel.be
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a development agency that provides services in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security.
The Tekki Fii component implemented by GIZ International Services is targeting over 5,000 youth and youth-led small businesses through skills training and business development. Its aim is to create jobs in selected value chains and increase economic opportunities in high-growth sectors. Since 2018, the project operates in the Lower River and Upper River Regions, as well as the Greater Banjul Area in close cooperation with 24 national implementing partners.
For more information: visit www.giz.de/en/
Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (IMVF) is a foundation for development and cooperation based in Lisbon. IMVF has been working for over three decades in Portuguese speaking countries. Recently it has expanded to other countries and broadened its scope of intervention in Africa and Latin America with the institutional support of the Portuguese Cooperation.
Established in the Gambia in 2018, IMVF is implementing a three-years’ (2019-2022) project targeting the youth and women of North Bank Region, Central River Region, Lower River Region and Upper River Region.
The project aims to support the creation of sustainable market-oriented agribusiness value chains that shall contribute to employment creation and income generation. At the same time, a social cohesion component targeting community radios, schools and youth facilities aims to create a conducive social environment for the youth to tackle the opportunities in the country and to engage in community development.
The project is implemented in partnership with the Agency for the Development of Women and Children (ADWAC), United Purpose and Alianza por la Solidaridad
For more information: visit www.imvf.org