Support for reconstruction in Darfur

Project description

Title: Strengthening capacities for the reconstruction in Darfur
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Sudan
Lead executing agency: Ministry of International Cooperation
Overall term: 2015 to 2019

Context

Violent clashes in Darfur have escalated into a multi-layered conflict over land, resources and power. Ongoing since 2003, the conflict has already claimed more than 300,000 lives. A further 3.1 million people in the region are dependent on humanitarian aid, including 1.2 million who are internally displaced and living in camps.
There are few training opportunities in the trades and small business, making it difficult for people to find work and participate in the region’s peaceful reconstruction. As a result, their potential to help rebuild Darfur and improve their own prospects for the future is not being utilised to an adequate extent.
The situation is particularly challenging in the cities of El Fasher and El Geneina. The conflict has triggered a significant rural-urban exodus, but without vocational qualifications, many local people and newcomers have no access to the labour market and risk being unable to feed themselves and their families. This has led to high unemployment and a general sense of hopelessness. At the same time, local businesses face a shortage of skilled workers and therefore cannot contribute to the region’s reconstruction.

Objective

Access to needs-oriented technical and vocational education and training in North and West Darfur is improved.

Approach

The project is supporting the establishment of two technical and vocational training institutions in the cities of El Fasher and El Geneina. The institutions will offer practical, labour market-oriented training programmes, which will give graduates access to employment and income. In parallel, the project advises local businesses and manufacturers on ways of improving their workplace training and increasing their turnover. With that aim in mind, the project also cooperates with local business associations, with a focus on creating additional jobs and facilitating graduates’ transition to the workplace or self-employment. The training and employment measures are developed in close coordination with the Supreme Council for Vocational Training and Apprenticeship and the responsible employment offices in the states of West and North Darfur.