Improving employment opportunities for refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities in Darfur

Programme description

Title: Employment Promotion Darfur for Refugees, IDPs and Host Communities
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: European Union (EU)
Country: Sudan
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
Overall term: 2017 to 2024


Protracted conflicts in Darfur and in the region have prompted internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees to seek refuge in Darfur. In search of security and economic prospects, many move to the cities. Although unemployment is high in the cities, there is an unmet need for qualified professionals in the labour market. There is a mismatch between the needs of the market and the qualifications of the workforce, which leaves opportunities untapped.


Employment opportunities for young refugees, IDPs and members of host communities in Nyala, El Fasher and El Geneina are improved.


The project follows an integrated approach to sustainable employment in the capitals of North, West and South Darfur. It cooperates with state vocational training institutions, companies offering business skills training, business and producer associations, and local authorities. It takes a holistic approach to employment promotion in the following four fields of action: Market-oriented vocational qualification, start-ups and business development, job matching and administrative frameworks.

On the supply side of the labour market, the project enables public training providers to offer skills trainings tailored to the demands of the labour market and constructs a centre for technical and vocational education and training in El Fasher. On the demand side, the project strengthens the capacities of the private sector and supports providers of business development services. To contribute to a more enabling business environment, the project works with its partners to improve the consistency and accessibility to information on legal and administrative processes — with a special focus on refugees and IDPs.

The project includes a Joint Action with the EU: “YES – Youth, Employment, Skills”.

Last update: January 2023

Additional information

This activity, implemented in the framework of the Employment Promotion Darfur for Refugees, IDPs and Host Community / Youth, Employment, Skills project, is meant solely for the benefit of the target group. The project, commissioned by the German Government and co-funded by the European Union, aims to improve the ability of young women and men in Darfur region to find employment.