Youth Employment in the Sahel Region

Operating under the umbrella of the Global Initiative for Decent Jobs for Youth, the Luxembourg government funded project in West Africa began operating in September 2018 with two components that aim to address the issue of youth employment. The first component focuses on producing new knowledge based on the challenges young people face in entering the labour market. New knowledge products generated aim to influence national youth employment policies with a view to creating new opportunities for young people to transition to decent jobs. Various studies and publications, capacity building workshops, and activities are planned and will be implemented in 2019-2020.

The second component includes a pilot project being developed in Burkina Faso that will improve the skills of young people in the construction sector. Within the sector, two trades have been selected: electricity and masonry. Working together with the government and the private sector, the new project aims to improve the quality of the training programmes while at the same time placing a strong emphasis on the on-the-job learning component. This will help to ensure that young people are provided with the opportunity to put into practice the new skills acquired for their trade, and not just the theory imparted via traditional classroom settings.


  1. Press release

    Luxembourg reaffirms support to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    23 October 2018

    Donor renews partnership with the ILO with a particular focus on the Sahel region