The United Nations fear that the corona pandemic could put one in two jobs in Africa at risk. Many industries and companies are struggling with a declining demand for their products and services due to corona-related restrictions. In Senegal, the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" is therefore helping to preserve jobs.
"When the pandemic reached Senegal in March, we had to stop our work because our employees were no longer able to come to the tailor shop," tells Sophie Nzinga Sy. She leads the association Women in Fashion, which, in cooperation with Invest for Jobs, is currently setting up the Dakar Design Centre, a creative center in Dakar that aims to train around 300 young people and create 200 new jobs.
With the spread of the virus in the country, tailors have seen a significant reduction in orders as nobody wanted to spend money on clothes anymore. The government’s obligation to wear masks also posed a problem, as on the one hand there were not enough masks and on the other, they were too expensive for many people.
In cooperation with the Special Initiative, Women in Fashion was able to maintain operations in 50 tailor shops in Dakar, Kaolack and Casamance. In total, the tailors produced 20,000 masks for families in need and 1,000 bed sheets for under-provided hospitals treating Covid-19 patients. In order to make sure that the masks complied with the standards of the National Standards Organisation (Association sénégalaise de normalisation), Women in Fashion made a short video for the tailors, explaining how to sew the masks correctly.
The project helped to maintain around 50 jobs in the textile sector and to protect the population from a further spreading of the virus.
The consortium around the company Eranove successfully applied for a grant by the Facility Investing for Employment. The Facility is part of Invest for Jobs. On 26 January 2023, the grant contract for 5.17 million euros was signed in Abidjan. In three years, 14,000 people will attend the various training courses offered by the academy and more than 1,100 jobs are expected to be created.
Since its launch in June 2022, the Soft Landing initiative of Invest for Jobs in Tunisia has facilitated the arrival of 10 European and African IT companies in the country. In return, the companies committed to create over 100 high-quality tech jobs for Tunisians.
To implement BMZ’s development-policy priority areas in the 20th legislative period and to address changing global challenges, the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation will have a new name and focus. As of January 2023, it will be called Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition".
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