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".
In view of the changing global challenges, our activities will have a more targeted focus. In particular, the aim of our projects will be to generate more and better-quality jobs for women and good jobs in environmentally relevant sectors of the future.
Our objective – to collaborate with the private sector to create good jobs and improve working conditions in our eight partner countries in Africa – is still highly relevant given the impact that multiple crises have had on African labour markets.
The Special Initiative was initiated in 2019 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its goal is to team up with companies to create up to 100,000 good jobs and improve working conditions in the partner countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia.
Under the Invest for Jobs brand, the Special Initiative offers German, European and African companies advice, contacts and financial support to overcome investment barriers.
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.
The German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW) organized a business trip to Tunisia for five German companies in the automotive sector from September 12-16, 2022. The trip took place in the framework of a cooperation with Invest for Jobs and the German Tunisian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
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