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Chambers and associations as competence providers

German chambers and associations have extensive know-how in promoting competitiveness as well as in the training and qualification of skilled workers in line with the labour market.

In order to mobilise these competences for the promotion of African SMEs and business-related vocational training, theSpecial Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" has developed its own offer. We support measures for vocational qualifications by developing chambers and associations in the partner countries and by promoting employment-related investment - if possible in close cooperation with companies. The prerequisite: projects must contribute to the creation of training or jobs and to the promotion of investments in the partner countries.

Financial support

With its PartnerAfrica programme, the Special Initiative supports partnership projects by German chambers and associations that help create job opportunities in partner countries. Depending on the requirements, the PartnerAfrica project funds available range from 1 to 1,5 million euros per project. The duration of the projects is usually three years.

In addition to this, financial support from the Facility Investing for Employment can be an interesting option: The Facility supports measures that help remove barriers to investment and create additional jobs and training places in the partner countries of the Special Initiative. Chambers and associations that, for example, expand their advisory services or launch a training initiative together with companies, can also apply for funding in the context of the competition rounds (Calls for Proposals).

Support by competent partners

PartnerAfrica is implemented by sequa gGmbH, a global non-profit development organisation with expertise and experience in chamber and professional development that always welcomes proposals for relevant projects.

The Facility Investing for Employment was set up by KfW Development Bank (KfW). Chambers and associations can also apply for funding by participating in the calls for proposals.

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Our advisory and financing services at a glance

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PartnerAfrica – Support to chambers and associations

With the PartnerAfrica programme implemented by sequa the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" addresses German chambers and business associations. Based on the model of Business Membership Organization (BMO) Partnerships (KVP) and Vocational Education and Training Partnerships (BBP), PartnerAfrica mobilizes the know-how of German business organizations to contribute to the objectives of Invest for Jobs: promoting good jobs and better working conditions in our partner countries.

PartnerAfrica projects can be implemented in all partner countries of Invest for Jobs. Possible project measures include e.g. practice-oriented vocational training, capacity development of BMOs or the promotion of value chains. Each project can be financed with 250.000 Euro to 500.000 Euro a year depending on its needs. The projects usually have a duration of three to four years.

Business organizations interested in the programme can present a project outline to sequa at any time. More detailed information can be found on the website of sequa:

Website: PartnerAfrica (sequa.de)

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Financial support for your project

Starting in the first half of 2020, the Facility Investing for Employment of KfW Development Bank will provide funding for companies, non-profit organisations and public partners to overcome obstacles to investment, for example for

  • construction and equipment of training centres
  • investments in IT
  • access roads
  • improvement of electricity supply
  • improvement of the local supply industry

Investment projects by chambers and associations are eligible for funding.

The Facility provides grants through calls for proposals for employment-enhancing investments, accompanying advisory services and the set-up of investments, such as environmental and social impact assessments. This will remove barriers to creating of additional and better jobs in the private sector.

Generally, funding is made by means of competitive call for proposals on the basis of transparent funding criteria. The project partners are expected to make a substantial contribution.

Funding per project: 1 million euro to 10 million euro

Please click here for further information regarding the Investment Facility and its current Call(s) for Proposals

Here you can find examples of projects of the investment facility “Investing for Employment”

Do you want to become active as a chamber or association? – This is how it works!

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    Get in touch with us

    You are interested in a cooperation? Then use our contact form or send us an e-mail to info@invest-for-jobs.com. We will be pleased to help you free of charge and without any obligation.

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    Our experts identify suitable partners

    Our experienced consultants identify suitable vocational training institutions or chambers and associations that fit your project and make our network available to you.

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    We help with the initiation and implementation of your partnerships

    If desired, we can support you in concretising partnerships that contribute to the professional qualification or further development of chambers and associations in the partner countries.

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    Finding suitable funding opportunities

    We help you to find the ideal financial support for the development of your partnerships.

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    Going into project implementation with a strong team

    Our international teams of the implementing organisations accompany you with advice or directly on site during the development of your partnerships.

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Call for Proposals

You would like to implement an investment project which creates new jobs? Take part now in a call for proposals in our partner countries in order to receive co-financing grants. You will also find information about previous and future calls for proposals.

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We are looking forward to hearing from you

Under the Invest for Jobs brand, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has put together a package of measures to support German, European and African companies in investment activities that have a high impact on employment in Africa. The Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" – the official title – offers comprehensive advice, contacts and financial support to overcome investment barriers. The development objective is to work together with companies to create up to 100,000 good jobs and to improve working conditions and social protection in its African partner countries.

Partner countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia.

Find out more about our services for companies, universities, chambers and associations: https://invest-for-jobs.com/en/offers

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