Skills Initiative for Africa

IP Wave

Countries: Cameroon Ethiopia Kenya Nigeria Togo Tunisia South Africa

Client: KfW Development Bank

Project Duration: 05/2018 - 05/2022

Value of Service: 6,720,000 €

Under the “Skills Initiative for Africa” the African Union in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) financially supports innovative vocational training initiatives.

The goal of the project is to provide employment opportunities and perspectives for the young population in Africa. Therefore, this program supports initiatives for practically-oriented education and training. Key aspects are the improvement of education quality, close cooperation with the private sector and the integration of innovative features. The pilot countries of the program include: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia, and South Africa.

NEPAD, as a technical body of the African Union, is the Project Executing Agency and responsible for the facilitation and coordination of the implementation of the Financing Facility. NEPAD delegates the day-to-day management to a Fund Management Team, whose main tasks includes the set-up and operationalization of the Financing Facility, as well as the support for the selection of skills development initiatives and their implementation.

The Financing Facility consists of three funding windows:

Funding Window 1 (large investment projects): The window is reserved for large investment projects for skills development having a financial volume of approx.. EUR 3 million each. The window can fund the construction, rehabilitation or expansion of infrastructure, technical, didactical or general schools investment, for example equipment (including information and communication technology) and scholarships. It is intended to support one large investment project in each of the pilot countries.

Under Funding Window 2 joint projects of African institutions and international companies, organisations or associations are funded. The volume of the financial support of each of these projects is between EUR 1 and 1.5 million each.

Funding Window 3 (smaller innovative projects: This window serves to finance smaller, innovative (pilot) projects. The financial volume of these projects will be limited to between EUR 0.2 and 1.0 million. The window shall serve as an incubator to allow testing of pilot projects with potential for a larger regional impact in order to improve the quality and innovation in employment oriented skills development.

The total investment of the project is EUR 35 million.


  • Conduct scoping missions for identification of promising employment-oriented skills development initiatives
  • Review of selection criteria and specification of Operational Procedures
  • Design and implementation of information campaigns
  • Launch and market the calls for proposals
  • Preselection of eligible projects
  • Support for the elaboration of comprehensive proposals
  • Selection of the most promising comprehensive project proposals based on transparent criteria
  • Establishment of Implementation Agreements
  • Support the preparation of detailed technical design and tender documents
  • Support in the procurement procedures and Guidelines
  • Contracting and implementation of the Skills Development Projects
  • Operation and Maintenance Concepts for Infrastructure and/or equipment
  • Develop and implement Information campaigns to address youth, women, migrants and other target groups
  • Monitoring of SDPS Project Implementation
  • Managing of the disposition fund

Contact Info

Dr. Harald Habermann T: E: Send E-mail

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