Skills for Youth Economic Empowerment in Northern Mozambique (SIM!)

Rural and peri-urban youth, in equal gender proportion, have enhanced (self-)employment and income opportunities by increasing their access to market-relevant skills and training, enabling them more easily to insert in to the labour market.


  • Lead-Departement Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften
  • Institut HAFL Institut Hugo P. Cecchini
  • Forschungseinheit Internationale Landwirtschaft und ländliche Entwicklung
  • Förderorganisation Andere
  • Laufzeit (geplant) 01.05.2022 - 31.12.2026
  • Projektverantwortung Johannes Brunner
  • Projektleitung Johannes Brunner
  • Projektmitarbeitende Johannes Brunner
    Dr. Karin Zbinden Gysin
    Prof. Dr. Roland Stähli
  • Partner Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
    Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
    Université de Lausanne
  • Schlüsselwörter Capacity building;Curriculum development;Innovation and co-creation of knowledge;


Based on the past and on-going experience in non-formal Vocational Skills Development (VSD) in the region, the project implementors will further build capacities of artisans, agri-business owners and agricultural MSMEs that are recognised by the community for their quality work. They will deliver vocational training to vulnerable youth in Northern Mozambique who are left out of mainstream educational and training facilities, by developing local vocational training systems at community level, supported by local, provincial, and national stakeholders, and carried out by local training businesses. As a complement, the project partners will facilitate literacy and numeracy catch-up training through the local schools and, with the support of the National Institute for Employment (INEP), they will strengthen these non-formal training providers to mentor youth and accompany them towards labour market insertion. SIM! focusses on improving training quality and inclusion with a results-based financing mechanism also used for in-kind reimbursement of investment loans. Basic skills training and on the job coaching of their life projects guide youth towards a first job or business participation. Local authorities and better organised non-formal training providers will play an important role in collecting evidence and advocating for a better inclusion of youth needs in education and employment policies.

Skills for Youth Economic Empowerment in Northern Mozambique (SIM!)
Skills for Youth Economic Empowerment in Northern Mozambique (SIM!)

Dieses Projekt leistet einen Beitrag zu den folgenden SDGs

  • 2: Kein Hunger
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