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Algeria: ETF helps make new EU programme success

Year/Date: 07/12/2011

ETF's Gerard Mayen (2nd on the left) with EU delegation staff and experts

At the request of EU delegation in Algeria, the ETF has provided the technical support to design a new programme to improve employability of the country’s young. The 23.5 million euro Youth-Employment Support Programme has been approved by the European Commission in November and is set to start in early 2012.

The programme, aimed at supporting the development and the implementation of national policies for youth and employment in Algeria, will be developed in four regions (willayas), both rural and urban.  The programme will help build capacity of those in charge of implementing youth policy through reinforcing inter-sector synergies.

The programme will help better structure and coordinate different active employment measures that target the youth: education and training, microcredit schemes, support for self-employment and help for graduate unemployed.

An ETF expert Gérard Mayen helped in drafting and revising the contributions of a team of specialists who worked on the programme in Algeria.

‘The new programme will use the already existing institutions and measures, identifying new ones, to boost the employability of youth and help them enter labour market,’ said Mr Mayen, the ETF expert who has worked on the project.

‘It’s the first programme in the South Mediterranean region , which is based on the idea of “inter-institutionality”’, said Mr Mayen. ‘It is not about supporting a single ministry, there are different partners, including Ministry of Youth, Ministry of Vocation Education and Training, Ministry of Labour, social partners, etc.’

In Algeria, like in other northern African countries, youth unemployment is one of the main social problems. What adds urgency to the issue is the young population of the country with 75 percent of people below the age of 35 and the many highly qualified young who are not able to find a job.

The new support from the EU is part of the block’s response to the aspirations of the people and countries of North Africa as outlined in the Commission’s communication on A Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean.

‘For the ETF it is also a good opportunity to maintain concrete work in the country,’ said Mr Mayen. ‘We hope to have Algeria on board in the second round of Torino Process in 2012.’

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