Implementing the Marshall Plan with Africa Promoting vocational training

A major obstacle for companies in Africa is the lack of skilled labour. Promoting vocational training is therefore a priority in German development cooperation.

Students of a vocational school in Rwanda

Students of a vocational school in Rwanda

Students of a vocational school in Rwanda

Together with the African Union, the BMZ has developed the "Skills Initiative for Africa". Its aim is to help improve vocational education and training, especially for girls and women, in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia. Since it was launched in these five pilot countries, the initiative has been extended to three more countries, namely Ethiopia, Ghana and Togo. One project has been selected from each pilot country. The EU intends to co-finance the initiative from 2019 onwards.

Within the G20, the BMZ is supporting two initiatives for education and more employment: the G20 Initiative for Rural Youth Employment and the #eskills4girls initiative. The #eSkills4Girls initiative helps women and girls acquire the digital skills they need to improve their employability and close the gender gap that exists in the use of digital technologies.

Digital technology can open up completely new opportunities

The versatile use of information and communication technologies (ICT) offers growth potential for the economy and opens up unimagined development opportunities for the African continent.

The versatile use of information and communication technologies (ICT) offers growth potential for the economy and opens up unimagined development opportunities for the African continent.

The versatile use of information and communication technologies (ICT) offers growth potential for the economy and opens up unimagined development opportunities for the African continent.

The BMZ  is strengthening the environment for local IT businesses in its partner countries, for instance through digital centres and the tech entrepreneurship initiative Make-IT, which promotes tech start-ups. Thus, the Ministry is creating space for start-ups and inventors in Africa to develop their business ideas and move sustainable development forward.

The digital centres are places that bring together investors, tech entrepreneurs and talented inventors – both male and female – in order to develop creative diital solutions.

At the same time the centres are assisting African governments in establishing structures and capacities for developing, implementing and rolling out digital strategies and solutions.

Under the Make-IT initiative, the BMZ is collaborating with more than 20 German digital companies, social enterprises and associations. With their help, it has been possible to provide more than 130 digital tech start-ups in partner countries with support in the form of joint training programmes and networking opportunities both in Germany and at home.