Core area “Sustainable economic development, training and employment” Improving job opportunities through vocational education

Germany is supporting Mauritania’s government in its efforts to further expand the vocational training offers across the country and thus improve the employment and income opportunities of young people.

Worker repairing locomotives of an iron ore company in Nouadhibou, Mauritania

Worker repairing locomotives of an iron ore company in Nouadhibou, Mauritania

Worker repairing locomotives of an iron ore company in Nouadhibou, Mauritania

Financial cooperation funds are being used to modernise, expand and equip vocational training schools. In addition to upskilling for vocational school teachers, pilot projects for initial and ongoing training in the formal and informal sectors are also being funded.

With a view to improving the employment situation of young people in rural areas, Germany is also promoting initial and ongoing training of skilled workers in agro-forestry and animal husbandry.

With funding provided under the BMZ’s special initiative “One World – No Hunger”, micro, small and medium enterprises in the area of artisanal fisheries and aquaculture are being advised on how to make their productions sustainable and increase their incomes.

In the mining sector, the BMZ is assisting the Mauritanian government in increasing product diversity and developing new value chains. The focus of cooperation in this sector is on extracting and processing non-metallic resources such as raw materials for construction and phosphate. So far, the mining sector has focused mainly on the extraction of metal ores which are directly exported and hardly ever processed within the country. Very little has been done up until now to make use of the potential for marketing non-metallic resources and generating employment.


As at: 31/03/2021