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Employment for sustainable development in Africa

Construction of a sewage tunnel in Beira, Mozambique

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has set up a programme designed to support "Employment for Sustainable Development in Africa (E4D)".

The GIZ is responsible for planning and establishing public-private partnerships in the eight target countries of the programme – Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia – on behalf of the BMZ.

It is the objective of these partnerships to encourage the creation of more productive and decent employment opportunities in the countries concerned. This is done firstly by working with private enterprises to help them adopt business models that create jobs. Secondly, the programme supports vocational education and training, and the gaining of qualifications in order to enhance the employability and productivity of people working in the formal and informal sector.

One focus of the programme is to boost the creation of jobs in the extractive industries as well as in what is referred to as the "green economy". The latter includes sectors such as water, energy, waste management, tourism, agriculture and forestry.

In E4D, experts work with companies to come up with business models that reach as large a cross-section of society as possible and integrate in particular poorer population groups into their value chains as either employees, suppliers or distributors. This helps to create jobs, increase people's incomes and improve working conditions.

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