The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the Italian Development Cooperation; and the HP Foundation in the second phase of its youth employment project in Tunisia.
Mashrou3i, My Project in Arabic, aims to reach 25, 000 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs and create an additional 6, 000 jobs in the country over the next five years.
It has helped create over one thousand jobs to date, including setting up over 160 start-up businesses in Kairouan, Kasserine, Kef and Sidi Bouzid governorates.
The second phase of the public-private partnership will see the project expand to more governorates of Central, Southern and Northern Tunisia where 40 per cent of young graduates are unable to find work due to the public sector’s limited capacity to offer new opportunities and a lack of diversity in the private sector.
Glenn Rogers, Senior Development Advisor for USAID in Tunisia said, “This initiative will provide young men and women in Tunisia’s most vulnerable governorates with skills required to be entrepreneurs and offer business coaching services to help them start their businesses or to be able to be competitive on the job market.”
A total of $14 million will be invested in training courses, business coaching and technical assistance helping match the skills required in the job market with those offered by graduates.
The project will also help enhance the knowledge and capacity of local business support and higher educational institutions.
Mashrou3i will leverage the HP Foundation’s Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) Program, which provides free online IT and business skills training for people globally.
HP LIFE will help young Tunisian entrepreneurs develop the knowledge and skills they need to start, grow and run successful businesses.
The implementation of this scalable social innovation model with proven results can ensure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.