Côte d’Ivoire - Youth Employability and Insertion Support Programme

Project Summary

Approval Date 04 Dec 2013
Signature Date 06 Dec 2013
Planned Completion Date 30 Mar 2014
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Mar 2014
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11232
Commitment U.A 18,832,999.58
Status Completion

Project General Description

The youth employability and insertion support programme (PAAEIJ) aims to address certain conjunctural and structural challenges facing the country. On the one hand, the recent crises experienced by Côte d’Ivoire have led to the accumulation of a significant number of unemployed, especially among young people. In 2012, the country had 986,000 unemployed, i.e. 9.4% of the workforce. The country must also take up the challenge of changing its labour force profile, particularly since the education system is expanding rapidly while major structural challenges remain in terms of training quality and relevance. The PAAEIJ supports reforms aimed at improving the employability of vocational training and higher education graduates as well as the professional insertion of young people. It focuses, in particular, on the opening up of the education system to partnerships with the private sector, and the promotion of a culture of evaluation of the external efficiency of training as well as on improving sector effectiveness and governance. It also supports the operationalization of the National Employment Policy (NEP). The PAAEIJ comprises three components, namely: (i) support to vocational training and employment reforms; (ii) improvement of the relevance and governance of higher education and scientific research; and (iii) improved sector coordination.

Project Objectives

The PAAEIJ aims to improve the employability of vocational training and higher education graduates, as well as the insertion of unemployed youths. Hence, it will contribute to the development of human capital to ensure strong and inclusive economic growth.


The PAAEIJ will directly affect 59,000 vocational training students (48.8% of whom female), 155,000 higher education students (37.1% of whom women), 2,000 unemployed youths (at least 40% of whom female), businesses in the 9 professional sectors to be restructured as well as administration officials. The PAAEIJ will indirectly benefit businesses in the formal and informal sectors, the 986,000 unemployed (56.2% of whom female) and the entire Ivorian population due to the impact of human capital development on economic growth and poverty reduction.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry attached to the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of Economy and Finance


IATI identifier 46002-P-CI-IZ0-004
Last Update 11 Jul 2020


Contact Details

Name FOKO TAGNE Borel Anicet
Email b.fokotagne@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Cote d'Ivoire