Morocco - Training-Employment Matching Support Programme (PAAFE)

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Jul 2013
Signature Date 26 Jul 2013
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2015
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2014
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11110
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 91,541,126.43
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Training-Employment Matching Support Programme (PAAFE) is a sector-based budget support will be disbursed in two tranches over two years (2013 and 2014) for strengthening education and training in Morocco. This program covers the entire education and training system of the country. It is jointly financed by the ADB, the World Bank and the French Development Agency. Through three components, the programme will ensure: (i) better performance of technical education and vocational training to meet labour market needs; (ii) enhanced relevance and guidance of higher education; and (iii) strengthening of sector-based coordination and governance mechanisms. Therefore, PAAFE supports education and training structural reforms, and helps to close the funding gap in the Government programme to promote employment and skills development. The main challenge of this programme is to make the employability of young people a fundamental concern of the education system. PAAFE will also help to limit the negative impact of the fragmented management of the sector by establishing a coordination mechanism and improving sector-based governance.

Project Objectives

PAAFE seeks to improve the employability of higher education (HE), technical education and vocational training (VT) graduates. To this end, PAAFE will contribute to: (i) increased private sector involvement in the education and training system; (ii) diversification and professionalization of educational curricula and training; (iii) improved equity; and (iv) strengthening sector-based coordination and governance.


The programme is primarily intended for the 879,269 qualifying secondary school students in 2013, of whom 48% girls, 510,000 higher education students (47% of whom girls) 370,000 vocational education trainees (43% girls), and executives. Over and above the processing of flows, the programme also aims to offer learning and retraining opportunities to 300,000 school dropouts and a sizeable portion of the 290,000 jobless young people without qualification in order to facilitate their integration. In addition to these goals, the programme will benefit formal and informal sector enterprises as well as the entire Moroccan population.

Participating Organization

Ministry of Economy and Finance (Budget Directorate)
African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-IAZ-004
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Mouhamed GUEYE

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
34.0133 -6.83255 Rabat