Senegal - Project to Support the Promotion of Employment for Youth and Women (PAPEJF)

Project Summary

Approval Date 23 Oct 2013
Signature Date 13 Dec 2013
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11110
Commitment U.A 5,781,798
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Project to Support the Promotion of Employment for Youth and Women (PAPEJF) seeks to help create decent jobs and sustainable incomes through skill development and the promotion of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) for the youth and women. Focusing on the agricultural and services value chains will broaden employment and income opportunities in the targeted regions of Kaolack, Fatick, Thiès, Casamance Naturelle (Ziguinchor, Kolda and Sédhiou) and in the surburbs of Dakar. The project will span five years, with a total cost of UA 23.54 million. It will generate at least 15,000 sustainable decent jobs in rural and semi-urban areas (60% for youth of both sexes and 40% for women) and develop the technical and managerial skills of 17,000 entrepreneurs. It thus provides for the creation of 156 integrated agricultural, aquacultural and poultry farms which will entail the development of approximately 1000 ha of land, the construction of 18 training centres for handicraft trades, the establishment of 15 multifunctional platforms and 40 trading kiosks, and the refurbishing of 3 agricultural vocational training centres.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to contribute to the country’s economic development by encouraging the emergence of youth and women’s MSMEs, especially in the agricultural and services value chains. Its specific objective is to increase the opportunities for creating jobs and generating sustainable incomes for the youth and women. The project intends to create an environment that fosters the emergence, structuring and professionalization of entrepreneurship for rural and semi-urban youth and women, making it conducive to job and wealth creation.


The project primarily targets the unemployed young and female project proponents, unskilled youth and women, and female entrepreneurs (beginners as well as established entrepreneurs). In all, more than 15,000 jobs will be created comprising 9,000 for women and 6,000 for the youth. The ultimate objective is to generate local business creation momentum in rural areas that will indirectly boost the densification of the local economic fabric. Considering the formal and informal indirect jobs estimated at 7,500 (representing a total of 22,500 direct and indirect jobs) and the fact that each entrepreneur will help at least three persons within their entourage through their income, an estimated 67,500 persons will benefit from the operations. The project also makes it possible for project proponents to transition from the unskilled to the skilled labour stage, thanks to the capacity-building programme.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Senegal


IATI identifier 46002-P-SN-IAZ-001
Last Update 12 Jul 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Senegal
Coordinates Location Name
12.75 -16.3333 Ziguinchor
14.8728 -16.852 Région de Thiès
12.9838 -14.3973 Kolda
13.9224 -15.9798 Kaolack
14.3864 -16.4018 Fatick
14.6937 -17.4441 Dakar
12.7068 -15.558 Région de Sédhiou