Project profile — Promoting Employment Through Entrepreneurship Among Women and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa


International Organisation of La Francophonie (47046)
2015-09-12 - 2019-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (100.00%)


• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (25.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Legal and judicial development (15130) (50.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This grant supports the International Organisation of La Francophonie in promoting sustainable and inclusive growth by emphasizing job creation through the development of entrepreneurship for youth and women in high-potential sectors. The project: 1) will focus on providing target countries with technical support so they can create or sustain “business incubator” type structures that provide direct, individual guidance to a certain number of youth and women entrepreneurs on various aspects of entrepreneurship, and with training on the same topics to “non-incubated” entrepreneurs in the digital sector; 2) will provide technical support to the target countries with a view to creating and consolidating an environment that fosters job creation by youth and women entrepreneurs, notably through the North/South and South/South exchange of best practices for building national capacities related to encouraging entrepreneurship and to optimizing and aligning the administrative, legislative and regulatory framework in the field; and 3) will hold activities to raise awareness about women’s economic empowerment issues and about social and environmental responsibility in development. It will also seek to support networks of youth and women entrepreneurs so they can defend their interests.

Expected results 

The expected results of this project include: 1) strengthening the entrepreneurial abilities of young Francophone entrepreneurs; 2) consolidating an institutional, legal and financial environment in the target countries that fosters business creation and/or development; 3) enabling Francophone stakeholders in charge of employment matters to have more access to multi-stakeholder exchange spaces.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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