Project profile — Talents Pluriels – Safe and Inclusive Economic Growth for Vulnerable Youth in the DRC


Cuso International (CA-CRA_ACR-3811116813)
2022-03-24 - 2025-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Congo, Democratic Republic (100.00%)


• Human rights:
Human rights (15160) (10.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (30.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (60.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• 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)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to improve safe, inclusive and equitable economic growth for vulnerable youth in the cities of Bukavu, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Project activities include: (1) training vulnerable youth entrepreneurs in a safe, inclusive and gender-responsive environment. The training aims to strengthen and grow micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; (2) tailoring training on the developing and adopting safe, inclusive and gender-responsive human resource policies and practices. Then, delivering the training sessions to local companies and international organizations’ staff; and (3) organizing safe, inclusive and gender-responsive community engagement sessions on discrimination against vulnerable youth. Community leaders lead the sessions to create dialogues among communities, including community-based organizations and support networks. The project beneficiaries are Kinshasa, Bukavu and Lubumbashi’s vulnerable youth (including young women), companies, community and vulnerable youth’s family members. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is co-financing the project.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased safe, inclusive and equitable participation by vulnerable youth in the formal labour market; (2) increased effectiveness of businesses in adopting and implementing safe, inclusive and gender-responsive employment strategies, programs and policies for vulnerable youth; and (3) increased safer, more inclusive and gender-responsive environments for vulnerable youth, communities, families and support networks.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of May 2023 include: (1) 500 vulnerable youths (300 entrepreneurs and 200 seeking employment) participated and received employment and entrepreneurship training in Kinshasa; (2) invited 140 of 200 trained youths seeking employment (120 young women) for a written test or an interview. 40 of these young people (25 young women) now have employment or receive a professional internship with a company or an international organization, allowing them to have their first employment experience; and (3) after taking entrepreneurship training, 35 youth entrepreneurs (28 young women) legalized their micro, small, or medium enterprises in Kinshasa.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,500,000
Planned disbursement $1,253,404
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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