5/4-2022New consortium to create jobs for youth under the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme

GAME is part of a consortium that over the next five years will work to increase young people’s access to the labour market in Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt under the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme. The consortium consists of PlanBørnefonden (lead), the Danish Chamber of Commerce, GAME and ActionAid in cooperation with the Danish Refugee Council, the Danish Trade Union Development Agency and local partners.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated DKK 1 billion to the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) over the next five years, of which DKK 220 million will go towards improving young people’s opportunities on the labour market, entrepreneurial skills and access to relevant vocational training. It is expected that more than 100,000 young women and men will acquire new skills and better access to the labour market. These efforts contribute to DAPP’s vision of creating better lives for young people in the region.

We are happy to be part of this program that unleashes the power of youth. Young people are not only to be beneficiaries, but active drivers and co-creators of the change in the region. Every young person is entitled to a decent and meaningful job, individual freedom, and the chance to participate as an active member in society. I am thrilled that GAME is given the opportunity to continue this important mission while learning from the other inspiring partners,” says Simon Prahm, CEO and co-founder of GAME.

Youth unemployment
The Middle East and North Africa is suffering from high unemployment among 15 to 24 year olds, which has been exacerbated by the corona crisis. In Egypt and Tunisia alone, 26% and 37% of young people respectively are without jobs or education. This is partly due to the fact that a large proportion of young people who are already educated still do not meet the needs of the private labour market. Young women find it fundamentally more difficult to enter the labour market than their male peers. Even if they have similar or better educational backgrounds.

Breaking barriers for youth
This is why the programme focuses on providing young people with digital competences and skills in areas such as green transformation, which the labour market requires. Working closely with young people, the programme aims to help educational institutions and the private sector break down barriers that keep young people – and women in particular – out of the labour market. At the same time, young people can be given the tools, skills and access to finance to start their own businesses.

It is crucial for the region that the next generation – and especially young women – establish themselves in the labour market. We look forward to working on this and other challenges in close cooperation with young people themselves, local partners and the private sector. We are grateful and proud of the opportunity to build on the results achieved under DAPP,” says Anne Smith Petersen, Chief Operating Officer at PlanBørnefonden.

The Danish-Arab Partnership Programme began in 2003 and aims to strengthen cooperation and understanding between Denmark and MENA countries.

The consortium is now entering a planning phase with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after which the programme will be finally approved and start in July 2022.