Vocational Training Support Programme

Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. Major impediments to economic development include an unfavorable climate, around two-thirds of the land is desert and grave health risks including AIDS, malaria, and hepatitis. Unemployment and underemployment are widespread and more than half of adults are illiterate. Income distribution is very uneven. More than 70 percent of the population survives on less than US$1 per day. Training young people in crafts and agriculture can play an important role in Mali’s development, creating jobs and income while making use of local resources.

The Project

PAFP IV (2014 - 2017) is aimed at the economic integration of 40,000 people and the development of expanding economic sectors by means of vocational training leading to a qualification.

PAPF supports local government bodies in their role of managing and financing training with a view to consolidating regional vocational training schemes. The training projects selected for support by these schemes respond to local requirements where employment and economic development are concerned. They also enable the beneficiaries to integrate professionally and/or improve their incomes.

In 2014 the programme started a new phase (PAFP IV) which puts the accent on:

  • The facilitation of dialogue between the different public and private players involved in vocational training at a local level (socio-professional environments, training organisations, state-run technical services), for a better definition of the priorities and strategies affecting vocational training
  • Support for professional organisations and basic local players for the identification and formulation of training requirements
  • The strengthening of the capabilities of training providers for the development of relevant modules and the improvement of the quality of training courses
  • The implementation of a follow-up evaluation system which monitors the quality and effects (incomes, acquisition of skills) of the training courses financed 
  • The harmonisation of the strategies developed at local level with national positioning and policies.


Results for 2016

  • Over 38 000 people trained(55% women)
  • Over 198 00 people saw their income increased by more than 20%
  • Over 4 300 young people who were initially unemployed have gained access to a job

Project countries

  • Mali

Project links

Project duration

2014 - 2017


  • SDC
  • Royal Embassy of Denmark

Working area


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