Platforms in North Niger: Youth employment project

Swisscontact seeks to support young people on their way to social and professional integration, in order to improve their living conditions.

The Project

In Niger, access to information about jobs, opportunities and possible support is particularly limited. Young people are not sufficiently informed and encouraged to make personal choices. They are truly left to their own. Moreover, in most cases, Parents often pay little attention to their children’s needs and aspirations when it comes to career planning and, even when they do, they are often directive. That is why, since 2008, Swisscontact and its partners have developed the concept of “information platforms, career counseling and coaching youth”. Endorsed in 2011 by order of the Nigerien Ministry for Vocational Training and Employment, this measure is now part of the National Employment Policy. The objectives of these platforms are:

  • to inform and guide youths to make informed career decisions and access existing services;
  • to make available a range of local services (through the creation of a network of partners and service providers), enabling young people to define and achieve their professional projects;
  • to assist troubled youth in their efforts and their careers, aiming to increase their autonomy.

Project target group: Young people (girls and boys), especially youths with social and economic difficulties.


The Platforms are places of hospitality and services for youths; there are 16 of them spread across the eight regions of Niger. The Platforms are designed to help young people in building their professional project, providing them with a comprehensive range of services: assistance in writing their CV, bringing them into contact with training centers, discovery of possible professions, assembling files, etc.

The service is coordinated by the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Education. Its development in various regions is based on a partnership with local public bodies, which in some cases provide it with the necessary premises. The project works with the Ministry to coordinate the network of platforms, implementing a quality process within the plan (regarding suitability of structures, services offered to young people, monitoring of activities) and to embed it institutionally.

Project countries

  • Niger

Project duration

2017 - 2020


  • Liechtensteinischer Entwicklungsdienst

Working area


Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zurich

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