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Promoting Market Oriented Skills Training and Employment Creation in the Great Lakes Region (PROMOST)

The project supports the Governments of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to improve access, quality and relevance of their respective Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems. This addresses the key development challenge of unemployment and underemployment brought about by the low quality of skills provided by the current systems.

Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, commonly referred to as the Great Lakes region, are historically and geographically linked together and share a number of challenges inherited from a troublesome colonial period. They have in the past faced situations of political instability which have accelerated armed conflicts. The three countries face common challenges albeit not to the same proportion. These range from weak private sectors, shortages in skilled workforce, weak vocational training institutions and training systems, insufficient qualification frameworks and large numbers of unemployed youth.

The Project

The PROMOST project is currently in its second implementation phase. It uses a systemic approach and works closely with formal and informal Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sectors and the local rural population to achieve five main outcomes:

  1. Improved access to more equitable and diversified training; 
  2. Improved quality and relevance of the training offered;
  3. Support the development of a Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPL/E) system; 
  4. Support the joint management of local training systems and improved professional placement; and 
  5. Improved access of target beneficiaries to financial and non-financial services.   

The main activities implemented by the project include but are not limited to Training of Trainers (ToT), capacity building of TVET managers and stakeholders, short-term training of the vulnerable rural population, apprenticeship, rehabilitation of the micro-training providers in the informal sector, linkages between the private sector and the TVET providers and proximity support to business development and entrepreneurship for training graduates.

The specific sectors of focus are: carpentry, masonry, welding, food processing, auto and motor mechanics, knitting, bamboo processing, hairdressing, leather production, electricity, photography and videography, tailoring, boat making, plumbing, photovoltaic and soap making.

The project seeks to contribute to improved employment opportunities and income generation for 5,750 youths (40% female) from the rural population in targeted areas in the Great Lakes region. This will be achieved by improving their access to quality and labor market-oriented vocational training.


Results in 2018

  • 2,949 youths (1,199 female) accessed skills training in various market-driven sectors.
  • 2,837 trainees (1,152 female) successfully completed the training.
  • 2,027 youths (831 female) gained additional income of CHF 614 per youth per year from wage/ self-employment.
  • 382 craftsmen (161 from Rwanda, 171 from DR Congo and 50 from Burundi) went through training on gender equality and inclusiveness.

Project partner


  • Ministry of Education (MINEDUC)
  • Workforce Development Authority (WDA)
  • Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre in the Western Province in Karongi (IPRC West)
  •  Private Sector Federation (PSF)
  •  Western Province and Local Authorities in all targeted districts

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

  • The Provincial Ministry of Education
  • The Provincial Youth Division
  • World Confederation of Artisans (CMA)
  • Craftsmanship Society (SMA)
  • South Kivu Local Economy Counter (GEL-South Kivu)


  • Craftsmen of Kayanza, Muruta and Matongo communes
  • Local Government Authorities in the concentration zones
  • The Sectorial Chamber of Art and Crafts (CHASAA)
  • The Collective for the Promotion of Youth Associations (CPAJ)

Project files

Project countries

  • Burundi
  • DR Congo
  • Rwanda

Project duration

2016 - 2019


  • SDC

Working area


Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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CH-8005 Zurich

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