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.
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:
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