06March2023 Neet’s net: networking for inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Decent work, entrepreneurship, skills acquisition and participation of vulnerable girls and boys


Access to work / Social inclusion,
36 months
€ 490 644 euro

The project aims to help ensure lasting, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full employment and decent work for all



Associazione Centro Orientamento Educativo (Leader), COECAM, Comune di Milano, Ingegneria Senza Frontiere, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore,


In a context where the skills of the workforce are inadequate in relation to the needs of the labor market, employment opportunities, are scarce and difficult to access, and youth work is characterized by precariousness and insecurity, economic growth does not positively impact the living conditions of young Cameroonians, and in particular the most vulnerable. The latter are increasingly exposed to unemployment, underemployment, vulnerable employment, and impoverishment; they struggle to claim ownership of their right to decent work and to participate in the economic and social development of the cities in which they live.

The project aims to help ensure lasting, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full employment and decent work for all. More specifically, it promotes decent employment, entrepreneurship, skills acquisition, and participation in inclusive and sustainable economic growth for young people aged 15-24, particularly young women and youth in vulnerable situations, in the cities of Mbalmayo, Bafoussam, and Garoua, Cameroon.

The project targets 800 youth excluded from the school system and 1890 youth without employment, for a total of 2690 boys and girls aged 15 to 24.

The COE, the initiative’s lead partner, is in a Temporary Purpose Association with ARCS – Cultures Solidali to maximize the impact of the intervention through the capitalization of good practices tested in the Cameroonian context.

ARCS’s intervention under the project consists of:

  • In facilitating vocational training and technical education activities at the training facilities associated with the initiative by coordinating the strengthening of energy technical workshops and participating in the provision of scholarships for vulnerable youth, particularly those for training plumbers, electricians and on solar technologies;
  • In establishing a cartography of national programs and services for guidance, employment, vocational training and access to financial or business support services in the intervention areas, in order to make existing job promotion initiatives more visible, less fragmented, and more accessible. The mapping will be disseminated through the creation of a free APP capable of making data consultation easy and more usable for young people in the cities and to enable connection with companies and potential employers;
  • In organizing Labor Festivals in the intervention cities to arouse young people’s ownership of their rights to access decent work and productive employment and stimulate a sense of collective responsibility with respect to this issue;
    In promoting access to social protection systems;
  • In coordinating an advocacy action, through a series of thematic workshops at the local level, to promote the socio-professional inclusion of young people, fostering social dialogue and the participation of all stakeholders (relevant ministries, trade unions, employers’ organizations, local administrative and traditional authorities, civil society, labor lawyers), but especially of boys, girls, vulnerable young people and the organizations that represent them. The recommendations and observations that emerged are presented at a National Seminar as an awareness-raising and advocacy action addressed to the relevant authorities and ministries.

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