On 24 January, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Italy and the HP Foundation announced the launch of the second phase of UNIDO’s youth employment project “Mashrou3i” (“My project” in Arabic), which aims to create more than 6,000 jobs for young people in Tunisia in the next five years.
Currently, in the governorates of Centre, Southern and Northern Tunisia, around 40 per cent of young graduates are unable to find work.
The Mashrou3i project has already helped create more than 1,250 jobs, including over 160 start-up businesses in the governorates of Kairouan, Kasserine, Le Kef and Sidi Bouzid. During its second phase, the project will provide direct support to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs through training courses, business coaching and technical assistance in fourteen vulnerable governorates of Tunisia: Beja, Gafsa, Gabès, Jendouba, Kairouan, Kasserine, Kef, Kébili, Medenine, Sidi Bouzid, Siliana, Tataouine, Tozeur and Zaghouan. It will also help enhance the knowledge and capacity of local business support and higher educational institutions.
The HP LIFE program, which has been a key resource in the project’s first phase, will continue to be leveraged to help young Tunisian entrepreneurs develop the knowledge and skills they need to start, grow and run successful businesses.