Work in progress
The Work in Progress! Alliance aims to enable young people from diverse backgrounds to generate sustainable living wages and create optimism about their future in Egypt, Nigeria and post-conflict Somaliland.
- Building young people’s skills for today and the future to find paid jobs or set up their own enterprises.
- Accelerating startups and offering business development services (BDS) to impact-driven small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) so they can employ more young people – improving the demand side of the market – and deepen their social and environmental impact.
- Improving the enabling environment for youth and enterprises by influencing actors including government, the private sector and citizens to change policies, laws, practices, attitudes and beliefs concerning youth and work.
In Nigeria, Oxfam partners with Poise for employability skills training and Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) for BDS and improving the enabling environment for SMEs and youth. Butterfly Works also partners with Poise to support the Bits digital design schools, Ekobits and Edobits. VC4A facilitates accelerator programmes and investor events in Nigeria with She Leads Africa.
In post-conflict Somalia, we partner with Shuraako for BDS and Havoyoco for employability skills trainings and creating an enabling environment. In cooperation with Shaqodoon, Butterfly Works supports the Bits digital design school Hargabits. IOM, providing services and advice to governments and migrants, works in cooperation with the Somaliland Skills Training Association, SOSTA, to train youth in various vocational and technical skills. Together with Innovate Ventures, VC4A connects startups to knowledge, mentorship and finance through its online platform.
Ahead of the Curve is our BDS partner in Egypt, where since 2019 we have partnered with The Community Hub to create an enabling environment. We have also partnered with the National Employment Pact (NEP), which was created in response to demands from Egyptian youth for fair employment opportunities following the 2011 revolution and is committed to providing opportunities for technical and low-skilled work. VC4A offers its infrastructure, network and expertise to design and implement startup support initiatives with Innoventures in Egypt.
The project started in 2016 with a budget of EUR 10.4 million, and is now completing the last of its four years. WiP! is financed by the LEAD (Local Employment for African Development) programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. For the latest information about the project and its achievements, have a look at the Work in Progress! Popular Report 2018.
- Project name: Work in Progress!
- Project period: Four years, from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019
- Target group: Young women and men
- Location: Nigeria (Lagos and Edo State), Egypt (Cairo and Alexandria), Somalia (post-conflict Somaliland)
- Budget: 10.4 million euros
For more information please contact Mirjam Horstmeier Global Project Manager.