Improved livelihoods and food security through training in climate-adaptive agriculture and handicrafts; and peaceful relations and economic interdependence among communities (2022-2025)
Since December 2022, RET Germany has been implementing a project to improve the livelihoods and food security through training in climate-sensitive agriculture and handicrafts, and peaceful relations and economic interdependence among communities in the Segou region, in the counties of Segou, Macina, and Bla. Eleven municipalities are targeted by the project interventions, namely Pélengana, Sébougou, Sakoiba, Cinzana, Segou, Monimpébougou and Boky-wère, Macina, as well as Touna, Diéna, and Bla.
The project aims to empower vulnerable women and youth socially and economically by promoting economic independence through training and participation in local committees/decision-making platforms and strengthening peaceful community relations. This will be achieved through:
Employability and Income Generating Opportunities:
Improving employability and income opportunities for at-risk youth and vulnerable young women through enhanced vocational training opportunities involving government agencies and local businesses and supporting them in entering the labor market and starting small businesses. To achieve this, RET will put in place activities such as:
- Building the institutional capacity of apprenticeship structures, including local enterprises, through quality vocational training, targeting specifically the staff from the Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (EFP) and other relevant government bodies with technical support to improve the planning, delivery, and management of vocational skills in Segou; the training and support of 48 local companies to participate in the vocational training program and organize apprenticeships; and finally setting up and strengthening three vocational training centers to provide quality vocational training.
- Providing vocational training courses in skilled and technical occupations, including apprenticeship and practical training and mentoring to more than 475 vulnerable youth and young women from multiple ethnic and minority groups, including people with disabilities and or households with disabled family members).
- Providing training in small business management and counseling to find employment or start income-generating activities to 475 at-risk youth and vulnerable young women, as well as providing start-up assistance (microcredit) and support for the creation of at least 40 income-generating activities/small businesses, and support for labor market integration
Improving the food security of vulnerable youth and young women through more home-grown food and climate-smart agricultural practices and cooperatives. To achieve this, RET will put in place activities such as:
- Providing training courses in climate-sensitive agriculture in 8 school fields set up in the first year to 765 young people at risk and vulnerable young women. Also, a construction/rehabilitation of 8 wells/boreholes to provide water to these school fields.
- Provide business management courses and start-up grants to 765 at-risk youth and support them in setting up 25 agricultural cooperatives for production and processing or supported in joining existing cooperatives.
Peaceful Community Relations:
Improving peaceful community relations of vulnerable groups, such as youth at risk of being recruited by militias, and integrating them into the local community and economy. To achieve this, RET will put in place activities such as:
- Providing conflict-prevention-oriented life skills courses and gender-specific life skills courses to 1,240 at-risk youth and vulnerable young women to prepare for their integration into vocational training and business courses.
- Establishing / strengthening and training 17 Conflict Mediation Committees, including minority groups, to promote social cohesion between different ethnic groups and communities and raise awareness of 17,000 community members for peaceful inter-communal relations and economic cooperation.
- Organizing 25 peace projects and dialogue events with the participation of different municipalities and promoting inter-municipal dialogue and social cohesion. This activity will directly involve 900 community members in implementing peace projects and dialogue events and in organizing 34 recreational activities, reaching 3400 community members to participate in inter-community recreational activities during the three years.
The project will reach more than 5,807 direct beneficiaries, including targeting more than 1240 vulnerable youth and young women from multiple ethnic and minority groups, strengthening the institutional capacity of government partners employees, and building the capacity of vocational training centers and local companies employees. The project will also support and train more than 190 members of the committees for conflict mediation and involve 900 community members in peace projects, and, finally, target more than 3400 participants in recreational activities. The project will indirectly reach more than 27,300 beneficiaries, including 17,000 community members and 6,200 family members of at-risk youth and young women, in a three-year implementation cycle from 2022-2025.
RET Germany is working in collaboration with the Vocational Education and Apprenticeship Support Fund (FAFPA), the Regional Directorate for Employment and Vocational Training (DREFP), the Regional Directorates for Agriculture, Livestock, Water and Forests (DRA, DREF, etc.) and their decentralized rural services and the Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Peace and National Reconciliation, and the Regional Reconciliation Assistance Team (ERAR), as well as the Committee for Community Reconciliation (CCR).
The project, implemented between December 2022 and December 2025, is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by RET Germany in partnership with ALPHALOG and REFOR, two local civil society organizations (NGOs) in Mali.