Improved career prospects for refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities in South Darfur

Programme description

Title: South Darfur employment initiative: vocational training measures for refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities in Nyala, South Darfur, Sudan
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Sudan
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
Overall term: 2017 to 2022


As a result of conflict, flight and displacement, there is a lack of future prospects for the people in Darfur. Young people in particular have hardly any opportunity to build a life for themselves. Although micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSME) offer a certain employment potential, there are no tangible job opportunities on the labour market as these businesses are not very productive. At the same time, due to a lack of vocational training, young people are not really able to exploit even the small potential for employment that is actually offered by the local labour market.

South Darfur accommodates the majority of those in the region who have been displaced by the conflict, as well as around 160,000 refugees. At present, approximately 700,000 people live in the state capital Nyala, including approximately 100,000 internally displaced persons as well as 15,000 displaced persons from South Sudan and 2,000 displaced persons from Central Africa. These people have particular difficulty in gaining a foothold in the economy and society of their new environment.


Employment opportunities for young refugees, internally displaced persons and the local population in Nyala are improved.


Aiming to give young people sustainable occupational prospects, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH project takes an integrated approach to employment. While improving access to high-quality vocational training in skilled trades and small-scale commerce, it simultaneously promotes the creation of jobs in local small businesses. These measures equally benefit men and women, refugees, internally displaced persons and the local population.

Vocational schools and companies that provide training are supported in training an additional 650 young people and aligning the training more closely with the requirements of the local labour market. Business development measures are encouraging a further 700 craft businesses to create new training opportunities and jobs. In addition, 650 young people who are self-employed are obtaining assistance in setting up businesses. In collaboration with the local business associations, the project is also supporting the implementation of occupational health and safety standards and helping to combat child labour in the businesses.

With a view to enabling businesspeople and job seekers to take an active part in the economic development in the state capital, the project is advising the local job centres and other partners. This improves job placement and the information provided with regard to the administrative steps involved in taking up employment or setting up businesses.

The project is being carried out as a trilateral cooperation under the auspices of the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).