Industrial skills and entrepreneurship in southern Tunisia

Contract partner: United Nations Industrial Development Organization Country: Tunesien Funding amount: € 1.547.549,00 Project start: 01.05.2017 End: 30.04.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in Tunisia through income generation for unemployed youth and women.


Expected results

The outcome of the project is increased employability by strengthening VET systems and providing the entrepreneurial skills among men and women in the selected areas.

Output 1: Vocational Training programs within two existing Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) in Gabès and Tataouine established, resulting in a better skills match between the demand of Tunisian and foreign enterprises and the qualifications of young and long-term unemployed Tunisians, with 660 students trained

Output 2: Entrepreneurship training program established to facilitate and strengthen at least 25 existing or new enterprises, each employing approximately 5 people leading to 125 beneficiaries in Tataouine

Output 3: Project linked to Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) to facilitate learning from other PPDPs

Target group / Beneficiaries

Two local Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) will be selected by the project partners. These centers will host the project's vocational training activities.

OMV is an international oil and gas company, headquartered in Vienna. Since 2003, OMV is a member of the UN Global Compact. OMV has a long tradition in supporting local economic development, currently running around 300 sustainability initiatives in 20 countries.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The organization is implementing PPDP projects on vocational skills development in different countries.


The project's objective will be achieved by three main outputs:

First, by the delivery of dedicated skills training courses at two Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) in underprivileged inland governorates of Tunisia. One of these VTCs will be located in the governorate of Gabès, and the other one in the governorate of Tataouine. The current assessment will be validated and the VTCs will be selected during an inception visit (see point 3.2.). Current candidate VTCs have been listed under point 2.5.

Second, by delivering entrepreneurship training programs (ETP) for aspiring entrepreneurs in Tataouine. The models of the already established structures, namely the Skills to Succeed Center in Tataouine and another UNIDO-implemented project “Mashrou3i” , will be validated during Phase I. Local economic development in the context of this project is understood as building up the economic capacity of a Tataouine and Gabès to improve its economic future and the quality of life. This will be done by enabling people to be more proactive in local economic setting (e.g. promoting entrepreneurship); helping to make local institutions better contribute to development (e.g. choosing existing institutions to host training); making economic activity dependent on the comparative advantages of Tataouine and Gabès (e.g. by validating baseline assessment and offering vocational training and encouraging entrepreneurship development in those areas with the biggest labor market potential, such as oil & gas). In the context of CICET, Vocational Education and Training (VET) component is closely interlinked with the entrepreneurship training programs (ETP) -component.

Third, by facilitating learning from other PPDPs by linking the CICET project to the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF).



The project is the first of probably three in three different countries that are co-financed by ADA and OMV under the umbrella of the MoU signed by both parties in order to build a strategic partnership. In this case UNIDO is functioning as the implementing partner, because of its extensive experience in the field of vocational training programs with the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF).

project number 2530-01/2017
source of funding OEZA
sector Sekundarschulbildung
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
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  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.