Improving access to education
Strengthening vocational training systems
Promoting employment and integration policies
Overhauling higher education
AFD’s action is based on the fact that youth is a great asset and knowledge is today widely shared and accessible to the vast majority of people. At the same time, new forms of work are being created, alternative development models are being established, and civil society is having greater influence in the public debate. AFD supports and assists these movements via education, training and employment.
With EUR 326m, i.e. 70% of the budget AFD earmarks for this sector, Sub-Saharan Africa is the main region to benefit from our financing.
On the economic front, education and training are essential investments for building green economies, which are prosperous because they are inclusive, dynamic, competitive, diversified and innovative.
On the environmental front, one of the potential avenues for the future of education, training and employment lies in new energy and digital technologies. They will also ensure the transition towards a low-carbon economy, which the United Nations is calling for with the SDGs.
But education and training issues go well beyond the economic aspect. We know that education and training reduce inequalities – a breeding ground for the feeling of exclusion and factors which fuel crises –, while strengthening social cohesion and increasing resilience. They provide a common foundation on which the sense that everyone has of belonging to society is built.