Description and goals of the ARCHIPELAGO programme

ARCHIPELAGO is a 4-year European programme, funded by the European Union in the framework of the EU Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) for Africa and whose main objective is to improve the employability of youth through targeted technical and vocational training measures, and strengthen the entrepreneurial skills of SMEs in 12 countries in the Sahel and Lake Chad region.
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Projects in Africa

Burkina Faso | Cameroon

Chad | Gambia | Ghana

Guinea | Ivory Coast | Mali

Mauritania | Niger | Nigeria


ARCHIPELAGO is based on the mobilization of African and European private sector organisations  (chambers, business associations and technical vocational education and training institutions). These key stakeholders will implement partnership projects, selected through calls for proposals and resulting in the implementation of vocational and entrepreneurial training activities oriented towards the local market’s needs.

Event and networking activities

The main coordination mechanisms of the programme are:

  • Steering committee meeting twice a year
  • Bimonthly meeting of the technical working group
  • ad hoc evaluation committees according to the Calls for Proposals



Who are we

The consortium responsible for the implementation of the ARCHIPELAGO programme is made up of three institutions representing the European and African private sector. The consortium partners put experienced and qualified staff at disposal of ARCHIPELAGO to guarantee a professional management. Furthermore, representatives of important public and private African and European institutions are members of the Programme Steering Committee to foster synergies and mobilise a broader network.