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Successful in Senegal

A group of proud students showing their Certificates

27,000 starting opportunities promoted

8,400 qualifications for entrepreneurs

13,000 participants in vocational training and qualifications

3,700 young people in permanent employment

1,900 MSMEs supported in their development

(Status: October 2021 - October 2022)



Employment and income prospects for young people and returners

More than 80 per cent of people in Senegal are under the age of 35. Major challenges are high unemployment, underemployment and informal employment in this age group, especially among women and in rural regions. The project "Successful in Senegal", which is funded by the Bavarian State Chancellery, aims to create employment and income prospects. It supports young people to gain qualifications, enter the labour market and start their own businesses.


Further education/personnel development, Entrepreneurship

Target Group:

Young adults between 15 and 35 years and returning migrants. 

Project Duration:

10.2021 - 09.2023 (Phase II)




Deutsche Gesellschaft für

Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH



Bavarian House - Training Centre Thiès


Employment and income prospects for young adults between 15 and 35 years of age and returning migrants



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Back in 2018, a Bavarian competence centre was opened in Thiès: the "Centre Bavarois – Réussir au Sénégal". The building serves as a contact point as well as a centre for training and continuing education, coaching and cultural events. Through other offices in Dakar, Kolda, Tambacounda and St. Louis, the project "Réussir au Senegal" is active nationwide in order to provide young people with better opportunities for professional qualifications and secure employment. 

3 Bilder
  • Students in presentation discussion with their Trainers
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Students doing group work
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Trainer showing a practical electrical simulation

    Training programmes for rapid entry into employment 

    The Free State of Bavaria has taken over the sponsorship of the Thiès region within the project. Medium-sized companies from Bavaria and Germany are active locally. Experts from Senegal are networked with state and scientific institutions and companies in Bavaria via seminars in Germany. Training programmes promote rapid entry into employment in Senegal.  

    Renewable energies – for example in the areas of trade, agriculture and services – play a key role in creating new opportunities for employment or business start-ups. In addition, there are collaborative partnerships with creative businesses and many local companies. This also creates new communication channels and dialogue formats. Consulting firms, training centres, schools and chambers of crafts and commerce work together on local vocational training.   

    eLearning to improve employability 

    Between 2018 and October 2022, around 11,000 young people in the Thiès region, including more than 4,000 women, received starting opportunities or opportunities to improve their economic prospects. Within the framework of a development partnership with the German company Gauff, training programmes for solar technicians are being realised. This also benefits the power supply for 300 villages. eLearning was expanded during the pandemic. With the help of Bavarian co-financing, an online platform for eLearning programmes has been established so that young people can continue to improve their employability.

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