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Successful in Senegal

A group of proud students showing their Certificates

22,000 starting opportunities promoted

7,249 qualifications for company founders

10,351 participants in further training and qualifications

3,089 young people in permanent employment

Future prospects and opportunities for young people and returners

More than 80 percent of people in Senegal are under the age of 35. As there are very few job opportunities – especially in rural areas – many of them leave their homeland. The project "Successful in Senegal", which is funded by the Bavarian State Chancellery, aims to create future prospects and opportunities so that fewer young people migrate to cities or abroad – and also returners to the country have the opportunity to work.


Further education/personnel development, Entrepreneurship

Target Group:

Young people, young adults between 15 and 35 years and returning migrants. 

Project Duration:

04.2017 – 09.2021




Deutsche Gesellschaft für

Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH




Bavarian House - Training Centre Thiès


Future and sustainability prospects for young people, 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 Colda, Tambacounda and St. Louis, the "Réussir au Senegal" project is active nationwide in order to provide teenagers and 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 Thiés 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 

    In 2021, more than 2,500 young people took part in qualification activities in the Thiès region alone. Training programmes for solar engineers are realised within the framework of a development partnership with the German company Gauff. 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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