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Successful in Senegal

A group of proud students showing their Certificates

15,400 start-up opportunities promoted, of which 6,800 were women

3,700 qualifications for start-ups, of which more than 1,300 were women

8,000 participants in further education and training, of whom more than 3,900 were women.

2,500 young people in permanent employment, of whom more than 1,100 are women

1,300 MSMEs supported in their development

(Status: October 2021 - September 2023)



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 was co-financed by the Bavarian State Chancellery from October 2017 to February 2023, creates employment and income prospects. It supports young people in acquiring qualifications, entering the labour market and starting their own businesses.


Further education/personnel development, Entrepreneurship

Target Group:

Young adults between 15 and 35 years and returning migrants. 

Project Duration:

10.2021 - 09.2025 (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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Until the beginning of 2023, there was a Bavarian competence centre in Thiès: the "Centre Bavarois - Réussir au Sénégal". The centre served as a contact point and as a centre for training, coaching and cultural events. Through further offices in Dakar, Kolda, Tambacounda and Saint-Louis, the "Réussir au Senegal" project is active throughout the country in order to give young people 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 had 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 

In the period from October 2017 to February 2023, more than 14,100 young people in the Thiès region, including more than 5,500 women, received start-up opportunities or possibilities to improve their economic prospects. Within the framework of a development partnership with the German company Gauff, training programmes for solar technicians are being implemented. This also benefits the electricity supply for 300 villages. During the pandemic, e-learning was expanded. With the help of Bavarian co-financing, an online platform for e-learning offers was established so that young people can continue to improve their employability.

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