Matching training to employment in Kéniéba Cercle (AFECK)

Sub-Saharan Africa — Mali

Client: Government of Mali

The AFECK project is consistent with the strategies of Global Affairs Canada and the government of Mali and fits into the context of developing national governance policies for vocational and technical training. The mandate given to CowaterSogema, in partnership with Canadian mining company B2Gold, seeks to ensure that the populations of areas near the Fekola mine, in the Kéniéba region, are able to increase their earning potential through job skills and entrepreneurship programs.

This project includes a capacity development component—consisting of vocational and technical training of the local workforce and support for entrepreneurs in construction and the extractive industry—and an institutional component to strengthen Mali’s national and regional organizations involved in matching training to employment.

Expected Results 

  • 5 agricultural cooperatives formed (60% of which are managed by women)
  • 15 SMSBM (small medium-sized business microphones) created in the community
  • 10 SMSBM from the community receiving funding
  • 300 people trained in the construction trades (masons, electricians, carpenters, electricians for the installation of solar panels), contributing to the reconstruction of the village of Fadougou
  • 45 individuals trained and directed to self-employment or self-employment in the construction sector
  • 1 mobile training center (in Fadougou, which can move around the surrounding villages), transformed into a permanent training center in Kéniéba
  • 1 professional training program in the trades of related mines or trades leading to a nationally recognized certification meeting the needs of the extractive industry of the region
  • 20% increase in local supply by the region’s extractive industry.