Launch Seminar of the YouMatchII initiative –
Rabat (Morocco) 13 & 14 February 2019
YouMatch II (1st June 2018 – 31st May 2021) is a global initiative financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ in partnerships with the Union for the Mediterranean, the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Agency and the World Association of Public Employment Services. The initiative aims at improving vocational guidance, preparation and matching for youth while promoting evidence based policy making in the field of employment services in Africa and the MENA region. It will enable some 80 employment service practitioners from different social groups (public and private sectors, civil society and academia) to work together in interregional and thematic Communities of Practice (CoPs) workshops.
The Communities of Practice
The Communities of Practice provide a forum to exchange knowledge and locally developed solutions and assure the dissemination of best practices and lessons learned amongst participating members. Furthermore, they foster a sustainable interregional exchange among employment services practitioners from public and private institutions as well as from civil society organisations. The CoPs provide also a means for capacity building among their members through:
•The exchange with international experts,
•The organisation of study tours,
•Webinars and online exchanges,
•The exchange of news and information amongst members,
•Face-to-face and virtual group meetings,
•The linkage with international institutions and experts.
The working language of the CoPs is either French or English. Trained facilitators ensure their moderation. The Communities of Practice determine their own goal and specific objectives. They also elaborate their own action plan, detailing the objectives, expected outcomes and respective calendar for their meetings and activities. In the end, the CoPs will be in a position to provide technical expertise and put forward policy recommendations that will support reform processes at regional and national level.