YouMatch II (1st June 2018 – 31st May 2021) is a global initiative financed by the German Federal Ministry for 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 job orientation, preparation and matching for youth while promoting evidence based policy making in the field of employment services in Africa and the MENA region. It brings together circa 80 employment services practitioners from various social groups (public and private sectors as well as the civil society and academia) within the framework of interregional, theme-specific, Communities of Practice (CoPs).
The Communities of Practice
The Communities of Practice provide a forum to exchange knowledge and locally developed solutions, disseminate best practices and lessons learned amongst participating members. They foster a sustainable interregional exchange among employment services practitioners from public and private institutions as well as from civil society organisations. They provide a vehicle for reinforcing capacities of their members e.g. through:
- exchange with international experts,
- the organisation of study tours,
- theme-specific trainings,
- webinars and online exchanges,
- exchange of news and information amongst members,
- face-to-face and virtual group meetings,
- peer-to-peer counselling,
- 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. The Communities of Practice elaborate their own action plan, detailing the objectives, expected outcomes and respective timeframe for their meetings and activities. Ultimately, 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.