Aswan Skills Development Program (ASDP)

Duration: 2015-2022

Location: Egypt

Reach: 6,000 (2,400 women and 3,600 men)

Budget: $12.5 million (Global Affairs Canada: $10.6 million; AKFC: $1.9 million)


The Aswan Skills Development Program is improving livelihoods and economic opportunities for youth in Egypt, by strengthening the quality and range of technical and vocational training, professional training, entrepreneurship support programs, and employment services available to young women and men in Aswan Governorate.

Partnering with Seneca College in Toronto, the program applies a model of market-responsive, competence-based technical and vocational education and training; entrepreneurship education and support; and professional and management training. It incorporates innovative elements such as internships and mentorships, job counseling and placement services, e-learning, employability/soft skills training, and entrepreneurship support services.

Through support to local training institutions, government agencies, and Aswan University, the project is strengthening the provision of demand-driven skills training, programs for entrepreneurs, career counselling, and job-matching. The project is also building more effective linkages between the labour market and training institutions. Conducting research to better understand the constraints facing female job seekers is a key activity.

The program is improving employment and employability for 6,000 young women and men.