Improving youth employability in the Dominican Republic
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

The Government of Chile, together with trilateral partners GIZ and USAID, is initiating two new projects to support youth employability in the Dominican Republic. From 2007 through 2013, AGCI and GIZ successfully implemented two previous projects in this area with the Dominican Republic, and the two new projects will build on these previous experiences.In the case of the new trilateral project with GIZ, it will focus on diversifying access to microcredit, strengthening young people´s skills for entrepreneurship, and preparing the formalization of these entrepreneurial activities, in coordination with local government (municipalities). In the case of the trilateral project with USAID, which will be part of a broader initiative supported by USAID and implemented by ENTRENA called "Alerta Joven" or "Youth Alert," it will provide techinical vocational training and life skills training to Dominican youth in 2 municipalities and will support the design of business plans for entrepreneurships. It will incorporate a train the trainer methodology, based on the successes of the aforementioned projects.

Implementation methodologies

Implementation methodologies for these 2 projects include, but are not limited to:Train the Trainer methodology and coursesTechnical AssistanceE-learningCertifications for youthSeminars and knowledge exchange to share good practicesLocal institutional strengtheningImplementation of pilot projectsCreation of a fund to guarantee credit/loans

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Please see above

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Both projects will establish governing committees to oversee the overall coordination of the projects, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of results.


Chilean International Cooperation Agency FOSIS-Solidarity and Social Investment Fund of Chile Labor Ministry of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development of the Dominican Republic Other Dominican institutions like INFOTEP (Technical and Vocational Training Institute), Youth Ministry and ProComunidad GIZ-German Cooperation USAID-United States Agency for International Development Entrena (Dominican insitution that provides consulting services in the areas of youth development and entrepreneurship)
Capacity installed at the local level in the Dominican Republic to train youth in self-employment. Both projects.
Dominican youth trained in self-employment in 2 municipalities. Business plans designed. AGCI/USAID
Process for formalizing youth entrepreneurships strengthened. AGCI/GIZ
Networks for financing youth microenterprises strengthened at the local level. AGCI/GIZ
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
Financing (in USD)
In-kind contribution
Provided by Chilean institution (FOSIS)
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2016
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Katherine Hutter, khutter@agci.cl

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