About Employment Promotion Programme

Sierra Leone faces highest levels of unemployment. Current labour force is estimated to be 2.7 million – out of this number 1.6 million (59%), particularly youth, are unemployed or unemployed. More than 50% of the country’s youth are believed to be either illiterate and/or unskilled.


Youth marginalization, exclusion from education, access to and control over resources and lack of employment opportunities remain destabilizing factors for the country. Supporting the private sector, particularly in agriculture, will strengthen the rural economy and improve income opportunities for youths and young people in the country.


Within this framework, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is supporting the third phase of the Employment Promotion Programme (EPP III). The Programme is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and has as main partner the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) to which it provides institutional support.


The third phase of the Employment Promotion Programme (EPP III) is aiming at the sustainable improvement of employment and income situation of young people in agriculture and micro-Small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) through a multi-fledged approach addressing 5 main areas:

1. Capacity Support of Partners

2. Youth Development

3. Agricultural Value Chains

4. Business-Loop

5. Facility for Innovation