Topic: Innovations and disruptions in TVSD: technology, financing, sustainability, access and equity

Date: Thursday, 20th October 2022

Time: 16:30 PM – 18:00 PM Mauritius time (GMT+4)

Venue: Le Méridien Île Maurice

Storyline: A holistic approach to skills development encompasses features such as continuous and seamless learning pathways; development of core and higher-level skills; transferability of skills and employability; and putting in place sustainable mitigating measures against unforeseen emergencies such as COVID-19. Although most of the challenges around skills development identified nearly 10 years ago remain, new dimensions have emerged. They include the advent of accelerated digitalization within the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), renewed focus on TVSD, alternative financing models, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Interventions in addressing issues that impede the transformation of TVSD to better align the skills supplied with the skills demands of the labour market include blending of digital skills and 4IR to strengthen the integration of technology in traditional TVSD programmes, providing adequate financing and addressing the poor-quality training in public and private TVSD systems, instituting mechanism for the recognition/ accreditation of informal systems as part of dealing with the large numbers of unskilled out-of-school youth, and expanding access to vocational skills development in remote or disadvantaged areas to support improved livelihoods and poverty alleviation, a move that is strongly linked to having adequate funding.


  1. Share experiences and working practices around innovative and alternative financing mechanisms for TVSD.
  2. Share relevant skills development initiatives and strategies, including ways of improving the quality of TVSD systems in selected countries through partnership and stakeholder engagement.
  3. Share ways of improving policies and governance to address the different challenges identified at the heart of TVSD.
  4. Explore strategies of moving from research and studies to implementation and embedding the strategies and recommendations in country level priorities and practices.

Expected outcomes:

  1. Shared understanding of mechanisms for leveraging training and skills development to empower African youths to contribute effectively to the future socio-economic transformation of their respective countries and the continent at large. 
  2. Shared knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons to inform policies and programmes aimed at preparing the youth for the Fourth Industrial Revolution workplace. 
  3. Fostered partnerships among key stakeholders to advance policy and strategy development and implementation. 
  4. Strategies for moving from research and studies to implementation and embedding the strategies and recommendations in country-level priorities and practices well-documented to inform the next step of developing a policy guide for countries.

Moderator: Dr. George Afeti, Skills Development Expert, Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA), AUDA-NEPAD, South Africa


  • Nicola Tissi, TVET Expert, UNESCO-IIEP
  • M. Yvan Serge Kragbe, Directeur du Centre de promotion des nouvelles technologie de l’information et de la communication (CPNTIC), Ministère de l'Enseignement Technique de la Formation Professionnelle (METFPA), Côte d’Ivoire 

Expert perspective: Laura Schmid, Skills Specialist for North Africa, ILO 

Policymaker response: Hon. Niang Mamoudou, Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Mauritania (TBC)


  • Hon. Gabriella Rahantanirina Vavitsara, Minister of Technical Education and Professional Training, Madagascar
  • Roda Mahamoud Issa, Head of Research, Outreach and Evaluation, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Djibouti (TBC)
  • Huba Boshoff, Head, Netherlands Education Support Office, Nuffic (South Africa)
  • Melanie Sany, Director, International Youth and Workforce Development, EDC
  • Tim Bluthardt, Team leader, proWOOD & TVET expert, Germany