Local Employment in Africa for Development (LEAD)

The government seeks to tackle the causes of migration. That’s why the Netherlands is improving young people’s prospects in African countries by encouraging local entrepreneurs and creating jobs.

The grant scheme

To this end, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up the Local Employment in Africa for Development (LEAD) grant scheme, with a budget of €25 million. Civil society organisations and social enterprises could submit LEAD grant applications until 27 September 2015.

The programme

A total of 18 programme proposals were submitted. The proposals from SPARK, Hivos, Oxfam Novib and SOS Children’s Villages were selected.

In 2016 these organisations began carrying out the programme in 7 African countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Somalia, Mali, Nigeria and Tunisia. Activities include:

  • Matching young local entrepreneurs with coaches
  • Ensuring that young entrepreneurs can get loans from their local bank
  • Providing training and workshops for local entrepreneurs. For instance on financing, marketing and leadership
  • Helping promising small businesses grow so as to create more jobs
  • Giving young people training and experience through work placements, so they have more opportunities on the local labour market.

Read more about successful African entrepreneurs supported by LEAD.