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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Temporary Social Safety Net and Skills for Youth (Filet de Sécurité Sociale Temporaire et Compétence pour les Jeunes) (2020-)



Date: 2020-
Description: The objective of the program is to create a social security net for vulnerable urban youth, and generate training and labour intermediation opportunities for young participants. There are three specific objectives: i) provide short term income opportunities to youth through short term employment in vulnerable neighborhoods, to mitigate the effects of the elimination of fuel subsidies; ii) provide access to training for youth living in vulnerable neighborhoods; and iii) provide institutional strengthening to the Social and Economic Fund (FAES) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MAST).


Target population: Vulnerable youth in poverty areas
Area of intervention: 1) Technical and vocational training
2) Direct job creation
3) Labour intermediation services
Geographic scale: Urban (departments: Artibonite, Nippes, Nord, Nord-est and Ouest)
Targeting method: Geographic: Prioritazing urban areas.
Categorical: Young people in poverty


Legal framework: IDB Project HA-L1137
Responsible organization(s): Social and Economic Fund (FAES) and Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)
Executing organization(s): Social and Economic Fund (FAES) and Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)
Source of funding: Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)

1) Temporary employment (cash for work)

Recipient(s): Young people who are 18-35 years old, who are neither studying nor working and whoreside in selected vulnerable neighborhood
Comments: The value of the work must represent at least 70% of the total value of each project.
Description: This component will finance small community development projects which will be identified through a participatory process. Each project to be funded will be designed to be intensive in the use of low skill labour force. This component will fund about 450 community development projects, with a target of at least 30% women.
Amount : Each project to be funded will have a maximum value of USD$50,000 (exceptionally, up to USD$75,000 conditional on approval by the IDB)


2) Professional training

Recipient(s): Young people between the ages of 16 and 29 years old, who are neither studying nor working and have completed, at least, the sixth year of fundamental education.
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Comments: Participants will receive a stipend to cover transportation and meal expenses.
Description: This component will finance demand driven technical training for 2,000 youth to increase employability. Training priority will be given to sectors with job creation potential. Guidance and labor intermediation will be provided to the youths that are in training. Other activities under consideration are being explored include: i) provision of soft skills training; ii) digital work training; iii) the design of an apprenticeship program; and iv) support services to entrepreneurs (for incubation of new business ventures).


3) Institutional support

Description: This component will support MAST in the development of social protection strategy and its related studies including the strengthening of the destinatary information system and will also support the design and implementation of a labor intermediation service, including the development of: i) service offer for jobseekers and employers; ii) association strategy with employers; iii) strategic management plan; iv) labor intermediation technology platform, including hardware and software; and v) road map for a labor markets information system including mechanisms to collect demand and supply side information, as well as to process and disseminate information.




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