The Middle East and Northern Africa Region (MENA) with more than 800 million inhabitants is a highly dynamic and fast-changing global area directly in the European neighbourhood. The societies in MENA countries are challenged by fast demographic growth, lack of economic perspectives for the young population and other developmental challenges (lack of reforms, outdated training systems, inefficient resource allocation) leading to a growing trend of migration, underused human creative potential, unrest and conflict.
Given the fact that education is the key to future development, ipcenter is convinced that European experts and stakeholders from the areas of professional training and labour market polices can play a very positive role in supporting MENA countries on their road to development. Together, we can end the brain drain of human potential from the global south and give impulses to positive developments in order to decrease migration pressure.
Therefore, ipcenter will set an additional focus on developing and implementing training and upskilling projects in the MENA region, as the next step in our internationalisation strategy to use ipcenter expertise and networks in training efforts outside the Austrian and even European borders.
Using our networks of thematic and regional experts, and with the help of two Austrian regional consultants who have decades of experience in the region, ipcenter will start to analyse regional needs and potential sectors for intervention, develop training programmes and learning tools, as well as start to implement pilot training programmes with policy makers and companies in the region.
In accordance with ipcenters vision to support implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (https://sdgs.un.org/), our projects will contribute to socio-economic progress in the following dimensions:
- SDG 1 – End Poverty
- SDG 4 – Quality Education
- SDG 5 – Gender Equality
- SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
- SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities
- SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities