DURATION: 10/01/2022 - 11/30/2023
PARTNER: MEPI- Middle East Partnership Initiative
CONTACT[email protected]

Program Description

ECO-CATALYST strengthened the capacity of community career development centers (CDCs) and entrepreneurship incubators (EIs) to become catalysts for locally-led, inclusive economic growth.

The project focused on research-based identification of local employment and business opportunities, with targeted outreach to ensure information sharing and appropriate preparation for opportunities with marginalized groups, particularly women.

Program Goals

  • Developed and promoted locally designed solutions to economic problems through advancing gender parity and closing the skills gap through career development centers and entrepreneurship incubators across Algeria.


  • Four selected CDCs/EIs deepened their skills in analysis, outreach, and training design and developed community-based action plans for economic development.
  • 600 job seekers trained in workplace skills and values.
  • 30 entrepreneurs equipped with business plans.
  • 80% of beneficiaries gained new employment or initiated entrepreneurial projects.
  • Women were better informed of opportunities in their communities for employment or entrepreneurship.
  • CDCs and EIs developed a mentorship model for job seekers and entrepreneurs that become long-term relationships.