Development cooperation ,22.08.2013

A profession for all: professional training for countryside women


This 3-year project aims at empowering women in the rural areas of Bcharre district (the most vulnerable, with less job opportunities, and a stagnant economic situation in Lebanon) through a vocational training programme and several modular trainings offered to 360 young and adult women. The particular problems the project wants to solve are:1) Massive migration, especially from the rural into urban areas2) Lack of job opportunities in the villages3) Women’s neglected role in society, where they have less opportunities than menThe main objectives of the project are:1) To develop human capital in rural Lebanese villages by specifically training women with skills that will enable them to participate or support rural tourism and/or income generating activities (for example cookery, English, computing, etc). 2) To develop a formal vocational education in rural Lebanon, through the development of manuals and training rural women in view of establishing or improving micro and small business (MSB) linked to tourism and hospitality services in the rural areas of North Lebanon. 3) To contribute to the development of micro and small business enterprises (MSB) by engaging with Lebanese community leaders, villagers and experts. The main activities of the project will be:1) Creation of a modular training in entrepreneurship for women in rural areas.2) Promotion of job creation initiatives in the villages (10 presentations in different villages addressing to local authorities and women)3) Offering a 9-month training program for entrepreneur women4) Offering a labour experience in hospitality management and tourism for young womenThe program will include environmental care related training, since there is in the area a strong need for a deeper awareness of environmental issues. For example, sessions on hygiene, sanitation, appropriate waste disposal (important in the hospitality services of the villages); use of biologically degradable products (important in the hospitality services of the villages); use of biologically degradable products (important in tourism services/products), etc. will be held to the participants.The project starts from an already existing training center run by PRODES: the Institute of Management and Services (IMS), that works in the aim of job creation in the villages.


  • 2013: 25 300 €
  • 2014: 25 300 €
  • 2015: 25 300 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Vocational training 100%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls

Funding channel

  • Inter-Cultur ry



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