Since 1988, the Institut européen de coopération et de développement (IECD) has supported human and economic development in several countries by education, vocational training, youth employability and support to small enterprises. The IECD is present in Sub-Saharan Africa, Indian Ocean, Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia.



2020 Annual report

The IECD 2020 annual report is available online! The 2020 harvest was fruitful despite the difficult context last year. The IECD has continued to progress and respond successfully to the growing needs of an ever-increasing number of people: 17,000 young people in training, 3,500 direct beneficiaries of entrepreneurship projects, and 3,200 direct beneficiaries of educational programs.

The Challenge Week in Madagascar: what does active learning look like?

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Each year, the SESAME program organizes a special event for students: the challenge week. It aims to encourage the students to put the teachings they have received during the first part of their preparatory year into practice. This year, they worked in groups to find solutions to major global issues, such as climate change and the Covid 19 crisis.

Ten years of the Syrian Crisis, A Relentless Effort to Move Forward

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It has been a decade since the Syrian war started. The crisis has created significant economic damage, notably in terms of poverty and unemployment. For the past ten years, the IECD has empowered Syrian youth through vocational training and support toward professional integration.

In Lebanon, initiation to music workshops to promote children’s personal development

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This summer, the Janah socio-educational center organizes 105 musical initiation sessions in collaboration with the Al Kamandjâti music association. The students of all EB1 to EB6 classes can now participate in the 60-minutes musical initiation workshop during their recreation time. The sessions wish to offer the children a fun musical education while supporting their psychological development.

Launching of “Maharat Li Loubnan 2” project, sustained support towards vulnerable populations in Lebanon

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Over 3 years, the IECD, AFD, and Semeurs d’Avenir, will empower over 1,165 disadvantaged people through short and long training courses and 550 entrepreneurs by providing multidimensional support. The “Maharat Li Loubnan 2” (Skills for Lebanon 2) project aims to extend the positive impacts of the previous project implemented since 2017 by addressing the multiple crises that Lebanon is currently experiencing.

Digital technologies to improve support for young people

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Entitled " Using digital technologies to better support young people experiencing integration difficulties in the Mediterranean", this good practices guide offers integration and vocational training professionals tips and ways to deepen or develop their uses of digital tools in their accompaniment activities.

Vietnam: Celebrating youth growth into professional bakers

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Seventeen students celebrated their graduation from La Boulangerie Francaise Ho Chi Minh City. Every year, the bakery school supported by the European Institute of Cooperation and Development (IECD) provides 20 young people from vulnerable backgrounds with technical and soft skills to be competent bakers and pastry chefs. Despite the challenging economic context due to the Covid-19, 85% of graduates have secured employment.

Discover the “New Chance” series

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Result of a pioneering collaboration between the MedNC network and the web media “Les Haut-Parleurs”, this documentary series gives eight young people the chance to raise their voice. The four girls and four boys, from four Mediterranean countries, have all dropped out of the school system for a time but have recently been reintegrated through an occupational inclusion scheme.
Jeunes collégien du CERES à Madagascar

Report on a new school year unlike any other.

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Between June and October 2020, classrooms were filled to the brim again for the start of the new school year in the IECD’s countries of intervention despite the COVID-19 health crisis. Faced with a context that remains very uncertain and degraded teaching methods, the IECD’s teams are pursuing their mission alongside the young people and their teachers. 

In Lebanon, the IECD is rallying to help schools in difficulty

The economic crisis affecting Lebanon is threatening to close private schools. The IECD has decided to support more than 1000 students through an assistance to to four schools in need, to allow them to go back to school in September.

In Madagascar, much-awaited reunions between students and teachers! 

At last the much awaited reunions between students and teachers in Madagascar, after two months of remote interactions.

In Syria, the IECD teams are supporting and accompanying young entrepreneurs!

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In Syria, the IECD has overcome the consequences of the health crisis by launching online training courses and strengthening its support for young people, entrepreneurs and families.


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Amid the coronavirus crisis, The IECD's teams in Lebanon are being increasingly inventive to ensure the continuity of training. 

Covid-19: stay focused and continue to progress!

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the IECD is updating its intervention methods so as to maintain its activities.

Madagascar – The hospitality sector greatly affected by Covid-19

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The economic situation in Madagascar has deteriorated greatly since the start of the health crisis...

Call for proposals “Supporting youth in the Western Mediterranean”

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Launch today, on Wednesday, April 15th, of a call for proposals to support youth in the Western Mediterranean.
Esraa Mohamad, 17 ans

International women’s day – Being a young Egyptian and creating your own electricity company

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Being a young Egyptian and creating your own electricity company? This is what the IECD is defending in Alexandria!

International Women’s Days 2020 – The Girl’s Club in Ivory Coast

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AFFÉRY, Ivory Coast - Despite the essential role women play in farming, they are often subject to persistent discrimination in the rural world. With a view to favoring women’s access to farming professions and breaking with gender stereotypes, as a pilot, the IECD is offering a platform for young women: the Girls’ Club.