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.


La Boulangerie Française: success in paving the way for the next generations

The bakery schools La Boulangerie Française in Vietnam and Myanmar are part of a vocational training project by the European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD), that offers young women and men from underprivileged backgrounds training opportunities to become professional bakers. Among various career choices in renowned hotels, resorts, bake shops and restaurants, some of the alumni chose to come-back to the La Boulangerie Française as trainers after their graduation to transfer their skills to the next generation of students.

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.



17 000

young people in the vocational training and professional integration programs


of young people who attended the hospitality & catering training found a job in the year following their graduation despite the COVID crisis and the decline in internship and job opportunites


of entrepreneurs have increased their turnover