The BAYF project methodology is developed around three objectives:
- 1. Identification of high-growth sectors that are able to generate sustainable economic development
- 2. Development of a partnership model with local stakeholders to leverage impact and reduce socio-economic constraints
- 3. Provision of disaggregated data on the most-demanded skills and competences needed by the private sector to access qualified human capital and in turn spur local competitiveness, growth and job creation.
To achieve each objective, four main research and engagement activities are envisaged.
Uncovering the targeted regions’ economic strengths, growing sectors, demographics, and relevant private, public, and non-profit entities is a crucial first step preceding the field research and the objective selection of stakeholders throughout the country. Building upon EFE’s experience and presence, the Desk Research phase furthermore includes: in-depth analysis of the official websites of the target regions, public entities, newspaper articles, and existing studies funded by international donors.
Activities in the field include surveys to private sector companies and key stakeholders, qualitative focus groups with youth and relevant stakeholders, and face-to-face interviews with both public and private sector representatives.
While the surveys are tailor-made questionnaires for each group of respondents, face-to-face interviews allow stakeholders to ‘think outside the box’ and express their visions, perspectives and ideas for innovation more freely. Special attention is continuously dedicated to gathering disaggregated gender-based information.
Gender-balanced focus groups with Algerian youth allow to study perceptions and self-perceptions in a more natural conversation than what typically occurs in one-to-one interviews, and to determine joint responses and attitudes towards a common problem. Focus groups with Algerian stakeholders allow to understand their expectations of the labour market, and their skills and competences
Engagement with private sector companies and key stakeholders
Taking a workshop form with lively debates, Stakeholder Engagement Events help to uncover relevant information to aid the final labour market analysis of employer needs and state of existing competence mismatches. It also constitutes an opportunity to discuss the barriers for first time job seekers, always keeping a special focus on women.
Dissemination of findings
Continuous communications, outreach and partnership-building activities serve to gather inputs, support and buy-in from all key stakeholders. EFE facilitates knowledge-exchange and the sharing of learnings and best practices with other partners across the MENA region where EFE operates to enable region-wide impact.