Implementing a regional project with national approaches: GEMM shares experience at Brussels event

June 24, 2016
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How to create a regional project for nine countries to tackle global issues, making sure that each country maintains a national approach with impact at local level? The ETF set out to answer this question by sharing the approach used in the EU-funded Governance for Employability in the Mediterranean (GEMM) project with stakeholders at a technical event in Brussels, so that others could learn from this approach in developing projects and dialogue.
Despite being a regional project, GEMM did not propose a one-size fits all solution. Instead, the GEMM methodology recognised that countries are different, they work at different speeds and have different needs. As a result, GEMM was firmly anchored to national priorities.
Partnerships have been central to GEMM and the project has seen partnerships forged locally and nationally, in addition to the regional dimension. Also, innovative, action-oriented pilot projects in each participating country have been a core component to GEMM. At this technical meeting, representatives from Israel, Morocco and Tunisia answered questions on how they developed and implemented their pilot project and the plans in place for sustainability.
GEMM focuses on two key issues, the financing of VET and quality assurance. The project includes subnational (local) pilot project selected by the countries, mapping of governance structures and capacity building on the national level, and exchange of experience among countries on the regional level.
The European Training Foundation is an agency of the European Union established to contribute to the development of the education and training systems of the EU partner countries. With an annual budget of €18 million, its mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems in the context of the EU’s external relations policy. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia