Promoting employment and preventing youth violence (CaPAZ)

Project description

Title: Promotion of Youth Employment and Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Young People for the Prevention of Youth Violence (CaPAZ)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala
Lead executing agency: General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SG-SICA) 
Overall term: 2020 to 2022



In Central America, transparent, useful information on the labour market and job placement services is often hard to find. This is a major obstacle for young people in particular as they transition from vocational training to their first job. Job placement services do not have the capacity to help young people find a secure job. 

Teachers and students are under considerable pressure and turnover among teaching staff is high, which leads many young people to break off their education early. Young people in communities or areas with a high prevalence of violence are at a particular disadvantage. It is difficult for them to access training opportunities because of the unrest caused in their communities by youth gangs. Young people from such areas are often less mobile as a result and are unable to leave their home community to take up the training on offer. 


The social resilience and employability of young people has improved in selected communities in the Northern Triangle of Central America where violence is prevalent. 



The project addresses the problems arising from high levels of violence and poor educational opportunities in three fields of activity:

  • It strengthens the staff and services of placement services for vocational training and the labour market with approaches based on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). 
  • It establishes better conditions for vocational training and further education opportunities for young people in communities with high levels of violence.
  • It promotes private sector participation in multi-sectoral networks with the intention of reducing the discrimination suffered by young people in communities with high levels of violence.

The project targets young people aged between 14 and 29 from communities where violence is prevalent. The intermediaries include vocational training institutions, violence prevention committees, business organisations, civil society and selected companies. The selected communities are: 

  • El Salvador: San Miguel, Zacatecoluca, San Salvador and Cojutepeque
  • Honduras: Santa Rosa de Copán, La Esperanza, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula
  • Guatemala: Guatemala City, Villanueva and Mixco. 

The political partner for project implementation is the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SG-SICA). The regional executing partner is the Secretariat of Central American Social Integration (SISCA). The implementing partners are the relevant line ministries in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The project is being implemented in conjunction with the module (Re-)integration of Children and Youth at Risk of Displacement in Central America (ALTERNATIVAS), which the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing in seven communities in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. 


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