23 June 2022, Geneva, Switzerland. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) launched a new initiative to support climate-resilient livelihood development in Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe during the bilateral meeting in Geneva between the BADEA Director General Mr. Sidi Ould Tah and UNITAR's Executive Director Mr. Nikhil Seth.

This new initiative will focus on women and youth from the three Sub-Saharan African countries, who currently share similar challenges in advancing sustainable and climate resilient livelihood value chains.

The initiative is part of the urgent action taken by UNITAR and BADEA to support Africa’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the current energy crisis that have brought devastating social and economic impacts on vulnerable communities as governments endeavor to find the most effective responses to rising unemployment, food insecurity, and economic downturn. 

BADEA supports priority needs of the governments in the region across different sectors with special focus on agriculture and boosting livelihood opportunities through SME development. The overall objective is to inspire and empower women and youth to address key social, economic, and environmental challenges in their communities through climate resilient livelihood and entrepreneurship programmes.



Recognizing that women and youth especially from Least Developed Countries and in marginalized communities face specific barriers towards participation in all sectors of society, UNITAR has invested in the design of learning solutions that take into account and address these barriers. Over the years, UNITAR has acquired unique expertise and experience in designing and delivering a variety of training activities and has become a leading institute in the provision of customized and creative learning solutions to institutions and individuals from both public and private sectors.

UNITAR works with an agency-based empowerment approach towards participation that starts with supporting the individual in recognizing their own worth and potential, before turning to the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for the participants to strive.

To deliver this new initiative, UNITAR will be collaborating with the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) in Tanzania, the Conservation Farming Unit in Zambia, and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises in Zimbabwe.


BADEA and UNITAR have a long history of successful collaboration in developing and delivering training programmes in Africa and are celebrating 10 fruitful years of working together.

The partnership started in December 2012 when BADEA and UNITAR signed an aide-mémoire which identified thematic areas and confirmed BADEA’s commitment to fund joint training programmes in Africa.

Over the past 10 years, hundreds of officials from Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone- African countries have benefitted from joint training programmes.

Thematic areas covered included finance and investment in Africa, private-public partnerships for infrastructure delivery, microcredit, financial negotiation, management of public investment projects, domestic debt management, private sector development, and project monitoring frameworks and tools. 

The livelihood development training in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe is another important milestone in the continuing strong collaboration between UNITAR and BADEA. 


If you are interested in being a participant in the programme, please register as participant from Tanzania, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. For partnership inquiries, please send an email to pft-elearning@unitar.org with subject line “BADEA/UNITAR SME project”. This initiative is exclusively for women and youth who are currently based in Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and subject to availability of slots.


The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) was established pursuant to the resolution of the 6th Arab Summit Conference at Algiers (28th November 1973). The Bank began operations in March 1975. BADEA is a financial institution owned by eighteen Arab countries members of the League of Arab States (LAS) which signed its Establishing Agreement in 18th February 1974. The Bank is an independent International Institution enjoying full international legal status and complete autonomy in administrative and financial matters. It is governed by the provisions of its Establishing Agreement and the principles of international law. The Bank’s Headquarters is located in Khartoum, the capital of the Republic of the Sudan. For more information about BADEA, please see: www.badea.org

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