First african forum of vocational training

Workshop 1
Participatory Governance and Performance Improvement of vocational training systems


21-22 DEC


In view of the challenges facing the vocational training sector, it is appropriate to launch a debate on the theme of “participatory governance and the improvement of the performance of vocational training systems” at this forum. With a view to:

  • Identifying a common understanding of concepts (participatory governance, partnership, performance, etc.);
  • Sharing experiences and achievements in this area;
  • Identifying areas of work and actions that will enable African countries’ systems to take a new course in their reform;
  • Identifying bilateral and / or multilateral partnership projects for the development of South-South cooperation in the field related to this topic.


There is need for in-depth thinking to address the following aspects:

  • Participation of different stakeholders in the system :
    • Effective and institutionalized involvement of economic and social partners in the management of the system, a guarantee of its relevance, effectiveness and adequacy to the needs of the economy and beneficiaries;
    • Role and competences of the different actors, distinguishing, on the one hand, the bodies in charge of the strategic orientations and, on the other hand, those ensuring the operational control of the systems;
    • Means and prospects for strengthening the coordination capacities of key players.
  • The choice of appropriate models of public-private partnership (consultative, contributive), according to the national strategies adopted for the development of the economic sectors, the involvement of the professionals in setting the objectives of the projects and the appropriate engineering systems to set up ;
  • Strengthening the decentralization and management autonomy of vocational training institutions, so that these institutions can locally take the decisions best adapted to the realities on the ground;
  • Accountability. This raises questions about the flow of information and the transparency of management mechanisms through the ongoing assessment of performance and results in relation to the satisfaction of direct beneficiaries (trainees and employees) and employers regarding the performances acquired through the training provided.


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