Provide women access to training and economic opportunities in sustainable tourism





Thematic area

Education and training



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    © UNESCO
  • © UNESCO
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The context

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. Nearly 78% of the population lives below the poverty line. The majority of the population relies on agriculture for their survival and is particularly vulnerable to weather-related disasters and climate change. Although the tourism industry has grown significantly over the past few years, this has often failed to translate into economic opportunities, particularly for women. The Tsingy Nature Reserve is located near the western coast of Madagascar. Due to its unique landscapes, preserved mangroves and communities of rare and endangered lemurs the site is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The project

UNESCO, through its Capacity Development for Education Programme (CapED), is working to improve the livelihoods of young women and communities living near the Tsingy Nature Reserve in Madagascar to become financially independent by providing them access to training and employment opportunities in the sustainable tourism industry. Tourism to the region has increased substantially over the past five years, representing an important economic opportunity for local communities.


The support

Fondation CHANEL is supporting UNESCO, through the CapED Programme, to provide youth living near the Tsingy Reserve in Madagascar vocational training opportunities in the hotel and restaurant management sector. Additionally, economically vulnerable women will receive training in vegetable growing and handicrafts, enabling them to form cooperatives and sell their products on local markets. The project also aims to promote sustainable tourism in the region by training local cultural guides and build the capacities of local villages.

The expected results

  • 210 young men and women will receive access to training and employment opportunities in the hotel and restaurant management industry
  • 10 cultural guides will receive training in sustainable development in order to promote sustainable development practices in the region
  • 600 women will receive training in vegetable growing and handicrafts (embroidery and basket weaving) and support in forming cooperative and marketing and selling their products on local markets


The partner

UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that aims to contribute to peace and security by promoting access to education, science, and culture.

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