Swisscontact Learning Group Model in Uganda and Tanzania (U-Learn Project)

Swisscontact and The MasterCard Foundation $5.6 million Partnership to Provide Market-Relevant Skills to Rural Youth in Tanzania and Uganda.

Swisscontact Learning Group Model in Uganda and Tanzania (U-Learn Project)

The MasterCard Foundation and Swisscontact, a Swiss-based NGO, launched a five-year, $5.6 million partnership that aims to introduce and expand Swisscontact’s signature Learning Group model in Uganda and Tanzania (U-LEARN project). The Learning Group Model is a proven, market-based non-formal training model that provides skills and entrepreneurial training to youth in subsistence agriculture economies with little formal education, and enables them to access jobs or start a business. Through this partnership, Swisscontact will introduce and expand the model in the Lake Victoria regions of Uganda and Tanzania and will enable 4,600 economically–disadvantaged youth to create opportunities for themselves.

The project will train community-based trainers, government vocational training officials, master craftsmen, and business owners to mentor and support youth. This partnership is part of the Learning, Earning, and Saving Program, which tests and supports the development and understanding of holistic approaches for enabling economic opportunities for disadvantaged youth.


  • MasterCard Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The MasterCard Foundation is an independent foundation based in Toronto, Canada with $10 billion in assets. Their vision is to create the opportunity for all to learn and prosper. They promote...

  • Swisscontact - Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation

    Implementing NGO
    Switzerland | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Swisscontact promotes economic, social and ecological development by supporting people to successfully integrate into local commercial life. Swisscontact...

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Key Information

LocationTanzania, Central Africa, Uganda, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 5.6 Million