Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs (CTJ)





Central Asia


Rural communities across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are home to large segments of both labor migrants and potential recruits for violent extremist ideologies. Unemployment among youth is widespread in these regions, and many young people spend their formative years either working abroad or being drawn into extremist groups.


Making Cents International is working to increase economic opportunities for youth and women in the five countries of Central Asia, with the goal of ensuring that they have the skills needed to participate in growing economic sectors. Leading workforce development activities on the project, Making Cents assessed key local partners who provide workforce development support to youth and women, and is working in partnership with them to ensure that youth and women are able to engage in productive economic activities. Making Cents has also engaged with private sector partners who have provided their insights on the skills youth and women need along target value chains. 

In coordination with other donor-funded activities, Making Cents is working to address unmet labor skills in demand from employers in the targeted sectors of horticulture, transport and logistics, and tourism. We are managing a portfolio of existing training activities, as well as working with CTJ Country Directors to manage and coordinate the design, development, planning, and implementation of all training activities. Making Cents is liaising with private sector employers, government representatives, and training institutions to host targeted round table discussions, develop appropriate curriculum addressing skills gaps, and  integrate entrepreneurship into new and existing programs.

Additionally, we conducted a Gender Assessment to better understand the current state of the global and regional gender inclusion in trade, workforce development, employment/entrepreneurship, private sector development, and other closely associated topics to identify the gaps in knowledge within Central Asia region and recommendation for the CTJ project moving forward