AKF plans to work more with University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education and will continue to strengthen the capacity of affiliated institutions, e.g., the Continuing Education Centre in Aswan, the Agrarian Institute of Bilibiza in Mozambique, and will foster institutional linkages amongst them. In most cases, TVET programmes are complemented through soft / life skills initiatives to help women and men trainees succeed in work environments. AKF skills development also includes entrepreneurship to encourage self-employment.
AKF’s employable skills approach includes transition support from training to employment. Key interventions include: apprenticeships for TVET graduates; career counselling and internships for college and university graduates; employer engagement to identify job opportunities; and incentives for employers to recruit the graduates of AKF’s skills development programmes. In many countries, employable skills programmes are linked to AKDN economic development programming, e.g., enterprise development, which together aim to expand the availability of local employment opportunities.
Community-based energy solutions: AKF supports small-scale community based energy generation solutions, notably off-grid micro hydel projects (under 1 MW) to provide access to clean energy for domestic and commercial uses. These energy units are typically owned and managed by the community, and complement larger-scale AKDN energy initiatives by extending coverage of electricity to under-served and remote areas. AKF is also exploring energy technologies beyond hydro-electricity, including solar and other sources of clean energy sources.
Innovative energy business models
Building on the experience of small-scale community managed energy projects, AKF is testing new business models and approaches to increase the efficiency, management and financial viability of relatively larger energy projects. This includes transforming higher capacity generation units (under five MW) into community and private utilities, deploying blended capital, and testing contextually-relevant digital pre-payment solutions.