Nouakchott, May 20, 2022. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new project to support Mauritanian youth. The project, Tamkeen, which means empowerment in Arabic, will be implemented over five years (2021-2026) with a budget of $7 million.


Tamkeen is implemented by USAID partner, FHI 360, and under the leadership of the government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Tamkeen encourages social and civic change by placing young Mauritanians at the forefront of promoting pro-social alternatives to violent conflict. It does this by performing three types of interventions.

The first is to create networks of young people and community groups. The second is to create safe spaces for young people to interact and learn leadership skills. The last is to address the effects of isolation and vulnerability to risks created by misinformation, especially those that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated over the past two years.

The Tamkeen project aims to have a positive impact on Mauritanian youth by giving them leadership and life skills so they can support themselves independently. Tamkeen will build the self-confidence of young Mauritanians and encourage them to get involved in decision-making processes in communities, with local government and at home.

Among its various targets, Tamkeen will work with 100 young leaders to create 13 community youth centers, reaching thousands of young people across Mauritania. Tamkeen will be active in eight regions: Adrar, Hodh el Chargui, Hodh el Gharbi, Guidimakha, Assaba, Trarza, Tiris Zemour and the capital, Nouakchott.

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FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in a sustainable way by providing integrated and locally driven solutions. Their staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing – creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. today. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all US states and territories. For more information, please visit


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