Decent work - Burkina Faso and Togo

Adapting and strengthening educational guidance and career counseling to promote decent work in two West African countries: Burkina Faso and Togo


Decent work is crucial for an individual’s life development and well-being. This was defined within the International Labor Conference in 1999 and decent work was made an explicit goal in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the field of vocational psychology, the psychology of working theory (Duffy et al., 2016) posits that both contextual and individual factors have an impact on individual career paths and thus on people’s ability to access decent work. This theory also suggests that appropriate educational guidance and career counseling can support access to decent work and sustain well-being. While employment agencies and career counseling services in most developed countries help individuals deal with career and unemployment issues, this has not been the case in low-income countries such as Burkina Faso and Togo, which are characterized by a very young population and a large informal sector. Moreover, in order to support the economic development of these countries, entrepreneurship training should be developed.

In line with this perspective, the aim of this project to be conducted in Burkina Faso and Togo is to

  1. describe the educational system and evaluate how it takes the needs of the users, the economy, and the labor market into account;
  2. describe existing educational guidance and career counseling resources and assess their adequacy in regards to the needs of the population;
  3. combine the psychology of working theory and the model of entrepreneurial intentions and to adapt them to the West Africa context;
  4. develop adapted educational guidance, career counseling interventions, and entrepreneurship training;
  5. make policymakers aware of the importance of making educational guidance, career counseling, and entrepreneurship training available to develop to promote access to decent work, and to make these interventions available to all, including those in education or not, and those working in the formal economy or not.
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