Work in Progress! Alliance

Enabling young people in Egypt, Nigeria and Somaliland

The Work in Progress! Alliance aims to enable young people from diverse backgrounds to generate sustainable living wages and create optimism about their future in Egypt, Nigeria and post-conflict Somaliland.

Our focus

Building young people’s skills for today and the future to find paid jobs or set up their own enterprises.

Accelerating start-ups and offering business development services (BDS) to impact-driven small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) so they can employ more young people – improving the demand side of the market – and deepen their social and environmental impact.

Improving the enabling environment for youth and enterprises by influencing actors including government, the private sector and citizens to change policies, laws, practices, attitudes and beliefs concerning youth and work.

Alliance partners and partners in Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia

In Nigeria, the project partner Poise works on advancing employability skills training and manages the Bits Schools, Ekobits and Edobits. These are both digital design schools.

The accelerator partner She Leads Africa focuses on women-founded startups and the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) is the partner for Business Development Support for social enterprises. EDC is also responsible for improving the enabling environment for SMEs and youth.

VC4A ensures startups improve their operations and have access to business networks, knowledge and finance. They do this via their online Startup Academy, establish connections with startup incubators and accelerators, and by implementing the Mentor Driven Capital (MDC) program in all three countries.

Butterfly Works supports several TVET centers to improve the curricula. Butterfly Works also supports Hubs in Abuja to improve its services of start-ups and small enterprises.

Hanze University of Applied Sciences has been working with Oxfam partners on the basic foundations of Futures Literacy. This work will be enhanced to fully implement FL in curricula and foster the mindset of FL within students and staff of partner organizations and participating universities. These measures are expected to lead to the initiation of the first Futures Literacy Innovation Hub in Africa.

In post-conflict Somaliland, Shaqodoon, is the partner that manages the Bits digital design school Hargabits, in Hargeisa. In Boroma, the Somaliland Skills Training Association, SOSTA, is offering various vocational and technical skills training and soft employability skills advice and training. The start-up accelerator is Innovate Ventures, supported by VC4A and focussed on tech start-ups. The project partners with Shuraako for Business Development Services and with Havoyoco for creating an enabling environment.

In Egypt, Icealex implements start-up support initiatives in Alexandria. Ahead of the Curve is the Business Development Service partner, and since 2019 we have partnered with The Community Hub to create an enabling environment in the country.


The 4-year project started in January 2020 and will run until December 2023 with a budget of € 11.2 million. WiP! is financed by the LEAD (Local Employment for African Development) program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The first 4-year phase of WiP! was implemented during 2016-2019 with a budget of € 10.4 million. For more information about the project and its achievements, please see various Work in Progress! reports.


Project name: Work in Progress!
Project period: Four years, from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023
Target group: Young women and men
Location: Nigeria (Lagos, Nassarawa and Edo State), Egypt (Cairo and Alexandria), Somalia (post-conflict Somaliland)
Budget: 11.2 million euros


For more information please contact Haroon Khan, email address, Global Project Manager.



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Location The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
Targets Egypt, Nigeria, Somalia
Sectors Sector agnostic



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Amaranthine Media
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Egypt Fintech
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Nigeria Clothing and textiles production, Fashion, Retail …
Sosai Renewable Energies Company
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BridgingSpace Technologies Limited
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Doctoora E-Health Ltd
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EL-kanis and Partners
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HayCountry Foods
Quality Foods within Economic Reach!
Nigeria Agribusiness, Food production, Manufacturing
Distrifoods Nigeria
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Nigeria Agribusiness, Food and beverage, Food production
Gamification app with iot Supply chain system to waste management
Egypt Waste management and recycling
Middel Dynamic International Services
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Aspire Power Solutions
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Eonsfleet Prosolutions Limited
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Rude Activewear
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Foodlocker Limited
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Nenu Engineering Limited
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Nigeria Clean technology, Clean technology and energy, Man…
Livrite Healthcare Services
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Nigeria Healthcare, Healthcare providers and services
Aweli Aviation Academy
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Education Square
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Egypt E-learning, EdTech, Educational services
Moumin Technology Firm
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Somalia ICT, Information technology
Afrimash Company Limited
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Nigeria Agribusiness, Retail, Retail and wholesale
EduPoint Limited
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Pad-Up Creations
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Nigeria Medical equipment and supplies, Pharmaceuticals, S…
Promoting sustainable farming and improving farm productivity
Nigeria Agribusiness, Agritech, Animal farming
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Premium furniture for Africa
Nigeria E-commerce, Manufacturing
Plastic Venture
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Somalia Business services, Environmental services, Manufac…
Dexy Creation Ventures
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plastic Venture
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Somalia Waste management and recycling
Tobby Temi D & Bros
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Nigeria Agribusiness, Food and beverage, Food production
Modern Payroll and HR technology for emerging markets
Nigeria Enterprise software, Fintech, Software as a Servic…
Legulp Enterprises
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Busy Broom cleaning & recycling Ltd.
recycling of plastic waste materials into a viable products
Nigeria Environmental services
ForthWorth Farms
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Nigeria Agribusiness
Moor Farms Ltd
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Nigeria Agribusiness, Animal farming, Clean technology and…
Hastesid Farms & Agro Allied Ltd
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Nigeria Clothing and textiles production, Fashion
DriveMe is mobility gig worker market place
Nigeria Logistics, Public transport, Transport and logisti…
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Egypt Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Manufac…
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Somalia Clothing and textiles production, Manufacturing
Teminicrown Enterprises
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Nigeria Agribusiness, Food production, Manufacturing
Raasamaal Technology
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Somalia Computer software, Information technology, Interne…
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Egypt Biotechnology and medical research, Pharmaceutical…
Closing a Door, Opening a Gate!
Egypt E-commerce, Fintech, Retail and wholesale
Smart healthcare supply chain for Africa
Nigeria Healthcare, Transport and logistics
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Egypt Educational products, Educational services, Inform…
The Adirelounge
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Nigeria Clothing and textiles production
Vanpeux Global Synergy Ltd
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Nigeria Clean technology and energy, Renewable energy, Sol…
The SmartFarm
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Nigeria Agribusiness, Crop farming, Food and beverage
Your professional guide on Animal Health
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Egypt Electronics
Catyna Designs
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Nigeria Construction and manufacturing, Real estate
Science Crafts
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Egypt Education, Educational products, Educational servi…
Tacab-line is agro advisory and consultant Firm
Somalia Agribusiness, Agritech, Crop farming
7keema is #1 Nursing Technology
Egypt Healthcare
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Egypt Educational products, Educational services, Health…
Helping People Move Into Tech. Giving talents a global advantage
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Awe Farms and Consult
Agriculture, Technology and financial services
Nigeria Agrichemicals, Animal farming, Crop farming
chitosan egypt
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Egypt Waste management and recycling
Flirty Fitness Nig.
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Somalia Fintech
Netima Happy Feet
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Dagan Decors
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Somalia Household appliances, Retail
Furniture Hub
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Egypt Furniture
Xasuus Reeb (Maternity and Baby photo-shoot)
photo-shoot place for maternity women's and Infants
Somalia Photography, Video production
Bosh Designs and Services Limited
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Karaadso Business Directory
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Somalia Business services
fariid canned fruits company
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Somalia Food production
Balance Bowl
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MusterPoint WorkSpace Solution
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Colibri Africa
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Royals Technology
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FarmBiz Enterprises
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Johar Online Academy
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Ganacsi Kaab Consulting Firm
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Somalia Accounting services, Consulting and business devel…
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Safehaus-UK Nigeria
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Agribiz Concepts Enterprises
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Samia Consulting Firm
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Feligold food& spice
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Nigeria Agribusiness, Crop farming, Food production
Agrohaven Nigeria Limited
Farm & Extension Mgt. designed People, Processes & Smart Systems
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...clean cars, clean environment...
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1212 Clothings
Great company, great people, efficient solutions for garment needs
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A self-serve media buying platform
Nigeria Adtech
Reliance Family Clinics
Quality healthcare made easy.
United States of America Healthcare
Making your Tech Idea a reality
Nigeria Computer software, Consulting and business develop…
Language Friends
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KAAH Bakery
i produce different cake like wedding ceremony and hotels
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