Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP)
This three-year collaboration with international NGO PlaNet Finance is designed to improve access to financial services for young entrepreneurs in Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon. The project is expected to benefit over 3,000 economically and socially disadvantaged youth and their families.
The region's first employability portal, Ta3mal helps Arab youth and job seekers find support to transition into the world of work. Ta3mal is available in Arabic, English and French, and provides resources ranging from entry level job and internship opportunities, online career guidance and e-learning, to employability and entrepreneurship training. Silatech and Microsoft are co-partners in establishing the Ta3mal network, while local partners provide specialized content and access to services appropriate for selected countries. Specialized country portals are currently available in Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Morocco, with additional countries coming on line in the future.
Launched in partnership with UK-based Mindmill in 2011, Tamheed delivers quality career advice and placement support services. It provides youth-serving organizations (YSOs) with a complete toolkit for setting up a sustainable career advising practice. This includes highly predictive and user-friendly psychometric assessments delivered online in Arabic, English and French, the results of which can be used for both advice guidance and screening.
Tamheed career guidance services are provided in an extensive network of physical career centers found throughout the region, as well as online. Tamheed is a core component of the support we provide to Career and Job Placement Centers, and is complimented by capacity building in areas of soft-skills training, internships and job placement. Tamheed career guidance is integrated into Silatech’s and Microsoft's online employability portals (ta3mal.com). Tamheed’s psychometric assessments are also used by employers and training institutions to support the screening and selection of candidates, helping match candidates with the best-fit opportunities.
IFAD Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program
$3 million program working with local partners – including microfinance institutions, banks, non-profits and companies in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen – to build their capacity to design, manage and sustain youth-inclusive financial products and complementary non-financial services to disadvantaged and financially excluded youth living in rural areas.
Village RoSCAs for Community Savings and Borrowing
This research project is testing a number of methods to build village RoSCAs (Rotating Savings and Credit Associations) that would enhance micro savings and borrowing among villagers. The objective is to enhance access to finance among the villagers, while building on their capacities, without pushing them into debt traps.
Capacity Building for Egyptian Microfinance
Through Silatech’s partnership with Microsoft, this project will provide IT software from Microsoft to MFIs, in addition to developing new software for loan tracking to automate management and improve efficiency. In addition, the program will provide capacity building programs to support MFIs in helping startup entrepreneurs.
Youth Enterprise Growth Initiative
Together with the UK-based Mowgli Foundation, Silatech is providing a package of non-financial services (training, mentorship and access to finance) to support the growth of micro enterprises run by high potential youth clients of the Alexandria Business Association (ABA). With funding from DFID, Silatech is also partnering with Yale University to carry out a study into the impact of providing higher levels of financing to high potential clients of ABA.
Silatech is supporting the development and expansion of Yomken’s (Yomken.com) operations for their crowdfunding and open innovation services.
Rural Youth Economic Empowerment through Community Development Associations
Silatech is supporting Community Development Associations (CDAs) and the Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) which they serve to provide a package of training, business development services and financing solutions to youth.
Qasd – Responsible Leadership Program
QASD is a value-based leadership program that aims to develop a new generation of socially conscious and responsible young Arab leaders who will create and lead positive change in their own communities, countries and the region. Key leadership values such as respect, integrity and commitment, as well as skills such as communication, teamwork and conflict resolution, underpin the notion of responsible leadership and consequently what is taught in the program.
QASD is being piloted in Egypt, Palestine and Qatar, targeting senior university students and fresh graduates, and will reinforce attitudes and skills that lead to increased employability within those countries. The program will not just expose participants to other like-minded youth, but it will also connect them to responsible leaders within their countries, which will also serve to increase their social capital. QASD includes a practical component that focuses on the development of socially innovative business models.