Project Name: Kiva Arab Youth
Inception date: March 2012
Current status: Active
Expected outcomes: Approximately 1,700 youth enterprises supported, $2 million of funding mobilized over 12 months.
Partner(s): Kiva, 9 microfinance institutions in MENA
Countries covered: Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq
Description: Peer-to-peer lending channel on Kiva.org to support young Arab entrepreneurs.
Project Name: Ta3mal
Inception date: April 2012
Current status: Launched in April 2012 as Masrworks.com in Egypt. As of March 2014, the portal had over 61,000 registered users across the region.
Expected outcomes: 250,000 young people registered and accessing employability support by end of April 2015
Regional Partner(s): Microsoft
Country Partner(s): Bedaya Center (Qatar), Microsoft (Egypt), Edupartage (Tunisia), Foras (Iraq), World Learning (Algeria)
Countries covered: Regional; specialized portals for Egypt, Qatar, Iraq, Algeria and Tunisia
Description: 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 online career guidance, e-learning, employability and entrepreneurship training, to specific work experience and job opportunities. Local partners provide specialized content and access to services appropriate for selected countries.
In coming years, Silatech and Microsoft will launch Ta3mal in additional countries, bringing together the diverse range of interventions and support available through public, private and civil society initiatives.