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
Project Name: Tamheed
Inception date: September 2010
Current status: Launched April 2011. As of October 2013, over 200 advisors are delivering services in 50 centers.
Expected outcomes: 100 centers providing career advice to 10,000+ young people by mid-2014
Regional Partner(s): Mindmill, Bright Language
Country Partner(s): Microsoft, Ministry of Youth (Egypt); Bedaya Center, Qatar University, Community College of Qatar (Qatar); Edupartage (Tunisia); Anapec (Morocco); International Youth Foundation (Palestine)
Countries covered: Qatar, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Regional
Description: Tamheed delivers quality career advice and placement support services to be available scale. 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 from UK-based Mindmill delivered online in Arabic, English and French, the results of which can be used for both advice guidance and screening; advisor training and automated reports; language assessments from Bright Language; and, a framework for career advising that creates an action plan towards career success. Tamheed career guidance services are provided in physical career centers, as well as online. Tamheed is also integrated into Silatech’s and Microsoft's online employability portals (such as 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, while supporting the overall sustainability of the initiative.