Main Project Partners:

Mindmill, Bright Language, Pearson Education, Edexcel, Kiva, Afif, Grameen Jameel, Mspired, QNB, PayPal, International Organization for Migration, Qatar Charity, American Refugee Committee, GIZ, Sanabel


Project Name: Narwi

Inception date: March 2013

Current status: Under development

Expected outcomes: 12-15 field partners, $3-4 million of funding mobilized in year one.

Partner(s): Kiva, Afif, Grameen Jameel, Mspired, QNB, PayPal, International Organization for Migration, Qatar Charity, American Refugee Committee

Countries covered: Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Somalia (forthcoming)

Description: Peer-to-peer lending channel to support young Arab entrepreneurs

Project Name: SILA Angel Investment Network

Inception date: October 2012

Current status: Operational

Expected outcomes: This regional angel investment network is expected to mobilize investment opportunities, contributing to the knowledge economy sector of Qatar and spurring interest in and awareness of the angel investment model. Upon successful implementation of the pilot in Qatar, the network will be upscaled to the regional level.

Partner(s): Enterprise Qatar (EQ), Qatar Development Bank (QDB), Bedaya Center (Founding Partners); Qatar Foundation (Knowledge Partner)

Countries covered: Qatar, regional (after pilot)

Description: The SILA regional angel investment network is an initiative that aims to match startup and early stage entrepreneurs from across the MENA region with “business angels” to provide them with startup and growth capital. The program also includes various educational and awareness programs for entrepreneurs and prospective business angels.

Project Name: Ta3mal

Inception date: April 2012

Current status: Launched in April 2012 as 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.

Project Name: Tamheed

Inception date: September 2010

Current status: Launched April 2011. As of March 2014, close to 300 advisors are delivering services in 88 centers.

Expected outcomes: 115 centers providing career advice to 14,000+ young people by mid-2014

Regional Partner(s): Mindmill, Bright Language

Country Partner(s): Microsoft, Ministry of Youth, Nahdet El Mahrousa (Egypt); Bedaya Center, Qatar University, College of the North Atlantic, Community College of Qatar (Qatar); Edupartage (Tunisia); Anapec (Morocco); International Youth Foundation (Palestine); World Learning (Algeria); Glowork (Saudi Arabia); Tamweelcom (Jordan)

Countries covered: Qatar, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, 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 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.

Project Name: Kiva Arab Youth

Inception date: March 2012

Current status: Active

Expected outcomes: Approximately 3,000 youth enterprises supported, $3.8 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 to support young Arab entrepreneurs

Project Name: Regional Youth Savings Initiative

Inception date: March 2012

Current status: Active

Expected outcomes: 150,000 youth influenced to saving through social marketing campaigns, 50,000 youth provided with financial literacy, 50,000 provided with youth savings accounts

Partner(s): GIZ, Sanabel, and regional financial institutions

Countries covered: Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia

Description:Provision of dedicated youth savings accounts combined with financial literacy to increase financial access for low-income youth

Project Name: IFAD Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program

Inception date: February 2013

Current status: Active

Expected outcomes: 18,000 youth living in rural areas provided with financial and non-financial support services

Partner(s): IFAD, Making Cents International, AMB, ABB, MicroCred, Proinvest, Plan Egypt

Countries covered: Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia

Description: $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.