Silatech In Tunisia

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Main Project Partners:

Tunisiana, Ooredoo, ProInvest, TunInvest, Edupartage, World Bank, Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), La Poste, Tunisiana, Edupartage, Mercy Corps, Développement international Desjardins (DID), MicroCred

Contact: info@silatech.com

Project Name: MobiWorks

Inception date: January 2012

Current status: Under development, expected launch at end of 2012 in Tunisia

Expected outcomes: Connect 3000 young people in Tunisia with opportunities and resources by end of 2013

Partner(s): Tunisiana, Qtel, ProInvest

Countries covered: Tunisia initially, with potential for regional scale-up

Description: MobiWorks is a mobile portal that will connect young people without Internet access to employability resources, financial inclusion and job opportunities via a basic GSM mobile phone. Offered in partnership with Tunisiana, the portal will aggregate opportunities from various youth serving organizations and enable young people to connect with them.

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.

Project Name: Tunisia Youth Savings Initiative

Inception date: July 2013

Current status: Under development

Expected outcomes: 50,000 youth influenced through social marketing, at least 20,000 youth provided with financial literacy, at least 20,000 provided with savings accounts over two years

Partner(s): La Poste, Tunisiana, Proinvest, Edupartage, Mercy Corps

Countries covered: Tunisia

Description: Provision of dedicated youth savings accounts combined with financial literacy to increase financial access for low-income youth. Piloting of innovative M-savings solutions

Project Name: TunInvest Croissance FCPR Fund

Inception date: January 2013

Current status: Implementation phase

Expected outcomes: The creation of more than 2,500 job opportunities over 12 years, through the SMEs that the fund will finance and support

Partner(s): TunInvest

Countries covered: Tunisia

Description: This is a country level fund, with Silatech acting as a co-investor along with other public and private co-investors. The fund will invest equity and quasi-equity in SMEs established in Tunisia that have innovative business models or provide innovative products and services.

Project Name: MobiSouk

Inception date: July 2013

Current status: Active

Expected outcomes: Market access support to over 50,000 youth-run microenterprises

Partner(s): Tunisiana, Provinvest

Countries covered: Tunisia

Description: A mobile portal that will connect young people without Internet access to a B2C and B2B virtual marketplace solution where they can offer services and products.

Project Name: Emergency Support to Young Rural Tunisians

Inception date: May 2012

Current status: Implementation beginning in late 2012

Expected outcomes: 3,000 young people connected with training, internships and microfinance

Partner(s): World Bank, Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), Tunisiana

Countries covered: Tunisia

Description: Program will provide emergency income support and short-term employment opportunities to approximately 3,000 youth (18-34) to help them meet basic needs through cash-for-work, training, internship and self-employment. Silatech and Tunisiana are supporting the mobile components of the project, ensuring that this support is provided inclusively and transparently through outreach and M&E. JSDF Emergency Window has provided funding for the project.

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 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.

Project Name: Technical Assistance to MicroCred

Inception date: October 2013

Current status: Under development

Expected outcomes: 10,000 youth-run businesses supported

Partner(s): MicroCred

Countries covered: Tunisia

Description: Support to the design of youth and mobile financial and non-financial services. Loan capital, BDS, technical assistance around a youth startup product, in addition to youth-run businesses.

Project Name: Technical Assistance to Entrepreneurship Finance Centre (EFC)

Inception date: October 2013

Current status: Under development

Expected outcomes: 1,000 youth-run businesses supported

Partner(s): Tuninvest, Développement international Desjardins (DID)

Countries covered: Tunisia

Description: Support to the design of youth financial and non-financial services