Silatech created and sustained more than 300,000 jobs for Arab youth by the end of 2016 through a network of more than 150 partners.
This was revealed by the Doha-based regional social organisation in a press statement, highlighting its achievements last year.
Stressing that 2016 marked a year of significant milestones for it, the organisation said its key achievements included signing strategic partnerships to create and sustain more than 1mn job opportunities by 2020 across the Arab region through its core programmatic pillars: Enterprise Development, Employment, and Policy and Research.
The statement also described 2016 as “a year of successes in preventing the radicalisation of Arab youth through job creation”.
The highlights of 2016 included collaborations to create and sustain job opportunities across the region.
In Sudan, Silatech signed an agreement with the Agricultural Bank of Sudan to promote Islamic microfinance to support youth entrepreneurs and create 23,000 jobs, in addition to partnering with Social Development Bank to create 20,000 jobs for graduates to start their own enterprises.
In Tunisia, Silatech signed an agreement with Enda Tamweel to create more than 580,000 jobs across Tunisia via providing support to entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses, and supports the innovative Smart Tunisia programme in enabling 50,000 jobs by 2020.
Building on the success of the pilot partnership programme, Silatech renewed its partnership with Attawfiq Microfinance in Morocco adding up to 140,000 jobs for Moroccan youth.
Silatech extended its innovative partnerships to Syria, where it collaborated with Qatar Red Crescent Scoeity to provide on-the-ground training for displaced youth develop their skills and provide 1,700 jobs.
In Palestine, Silatech partnered with Talal Abu Ghazaleh Group to launch the ‘Khadamati’ portal to allow craftsmen in Palestine to advertise their products and services and connect them with customers and markets, and an MoU with UNRWA to promote employment opportunities for youth working in the construction sector.
The organisation, along with its founding partner of Ta3mal portal — Microsoft, announced their collaboration with the Rwanga foundation to launch the second edition of Ta3mal.com in Iraq, a regional online employment portal that helps Arab youth and job seekers find support to transition into the world of work.
Silatech works to position itself as a leader in social and economic empowerment to tackle the rise of youth unemployment in the Arab region, the statement adds.
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