Palestine EFE was founded in 2008 to provide hope and employment for youth, with limited opportunity due to the economic crisis and regional instability. EFE’s groundbreaking programs provide more than hope; they provide jobs, incomes, and futures for Palestinian youth.
Trained in power supply and electrical engineering, Mohammed was confident that finding a job would be easy. But months upon months of searching for employment proved otherwise. Mohammed, like many young Palestinians, was frustrated and ready to leave his home to search for employment in one of the Gulf countries.
Mohammed Milhem says EFE changed his life.
Now working as a full-time employee at South Electrics Company, Mohammed is contributing to his family and hoping to travel one day. He is extremely grateful to have a job, especially one so near his home, and is working hard to improve every day.
In consultation with Palestinian business leaders, EFE created its highly innovative Mini-MBA Business Training Program to teach unemployed university graduates the practical skills that employers need and to place them in jobs.
The Mini-MBA Program, designed by the leading University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, uses a rigorous hands-on marketplace simulation to teach crucial business techniques. In addition to learning marketing, management, finance, analysis, communication and presentation skills, students complete an intensive class in business English, designed in response to private-sector demand for English-language ability.
EFE launched a Construction Management Program to train unemployed Palestinian engineering graduates. The program was developed by experts from Colorado State University (CSU), a leader in Construction Management and is supported by Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), the Said Foundation and the United Palestinian Appeal.
In June 2009, Palestinian EFE launched the Jobs for Hope - AMAL training and job-placement program, which incorporates instruction in business English, EFE’s Workplace Success (professional skills) program, and EFE’s “Mini-MBA” accounting training. The three-year project, which was made possible thanks to a US$1.65 million grant from the Drosos Foundation of Switzerland, will provide training and employment opportunities to 450 young Palestinians in the West Bank.
Chair and CEO, Sinokrot Global Group (SGG); Former Minister of National Economy
Country Director - West Bank & Gaza, CHF International
Samih Al Abid
Former Minister of Public Works & Housing of the Palestinian Authority;
Head of the Infrastructure Group within the ministerial cabinet
Jawdat Al Khoudary
Managing Partner, Sakka & Khodari
Founder and General Manager, Pharmacare'Chair,
Palestinian Federation of Industries
Hiba I. Husseini
Senior Attorney and Managing Partner, Husseini & Husseini;
Former Vice-Chair, Palestine Securities Exchange
Samer Said Khoury
Executive Vice President, Consolidated Contractors Corporation (CCC)
Former Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology;
Unit Head, Birzeit Innovation Group (BIG)
Chairman & GM, Bank of Palestine, PLC
Azzam A. Shawwa
GM, Al-Quds Bank for Development and Investment; Former Minister of Energy
Founder and Chair, EFE-Global
President & CEO, EFE-Global