On October 7 at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, EuropEFE CEO Salvatore Nigro joined speakers in discussing EFE’s role in creating job opportunities in the growing sector of renewable energy for youth in the MENA region. Eye on Earth is the convergence of a series of initiatives by several organizations over the past few years that collectively address the global challenge of increasing access to information to support sustainable development across the globe.

To learn more about EFE and Eye on Earth’s shared interest in environmental friendliness and sustainability as well as economic and youth development, check out the details of the summit here.


On October 2nd at the Concordia Summit in New York City, Education For Employment (EFE) President and CEO Jamie McAuliffe and YouGov Senior Research Director - MENA Joao Neves headed a discussion roundtable on the unique challenges that young women in the MENA region face when seeking employment. The private roundtable discussion previewed findings of EFE, Bayt.com and YouGov’s recent survey of young women and employers in the region.

Youth unemployment is a significant issue in MENA for both young men and women, but women face unique challenges when navigating into the work environment. Despite the fact that there are more women than men in universities in the region, in many countries women face unemployment rates much higher than their male counterparts. Women may also face unique barriers in areas related to transportation, cultural and employer expectations.

The Concordia Summit convenes some of the world’s preeminent thought leaders and decision makers to address today’s most pressing, global challenges and highlight the potential for effective collaboration between businesses, governments, and nonprofits.

Full analysis of the EFE, YouGov and Bayt.com survey will be released in fall 2015.

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In a special series to celebrate International Youth Day, Philanthropy Age, one of the premier philanthropy news outlets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) focused on EFE’s assessment of the skills gap, and the solutions that businesses and others are adopting to address it. You can read the full article with remarks from EFE President and CEO here.

huffingtonpost socialinnovation1Conflict and upheaval have dominated the news on the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) in 2015. But there is another side to the story, one that focuses on the way that youth and business social innovators are reshaping the region through their solutions.

In the summer of 2015, to celebrate "what's working" in MENA, EFE and The Huffington Post launched joint blog series "Social Innovation: What's Working in the Middle East & North Africa."  Kicked off in conjunction with the launch of HuffPost Arabi, the newest international edition of The Huffington Post, the blog series features Arabic, English and French blogs from EFE alumni, team and board leaders - all social innovators committed to building a bright future for the region.  In the series, our graduates describe using their professional skills to lead a range of initiatives - from tackling hemophilia in Yemen, to linking disabled Egyptians to the workforce, and beyond.  

You can find more Huffington Post blogs from here.



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Yemen's Life Pulse: Social Entrepreneurs
Abdulhakeem Saeed As-Sabri Founder of Life Pulse Initiative



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Pioneering Social Solutions In The Arab World
Raza Jafar, Entrepreneur/Philanthropist


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The Answer to Ending Youth Unemployment in Palestine
Raad Nazzal, Social Entrepreneur 



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How To Unlock Egyptian Abilities
Doaa Gadallah, Social Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Egyptian Abilities

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Building Skills That Build Societies in Morocco
Layla Madihi, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator at Education For Employment – Maroc (EFE-Maroc) 




Appearing among the predictions of other global leaders in Philanthropy Age’s June 2nd edition focusing on aid in 2025, EFE Founder & Chair Ron Bruder discussed how he is hopeful for the future of youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa, and how the Media’s pervasive negative converge of MENA events is due for a change.

According to Ron, this positive outlook is a result of the “education systems and businesses working together to anticipate future skills needs.” This type of skills-based education and training is one that EFE has used to place thousands of youth in jobs across the MENA region, and is one of the many reasons why Ron believes that we may witness a period of “creative energy and growth” in this region over the next few years.

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