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  • News | EFE and Trafigura Foundation Partner for a Fairer Labor Market in Egypt


    For Egyptian youth graduating from university, the labor market looks broken. One in three university graduates in Egypt is without work, and those who are employed often lack the protection and stability of a work contract. This spring, EFE launched a partnership with the Trafigura Foundation which will enable EFE to test new approaches for engaging employers to create a fair and more responsive labor market.  In addition, EFE-Egypt will train 350 unemployed Egyptian youth and place them into career-building jobs....

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  • News | EFE Unpacks Youth Unemployment Challenge for Forbes Middle East


    On the heels of the 2019 Dead Sea World Economic Forum in Jordan, EFE's Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President for Strategy & Partnerships, explained the drivers behind youth unemployment across the Middle East and North Africa in an op-ed for Forbes Middle East.  In "To Unlock The Economic Potential Of MENA, We Must Address The Region’s Youth Unemployment Crisis," Jasmine presents EFE's distinctive on-the-ground insights and proposes steps that can turn the youth unemployment crisis into an asset for the region.  You can read the full article here....

  • News | French Ambassador Celebrates EFE Program for Refugees


    On 24 March, the French Ambassador to Jordan David Bertolotti and the Jordanian Minister of Labor Samir Murad joined EFE-Jordan for a behind-the-scenes 'kitchen tour' of our training program for unemployed Syrian refugees and Jordanian youth.  Thanks to our partnership with the Agence Française de Développement, 1,350 Syrian and Jordanian youth will train side-by-side learning the skills in demand for jobs in the hospitality industry, such as chefs and bakers.  The training is especially critical for female Syrian refugees, who receive only 4% of the work permits that Jordan awards to Syrians ...

  • About | About EFE


    Education For Employment (EFE) is the leading nonprofit that trains youth and links them to jobs across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  This pivotal region is the hardest place on the planet for youth to get their first job – they are three times more likely to be unemployed than older adults.  EFE believes in the positive power of youth in MENA. We are confident that youth can transform the trajectory of the region if we give them the chance.  So, we built a network operating in nine countries across the region to bring this vision to life. Through the EFE Network, we match business...

  • About | Partners and Funders


    Over 3,400 companies, educational institutions, government ministries, community centers, corporations and others have partnered with EFE to create economic opportunity for unemployed Arab youth....

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  • About | MENA Region Board


    EFE-Egypt Anis Aclimandos (Chair): Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham Egypt)Dr. Abla Abdel-Latif, Chairwoman, Presidential Advisory Council for Economic DevelopmentAhmed Abou Ali: Partner, Hassouna & Abou AliHossam Allam: Managing Director, Head of MENA and New Markets, Hassan Allam ServicesAmr Badr: Managing Director, AmCham Inc. Andrew Baird: CEO, EFE-GlobalRonald Bruder: Founder, Education For EmploymentAdel Danish: Chairman & CEO, The Smart VillageHisham Fahmy: CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham Egypt) Alaa Hashem: Co-Founder and Executive Partn...

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    Each day, EFE team members around the world collaborate to empower youth in the Middle East & North Africa with demand-driven skills that lead to employment, dignity, and hope.  We look for dynamic, talented and passionate people to help us advance our mission. We are an equal employment opportunity employer, and it is our policy to seek out and hire, at all levels, individuals without regard to race, religion, age, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical ability. We affirm our policy of offering equal employment opportunities to all individuals through our...

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  • Our Programs | Job Placement Training


    Job Placement Training is our globally-recognized core model. Informed by partnerships with thousands of employers and world-class education experts, programs in this track provide unemployed youth with the professional and vocational skills that local businesses seek. When trainees graduate, we link them to job opportunities in a wide range of industries such as technology, retail sales, construction, and nursing, to name just a few.  This track focuses on unemployed university-educated youth who are disconnected from the labor market and need high-impact support to secure employment....

  • Our Programs | Entrepreneurship


    In areas where the private sector does not generate enough job opportunities, our entrepreneurship programs prepare young people to become self-employed or to launch microenterprises.  We do this by imparting the skills they need to structure and start a small business, and by connecting our alumni to financing, mentoring and other follow-up supports. ...

  • Our Programs | Pathways To A Job


    The Pathways to a Job program track includes short-term trainings that help youth to transition successfully from education into their first job. Using a light-touch approach, we equip thousands of university students or recent graduates with the necessary tools for a successful job search: from researching job openings, to writing a CV and cover letter, to delivering a strong interview. By forming partnerships to deliver these trainings through public universities and government ministries, EFE also enhances the capacity of these local institutions to prepare youth for the workforce in the fu...

  • Our Programs | Alumni Engagement


    At EFE, youth learn more than the skills they need to succeed in the world of work.  They develop the confidence and capability to uplift their families, improve their communities, and advocate for better economic opportunities for the generations of youth that follow.  To help our graduates unlock their potential, the EFE Alumni Network coordinates volunteer activities, continuing professional development courses, and networking and mentoring events....

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  • Take Action | Employ EFE Alumni


    “Partnering with EFE to complement our hiring and training approach has proven inspirational.  We started working on recruiting the next waves of graduates and new-hires …While in parallel, feedback from the Workplace Success training is so positive that all our employees are now asking to have it rolled out!”Radwen Tekaya, General Manager, Vistaprint TunisieBusiness success depends on having the right people, with the right skills, at the right time – a challenge employers face every day. EFE helps bridge the talent gap in the MENA region by working closely with businesses to develop targeted...

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    "Over eight years have passed, and I am still in touch with a number of my EFE-Palestine classmates; they all went on to be very successful business people. Some of them hold important positions at banks, others at governmental institutions, and others work in international NGOs.”Kamel, Alumnus, Palestine.Over 3,200 companies, foundations, educational institutions, government ministries, and community centers collaborate with us to create economic opportunity for unemployed youth. Here’s why:We are unique. EFE is the only organization of its kind in the MENA that offers youth a complete path f...

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  • Our Network Overview | Our Network Overview


    Since 2006, we have built a network of nonprofits to provide young people in the Middle East and North Africa with the tools to start a job, build their futures and give back to their communities. Our network is made up of locally-run EFE Affiliates in Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, which train youth and link them to the world of work. EFE-Global offices in the United States (Washington, DC and New York City), Europe (Madrid), and the UAE (Dubai) provide assistance, training, expertise and networks to support the EFE Affiliates.Our network mixes local insig...

  • Our Network | Egypt


    EFE-Egypt was founded in 2007 with a clear mission: to give youth a brighter future and help businesses find the skilled entry-level employees their industries demand. Based in Cairo, EFE-Egypt has also operated programs to link youth to opportunity in Alexandria, Qena and Port Said.THE IMPACTOver 5,760 Egyptian youth linked to employment and the wider world of work.54% of EFE-Egypt graduates are young women.111 employers have hired EFE-Egypt alumni....

  • Our Network | Jordan


    FE-Jordan was established in 2006 as the first EFE Affiliate, and today is one of Jordan's leading youth employment organizations. Based in Amman, EFE-Jordan operates across Jordan, particularly in under-served areas in Irbid and Zarqa.  In 2016, EFE-Jordan expanded its operations to provide job training and placement programs for Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities.THE IMPACTOver 8,500 youth in Jordan linked to employment and the wider world of work.63% of EFE-Jordan graduates are young women.462 employers have hired EFE-Jordan alumni....

  • Our Network | Morocco


    Established in Casablanca in 2006, EFE-Maroc became the first EFE Affiliate to undertake a national expansion in 2011 and today is the largest Affiliate in the EFE Network. EFE-Maroc's operations have broadened to reach Grand Casablanca, Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer, Doukala–Abda and Tanger-Tetouan, and it continues to expand its reach to additional geographies. In addition to supporting unemployed Moroccan youth, in 2019 EFE-Maroc is piloting programs for Syrian and Yemeni refugees living in Morocco.THE IMPACTOver 50,000 Moroccan youth linked to employment and the wider world of work.52% of EFE-Mo...

  • Our Network | Palestine


    One of the earliest affiliates of the EFE Network, EFE-Palestine's first graduates completed their training in Gaza in 2006.Today, EFE-Palestine operates in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, where it provides demand-driven training to youth with limited opportunity, and offers startup support to aspiring entrepreneurs.  It is the first EFE Affiliate to pioneer training in online freelancing for youth from communities where physical barriers limit their ability to find employment.THE IMPACTOver 11,600 Palestinian youth linked to employment and the wider world of work.64% of Palestine EFE gradu...

  • Our Network | Saudi Arabia


    The newest EFE Affiliate, EFE-Saudi Arabia publicly launched in 2017 to provide underprivileged and unemployed young Saudi women and men with demand-driven training directly linked to economic opportunities. Its establishment was guided by a private sector advisory committee along with seed funding and incubation from leading Saudi Arabian companies and foundations.THE IMPACTOver 3,170 Saudi youth linked to employment and the world of work.53% of EFE Saudi Arabia graduates are young women.61 employers have hired EFE-Saudi Arabia alumni....

  • Our Network | Tunisia


    EFE-Tunisie launched in 2012 after the Tunisian Revolution brought the nation's youth unemployment challenge into global headlines. EFE-Tunisie has become the country’s leading civil society organization addressing youth unemployment by providing young women and men with skills and tools to find their first job or start a business, while also bringing together Tunisian and international partners in public-private partnerships. EFE-Tunisie is based in Tunis and also operates in the underserved interior regions.THE IMPACTOver 12,670 Tunisian youth linked to employment and the wider world of work...

  • Our Network | UAE


    More than an office, EFE’s UAE Hub serves as a regional base for creating initiatives, partnerships and visibility that will increase youth employment across the Middle East and North Africa. EFE-UAE was formed under the royal patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and former Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE. Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, UAE, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Chairperson of NAMA serves as EFE’s Honorary Patron of Global Women’s Inclusio...

  • Our Network | Yemen


    Education For Employment Yemen was founded in 2008 and acts as a bridge between youth and private sector or self-employment opportunities. It first established offices in Sana'a and Taiz, and expanded to the governorates of Aden, Abyan, Al-Dhalea, Lahj, Marib, Al-Jawf, Amran and Shabwah. In 2016, EFE-Yemen paused programming amid the violence of Yemen's civil war. It resumed operations in 2017 as one of the few organizations offering tangible employment and economic opportunities to youth amid the ongoing conflict.THE FACTSOver 4,900 Yemeni youth linked to employment or the wider world of work...

  • News | EFE and Citi Foundation Launch Event Series Showcasing 6-Year Partnership


    In labour markets where companies struggle to find the right talent due to a severe skills’ mismatch, EFE and Citi Foundation partner to provide young people with the exact skills needed to unlock economic opportunity. Since 2013, EFE and Citi Foundation have contributed to the socio-economic growth of Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the UAE through labour market analyses, innovation, skills’ trainings, and career-launching jobs for youth. To mark our 6th year partnership, EFE and Citi Foundation are launching an event series on 2-4th July in London to showcase the work being cond...

  • News | EFE Cited as a Model Social Franchise in Forbes Column


    On 20 June 2019, franchising expert Professor Hachemi Aliouch cited EFE as a model for successful social franchising in his Forbes column, "Africa in Need of New Solutions: Social Entrepreneurship and Franchising to the Rescue."  Drawing on research from the Global Social Franchising Index, the article makes the case that social franchising is an important approach to economic development in countries with large populations and low levels of citizen well-being.  You can read the full text here. ...

  • News | EFE Founder Featured in 'One Hundred Influencers in Philanthropy'


    In June 2019, leading philanthropy advisory firm ONE HUNDRED released 'One Hundred Influencers in Philanthropy,' a report providing a panoramic overview of trends, opportunities and challenges in the philanthropic landscape.  We are delighted that EFE's Founder, Ron Bruder, was selected as one of the 100 global leaders featured in the report, in recognition of his groundbreaking work founding EFE.  You can find his and other viewpoints in the report here. ...

  • News | EFE Summit Catalyzes Innovation for Youth Employment


    Nearly 100 EFE staff members, board members, alumni and special partners from around the world gathered in Dubai from 6-8 March for the annual EFE Summit. As one of the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) most important events advancing a positive vision for Arab youth employment, the EFE Summit’s interactive sessions and panel discussions enabled attendees to exchange best practices and innovation to catalyse Arab youth employment. The event occurs at a critical juncture for MENA: more than 27 million MENA youth will come of working age in the next five years in a region that already strugg...

  • News | MBC1 News Highlights the EFE Summit


    The popular MBC News took viewers behind the scenes are the EFE Summit’s VIP luncheon “The Transformative Power of a First Job” held on 6 March 2019 in Dubai with support from MBC AL AMAL.You can hear from event speakers and watch the action here....

  • News | NAMA Pledges Support to EFE’s Efforts to Connect 3,500 Women and Youth in MENA to Job Opportunities


    At the Education For Employment (EFE) Summit held recently in Dubai, longstanding partners NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) and EFE enter a landmark year-long partnership, through which NAMA supports EFE’s efforts to train 3,500 Jordanian, Palestinian and Egyptian youth– 50 percent of them young women – and link them to job opportunities in alignment with EFE’s distinctive model.This partnership with NAMA will help provide the necessary core support to EFE Affiliates in Jordan, Palestine and Egypt to fulfil their goals in providing EFE’s high-quality Job Placement Training Program t...

  • News | Leading Morning Show Profiles EFE Impact + Leader


    Sabah Al Khair Ya Arab, one of the most popular morning shows in the Arab World, broadcast a deep-dive into EFE’s impact during the EFE Summit.  The segment, featuring EFE-Jordan CEO Ghadeer Khuffash and EFE-UAE Board Member and Head of CSR at MBC Group Mariam Farag, highlighted the impact that the EFE Network has created for unemployed youth and women, as well as for refugees. You can watch the full interview here....

  • News | Forbes Feature Highlights EFE's Impact for Women


    Forbes published a deep-dive into EFE’s work connecting youth to jobs in the tourism sector in “How Tourism is Creating Opportunity for Millions of Unemployed Arab Women and Youth.”  The article highlights how EFE’s job placement training program is helping unemployed youth – especially young women – get the skills they need to thrive at work with employer partners like Marriott and Four Seasons.  Pointing to EFE-Jordan’s National Hospitality Campaign, the article draws attention to EFE’s efforts to raise the reputation of the hospitality sector in order to encourage more youth to begin career...

  • News | EFE and FedEx Link Women to Work in the UAE


    34 youth from Ras Al Khaimah, an emirate in the UAE where youth struggle to find work, are starting their first job as call center agents this month thanks to our new partnership with FedEx. Over 97% of our graduates in the UAE are young women....

  • News | EFE-Egypt and Emirates NBD Launch Partnership


    With 34% of university graduates in Egypt out of work, EFE-Egypt has launched a partnership with the Federation of Egyptian Industries and Helwan University to bring EFE’s private sector insights to students before they graduate. In an ongoing project supported by Emirates NBD, EFE-Egypt has prepared near 380 university students – 69% of them young women – to navigate a successful job search....

  • News | EFE-Jordan Raises Awareness of Gender-Based Violence


    EFE-Jordan organized awareness sessions on gender-based violence for Jordanian and Syrian women. The sessions are part of a partnership with UN Women to empower 500 women in the underserved communities of Tafieleh, East Amman, Zarqa, Karak and Ma’an under the EU Madad Fund....

  • News | EFE-Maroc Comedic Play on the Job Search Receives Rave Reviews


    In Casablanca, EFE-Maroc and 19h Théâtre premiered an original comedic play in Moroccan Arabic to raise awareness of youth employment issues.  The play received rave reviews in the Moroccan press, and you can watch a trailer here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXgoa_0iBwI...

  • News | EFE-Yemen Solar Power Training Brings Jobs and Light to Communities in Darkness


    Yemen's civil war has disrupted the country's energy infrastructure and led to rapidly-rising fuel prices. To illuminate communities in darkness, EFE-Yemen is training unemployed youth for jobs in the solar power sector with support from GIZ. Our trainees learn solar cell maintenance, entrepreneurship basics and financial literacy before being linked to jobs or startup support....

  • News | Forbes Cites EFE As a Social Franchise Addressing a Global Issue


    On 10 December 2018, Forbes published an article highlighting the potential of 'social franchising' and the work of top global organizations including Education For Employment (EFE).  According to "How Social Franchising Can Address Global Social Issues" authored by Dr. E. Hachemi Aliouche, "applying the principles of franchising to grow and multiply successful social enterprises – social franchising - provides the necessary scale to make a substantial and lasting impact in the struggle to resolve massive global social challenges."  The EFE Network is one of the few social franchising in the M...

  • News | EFE Launches #BuildYourFuture Campaign


    EFE has launched #BuildYourFuture(Eng) /#ابني_مستقبلك (Ar) aregional media campaign to boost youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa.  In partnership with MBC Hope and the Western Union Foundation, the campaign encourages youth to be proactive in pursuing a first job and facilitates their enrollment in EFE.  The campaign, which includes a commercial on MBC, social media posts, and media appearances, features the faces and stories of real EFE alumni.  This reflects our belief that youth can serve as role models in reshaping the future and the world around them. You can watch an int...

  • News | Inc. Highlights EFE as an Opportunity for Companies to Create Impact


    In a recent article titled ‘3 Ways to Quickly Give Your Startup a Purpose’, Inc. Magazine points to EFE as an opportunity for startups and companies focused in the Middle East and North Africa to build their brand through creating a social impact.  Our  Senior Vice President of Strategy & Partnership Jasmine Nahhas di Florio highlights EFE's  commitment to addressing youth employment in the MENA region where 70 million youth are unemployed. You can read and share the article here. ...

  • News | EFE-Jordan Launches National Hospitality Campaign


    In Jordan, more than one in four youth is unemployed.  But the growing tourism and hospitality sector is desperate to recruit employees who have the right skills and mindset for the job.  To help youth connect to the 20,000 job openings that are expected to exist by the year 2020, EFE-Jordan launched a National Hospitality Campaign in October 2018.  In partnership with the Ministry of Labor, the Drosos Foundation​ and the Velaj Foundation, the national campaign uses TV, radio, billboards, events and social media to introduce youth to the benefits of a career in hospitality, and provides youth ...

  • News | EFE Welcomes First Graduate Board Member


    In October 2018, EFE-Global welcomed Mohammad Shishtawi as the first EFE Alumnus Board Member.  The appointment reflects Mr. Shishtawi’s significant achievements and EFE’s belief in the distinctive value that youth contribute to organizations. He currently serves as a Quality Assurance Officer for Pharmacy One, the largest pharmacy chain in Jordan. Mr. Shishtawi assumed the role in 2016 after graduating from EFE-Jordan. Since graduating and becoming employed, he has engaged in his community and with the media as an advocate and champion of youth employment. Mr. Shishtawi volunteers as an inspi...

  • News | EFE-Maroc Alumni Learn How to Make Short Films with Bent Marble


    EFE-Maroc in collaboration with Steve Clack, founder of Bent Marble, hosted a two-week workshop on filmmaking and production. With expert guidance on the basics of videography and editing, EFE alumni got the opportunity to make their own short documentary films.  The final products show off their hidden talents by capturing the issues that matter to their lives, with a focus on the employment journey that they or other young Moroccans have pursued.Steve Clack is an American director and the Founder of Bent Marble, an organization that provides free documentary filmmaking workshops to youth aro...

  • News | EFE-Jordan Connects Syrian Refugees to Jobs


    Over 200 Syrian refugees have improved their lives through EFE’s training programs in Jordan.  In 2016, the Jordanian government granted Syrian refugees the ability to work legally in some sectors, enabling   EFE-Jordan and its partners to offer life-changing skills training and job placement to Syrian refugees for the first time. EFE-Jordan has successfully implemented a number of programs dedicated to training Syrian refugees and placing them in jobs in areas such as garment manufacturing, beauty, and hospitality.  Importantly, EFE-Jordan also provides job training and placement to unemploye...

  • News | Boeing and EFE Partner for Young Women's Employment in Morocco


    Only 26% of women in Morocco participate in the labor force (World Bank, 2018), leaving ten million of the country's women with no access to the economic opportunities that come with decent work.  To support young Moroccan women in entering the workforce, Boeing and EFE expanded our multi-year partnership to Morocco, where we trained over 80 young women with the skills they need to secure a job.  Through EFE's 'Finding a Job Is a Job' program, the young women learned where and how to seek job openings, how to write a stellar CV, and how to deliver an effective interview.  The participants were...

  • News | Karthik Venkataraman, Partner at Bain & Co., Joins EFE-Global Board


    EFE-Global is pleased to welcome to the Board of Directors Karthik Venkataraman, a partner in Bain & Company's Washington DC office. He is an expert in Bain's Results Delivery® practice. He has more than 10 years of industry and consulting experience and previously worked in Bain's London and Singapore offices. Karthik works across industries and has extensive experience in retail, airlines and healthcare, with a focus on organizational effectiveness. He also advises on M&A across industries with deep expertise in post-merger integration. Karthik is passionate about economic developmen...

  • News | Citi Foundation and Education For Employment (EFE) Expand Regional Partnership to Empower Unemployed Youth in the UAE


    Education For Employment (EFE), the leading youth employment organization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), in collaboration with the Citi Foundation and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) have partnered in the UAE to support Emiratization and help unemployed Emirati youth to seize economic opportunities. Dima Najim, Managing Director of EFE in the UAE, commented that, “Emirati youth are one of the UAE’s most precious resources.  They are poised to make a valuable contribution to their nation’s growth – if they have access to the right skills, drive and opportunities. ...

  • News | EFE and Citi Foundation Expand Partnership to Saudi Arabia


    April 16, 2018 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Citi today announced the official opening of its new offices in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, located at the Kingdom Tower. The inauguration ceremony was attended by H.E. Eng. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, and top Citi officials including  Michael L. Corbat-Chief Executive Officer, James C. Cowles-CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Atiq Rehman-CEO, Middle East and Africa, Alberto J. Verme-Chairman, Citi Institutional Clients Group, also Chairman-Citigroup Saudi Arabia, Ahmet Bekce, Corporate Banking Head, MENA,...

  • News | Solar Caravan Brings Employability and Coding Skills to Youth Across Morocco


    In Morocco, Education For Employment is partnering with Dell, the Ministry of Youth & Sports, BAYTI and SOS Village to provide youth with employability, IT and coding skills. This project, named “CHEMSI” (“My Sun” in Arabic), is part of Dell’s initiative #LegacyOfGood that aims to provide youth with the digital skills needed to embrace 21st century jobs. Starting April 2018, a solar-powered caravan will tour the cities of Casablanca, El Jadida, Essaouira, Agadir, Ouarzazate, Taznakht, Ait Ourir, Marrakech and Kénitra to impact more than 4,000 youth across Morocco.  You can follow its progr...

  • News | Emirati Women Entrepreneurs Pitch at EFE-NAMA Startup Event


    On the 21st February, 2018, a group of aspiring women entrepreneurs from Sharjah, UAE, pitched their business ideas to a panel of experts in the second phase of the Badiri Business Entrepreneurship program (previously known as JEEL) implemented by EFE with support from NAMA Women Advancement Establishment. During the first stage of the program, participants undergo intensive training in Marketing, Management, and Operations. to help aspiring micro entrepreneurs put together their business plan by providing them with essential knowledge and a core set of business skills. At the pitch event, top...

  • News | Starbucks-EFE workshops to empower Saudi youth


    STARBUCKS KSA and Education For Employment (EFE) have partnered together to introduce a series of workshops that will be focused towards nurturing and inspiring the youth of KSA and helping them make a valuable contribution to the community and economy in the Kingdom.The workshops will be conducted through two unique programs - Opportunity Café and Pathways to a Job. These workshops will help young individuals acquire the skills to find the right job, enable them to make the first step in their career path in the right way, and success in a rapidly-changing global economy which will enhance th...

  • News | EFE, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and The MasterCard Foundation Highlight the Power of Partnerships for Arab Youth Employment at the 2013 Concordia Summit


    On September 27th, EFE Founder and Chair Ron Bruder took the stage at the 2013 Concordia Summit in New York City to discuss the importance of partnerships for youth employment alongside leading EFE partners Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and The MasterCard Foundation, represented by Vice President of ICT & Digital Business Nafez Husseini and Director of Youth Learning Deepali Khanna, respectively.EFE was honored to be one of two nonprofits whose work building multisector partnerships to address complex global issues was featured in a “Partnership Highlight” during the opening of th...

  • News | EFE Vice President Jasmine Nahhas di Florio Addresses Arab Strategy Forum on Using Social Media to Drive Youth Employment


    EFE Vice President Jasmine Nahhas di Florio recently spoke at the 2013 Arab Strategy Forum in the United Arab Emirates. The event took place on March 26 and 27 and was organized by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.Launched in 2001, the Arab Strategy Forum has become a focus point of Arab strategic thinking as well as a consistent launch pad for new programs across the region.This year's edition centered on the theme of “Social Networks and Knowledge Society.†Over the two day conference, numerous speakers touched on how s...

  • News | Barrons Highlights EFE Founder & Chair Ron Bruder in “The Philanthropic Defense”


    Barrons’ Penta column recently featured EFE and its founder Ron Bruder in an article focusing on the Tiger 21 investment group and the value of peer review in shaping strategic, high-performance philanthropy.Using EFE as an example, the article outlines the unique advantage of Tiger 21’s “Philanthropic Defense.” America’s premiere peer-to-peer learning network for high net worth investors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, inventors and top executives, through a “Philanthropic Defenses,” Tiger 21 members present in-depth reviews of their philanthropic endeavors to an audience of their peers. The setup enab...

  • News | EFE-Global Board Chair Badr Jafar discusses Arab youth unemployment crisis on CNBC Access Middle East


    On April 19th, EFE-Global Board Member and Emirati business leader Badr Jafar discussed youth unemployment with CNBC.Discussing the present weaknesses contributing to the youth unemployment crisis in the region, he highlighted the lack of investment in entrepreneurship, poor access to capital for SMEs, and red tape that slows the process of setting up a business in the Arab World.You can watch the interview here....

  • News | World Economic Forum highlights EFE as case study for scaling social enterprise


    In its Policy Guide to Scaling Social Innovation 2013, the World Economic Forum (WEF) featured EFE's work as a case study in social enterprise.The case study outlines the youth unemployment challenge that EFE was created to meet, describes the specific innovations that have led to EFE's success, and outlines best practices that EFE has developed through nearly seven years of growth in the EFE Network and the 1,100+ partnerships that support its operations. In its Practical Advice section, the case study describes the importance of maintaining a “razor sharp focus on what you do best†and th...

  • News | EFE’s Sarah Little Speaks with Kofi Annan and One Young World Youth Ambassadors About Youth Unemployment


    On June 20th, EFE’s Sarah Little spoke with former UN Secretary-General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan and various One Young World Youth Ambassadors about youth unemployment. The event was part of the series Kofi Annan Dialogues, a collection of interactive video conferences convened by Mr. Annan’s foundation, the KofiAnnan Foundation.Sarah, a program associate at EFE, spoke from Jordan, and described multiple facets of EFE’s work in response to Mr. Annan’s request to hear about organizations around the world that are implementing solutions to youth unemployment. Sarah highlighted the importanc...

  • News | Bloomberg News Highlights EFE’s Job Placement Success in Sobering Article on Youth Joblessness and Unrest


    On June 24th, Bloomberg News highlighted EFE’s high job placement rates in an article about youth unemployment and civil unrest in Egypt.“Egypt’s Unemployed Target Mursi After Toppling Mubarak: Jobs” discussed the impact of Egypt’s record-high youth unemployment rate: 8 out of 10 Egyptians without jobs are under the age of 30. Among those, a quarter have university degrees, or higher.EFE was cited as an organizing working to prepare what the author calls an “untrained” labor force.“Education for Employment, a Washington-based nonprofit organization, offers training for young graduates from low...

  • News | London-based Newspaper Al Arab Focuses on EFE’s Work Helping Youth to Meet the Needs of the Labor Market


    The London-based newspaper Al Arab recently profiled Education For Employment (EFE) and CEO Jamie McAuliffe. In its July 9th edition, Al Arab carried an article touching on the youth unemployment crises in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and specifically in those countries directly touched by the Arab Spring.EFE is currently active in six MENA countries - Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, and Yemen - where the youth make up more than a third of the general population, and where youth unemployment rates are acutely high. The younger generation throughout the MENA regio...

  • News | EFE Establishes Gulf Presence with Support from Crescent Enterprises to tackle youth unemployment in the Arab World


    Crescent Enterprises, a UAE-based conglomerate operating across multiple core sectors of the global economy, has partnered as a founding Gulf supporter for EFE to scale up employment programmers for Arab youth across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and provide EFE with ongoing strategic guidance and networking support. As part of the cooperation agreement signed by Badr Jafar, Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Enterprises and Managing Director of Crescent Group, and Ron Bruder, Chairman and Founder of EFE, Crescent Enterprises will support EFE in establishing its presence in the UAE...

  • News | EFE and Parnters Lead Employment and Entrepreneurship Conversation at 2013 C3 Summit


    On October 7th, EFE Founder and Chair Ron Bruder, EFE-Egypt Board Member Wael Fakharany and EFE partners shaped conversations around youth, entrepreneurship, employment and opportunity at the C3 Summit at the Union League Club in New York City.At the opening of the event, Ron Bruder shared his thoughts on the promise of the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA)’s youth generation, and introduced Wael Fakharany, Google’s Regional Director of Egypt & North Africa, to deliver the Summit keynote speech. Drawing attention to his own upbringing in Egypt, Wael discussed the aspirations of Arab yo...

  • News | The Guardian Profiles EFE as Leader in Creating Economic Opportunity and Stability in the Middle East


    In an article on November 21st, British newspaper The Guardian examines youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and what organizations such as Education For Employment (EFE) are doing to help ameliorate the economic and social challenges faced by young people in the region.Quoting EFE Founder & Chair Ron Bruder and EuropEFE CEO Salvatore Nigro, “Middle East Stability Relies on Employment Opportunities for Its Youth” points out the series of challenges that have brought present Arab youth unemployment rates to levels even higher than those witnessed before the Arab Spr...

  • News | Philanthropy Age Profiles EFE Founder & Chair Ron Bruder


    Education For Employment (EFE) Founder & Chair Ron Bruder was interviewed in the most recent issue of Philanthropy Age, released in November.Philanthropy Age is a leading, bilingual source for philanthropic news analysis across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Published quarterly in both Arabic and English, in print and online, the magazine has become a major platform for inspiring philanthropists across the globe. The November issue focused specifically around the themes of education, vocational training and job creation – EFE’s core areas of expertise.Bruder touched on a nu...

  • News | EuropEFE CEO Salvatore Nigro Addresses UNESCO Global Citizenship Education (GCE) Forum


    On December 2, Europe Education For Employment (EuropEFE) CEO Salvatore Nigro spoke at the UNESCO Global Citizenship Education (GCE) Forum in Bangkok, Thailand.As a participant in the opening plenary debate, Salvatore described how EFE programs have contributed to UNESCO’s GCE goals, specifically touching on how jobs are fundamental to the development of a productive citizens who are engaged within their communities. In conversation with co-panelists Carlos Alberto Torres of the Paulo Freire Institute at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Salwa Hamrouni of the Tunis Faculty of Legal, Po...

  • News | Businessweek Middle East Highlights EFE Perspective on Technology and Gender in MENA’s Workforce


    In its May 2016, issue, Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East draws on EFE’s expertise in workforce development in its cover article “Technology and Demographic Pressures are set to transform the Gulf Workplace. What’s there to be afraid of?” discussing how technology will revolutionize the way the labor market functions.  Jamie McAuliffe, CEO of EFE, claimed that this would be a “boost for women’s economic opportunity.” A survey featured in this issue, conducted by EFE, Bayt.com, and YouGov, identified the lack of suitable transportation and inconvenient working hours as two of the top barriers ...

  • News | EFE in the EU Civil Society Forum of 2017


    The European Union Civil Society Forum 2017 consulted with experts from EFE to present key insights about resilience and youth. The aim is to encourage regional dialogues between the EU and civil society organizations from the southern region of Europe. Ghadeer Khuffash, CEO of Jordan EFE, and  Salvatore Nigro, gathered to discuss “empowering young voices through education and employment.”  During the session, EFE representatives discussed what drives the organization to empower the youth in the region, and help link them to jobs, thus build a better future. Participants stressed that investin...

  • News | Boeing and Education for Employment Egypt Announce Partnership to Empower Unemployed Youth in Egypt


    Boeing and Education For Employment (EFE), the leading youth employment organization linking youth to jobs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), have expanded their partnership to create job and economic opportunities for unemployed youth in Egypt.  The partnership reflects Boeing and EFE’s shared belief that with the right skills and economic opportunities, young men and women can secure jobs or start businesses that transform their lives, uplift their families, and lay the foundation for prosperous societies.With over 30% of Egyptian youth unable to find a job, the EFE Egypt-Boeing par...

  • News | EFE Speaks at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS)


    At the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit in Sharjah, UAE on 5 December 2017, EFE-UAE Managing Director Dima Najim, along with other experts in the development field, discussed the main challenge in education: the gap between the labor market needs and what is being taught. Panelists discussed the intersection of technology and innovation learning.  Access to education for all and improvement of quality in education is one the UN Sustainable goals, and it is part of the EFE’s mission to tailor education to meet workforce demands. To find out more of what has been discussed in the panel...

  • News | Khaleej Times Highlights How #FirstJob Campaign Inspires Youth


    On December 8, 2017, Khaleej Times, the leading English daily newspaper in the UAE, published “Employed youth inspire the unemployed in the MENA region,” an article discussing how EFE launched #FirstJob, an online social campaign in partnership with MBC Hope to change the perception of a first job among youth.  As part of the campaign, EFE graduates told the story of their first job to inspire those who have not yet found their job and to remind them that there is always hope. The article highlights two EFE alumni who told Khaleej Times about how their first jobs opened up a pathway to more op...

  • News | Citi Foundation and Education For Employment Expand Partnership in Fifth Year Supporting Youth Employment in North Africa and the Middle East


    Focusing on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia and Morocco. Education For Employment (EFE), the leading youth employment organization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Citi Foundation have expanded their partnership for a fifth year to create job and economic opportunities for unemployed youth in the MENA region, including in two new markets.  The partnership reflects Citi and EFE’s shared belief that with the right skills and economic opportunities, young people can transform their lives, and uplift their families and contribute to their communities.The E...

  • News | EFE Presents at Major HR Summit in UAE


    The executives of Jordan EFE and EFE-UAE shared their expertise at one of the biggest HR events in the MENA region, the HR Summit and Expo, held in Dubai on 6-8 November, 2017. It has grown to be one of the most prestigious platforms where worldwide HR leaders and practitioners gather to discuss the latest insights, practices, and innovations.Drawing on their experience working with Millennials and EFE’s track record of engaging corporate volunteers, Ghadeer Khuffash, CEO of Jordan EFE, and Dima Najim, Managing Director of EFE-UAE, presented a session on “Employee Engagement for Social Impact:...

  • News | Finance ME Highlights EFE Insights on Women Entrepreneurs and Employees


    In the July 2017 issue of Finance ME, EFE’s Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President for Strategy & Partnerships and Mariel Davis, Senior Communications Manager, discuss women in the workforce in the Middle East and North Africa.  In an article outlining the challenges that women business owners face, as well as their potential, Nahhas di Florio and Davis offer advice for how to integrate more women into economies across the region.  55% of EFE alumni from inception to 2017 are young women.  You can view the full article here....

  • News | Financial Times Points to EFE Role in UN Sustainable Development Goals:


    In an article released on April 21, 2017, the Financial Times described EFE’s role in addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal Eight, which promises to “promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.”  Quoting EFE-Global Senior Vice President for Strategy & Partnerships Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, the article describes EFE’s colalborations with governments and multilateral agencies to boost youth employment across the Middle East and North Africa. View the full article here...

  • News | Top EFE Trainers from Across Region Gather for Landmark Event


    On October 22-25 2017, EFE delivered a first of its kind Regional Training of Trainers (ToT) hosted by Jordan EFE in Amman, Jordan. This event brought together 28 EFE trainers and staff from seven countries to introduce them to EFE’s new work readiness curricula and the utilization of EFE’s Learning Management System, which allows EFE to deploy its first network-wide e-learning content. This ToT provided the trainers and staff an opportunity to exchange effective approaches and practice with the new work readiness training curricula that they will deliver to youth in their home countries. The ...

  • News | International Conference Highlights Jordan's EFE Work with Syrian Refugees


    On 24 October 2017, "Dealing with Refugees: from Challenges to Opportunities" , a conference that aims to alter the perception of refugees from challenges to opportunities, took place in Amman, Jordan and highlighted the work of Jordan EFE.  Conference participants visited a Jordan EFE program preparing 23 Syrian women refugees for jobs as manicurists, offered with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Jordan EFE has supported thousands of youth in finding a job though various training programs and grants for micro-entrepreneurship, and in 2016 began train...

  • News | Bittersweet Monthly tells the Story of how EFE is Changing Lives of Youth in Palestine


    EFE has a unique approach in tackling unemployment in the Middle East, and Bittersweet Monthly, one of the world’s top creative storytelling firms, helped us shed a light on how unemployed youth represent untapped potential. In a story that takes a ‘deep dive’ in Palestine EFE’s work, Bittersweet describes the “untold story” of youth unemployment and youth potential across the Middle East and North Africa. As Bittersweet concludes: it is not simply that youth that cannot find jobs; it is the toll unemployment exacts on how they perceive themselves, and how it limits the great achievements they...

  • News | Western Union Celebrates Achievements of Partnership with EFE


    EFE has been featured in a Western Union Foundation blog entry about how EFE’s professional development and skills- building programs have impacted the lives of youth in Egypt. With the support of the Western Union Foundation, we trained 78 youth in vocational and soft skills to equip them for their #FirstJob, and then linked them to tangible job opportunities.  Participants were taken through a step by step process; they learned how to write a resume, create a professional image on networking sites, participated in mock interviews, and were given constructive feedback. Western Union Foundatio...

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  • News | Arab News Highlights Perspectives from EFE Board and CEOs


    EFE-Europe Board Members Christer Elfverson and Cynthia Muller, EFE-Europe CEO & Global VP Salvatore Nigro, EFE-Jordan’s CEO, Ghadeer Khuffash, Citi’s Africa Economic David Cowan, and H.E. Ambassador Abdesselam Aboudrar provide expertise opinion on MENA's youth unemployment in an article by Arab News in “Despite war and turmoil in MENA region hitting youth job prospects, there is hope for change.” You can read the full article here....

  • News | Citi Op-Ed in Business Chief Middle East Highlights EFE Role in Women’s Employment


    Carmen Haddad, Chief Country Officer in Saudi Arabia for our partner Citi, talks about what the private sector and organizations like EFE can do to empower youth and women through skills development and employment in the op-ed “Bridging the female unemployment gap in MENA – the role of the private sector.” for Business Chief Middle East. You can read the full article here....

  • News | World Bank Report Features EFE Article “Young People Need Opportunities”


    EFE's Vice-president and Europe CEO, Salvatore Nigro, contributes to the debate on how to promote a new economy for the Middle East and North Africa in an article entitled “Young People Need Opportunities”, published in the recent World Bank report “Promoting a New Economy for the Middle East and North Africa.” You can read the full report and article here....

  • News | EFE Op-ed on Local Talent in Business Chief Middle East


    On 4 August 2019, Business Chief Middle East featured an op-ed by EFE-Europe CEO and Global VP Salvatore Nigro. His article, “The benefits of investing in a local talent pipeline” lays out the arguments for companies to invest in training and upskilling local hires instead of paying for their current staff to move abroad. He sites the Middle East and North Africa as a region with high potential for this strategy due to its large concentrated of unemployed youth, many of whom hold tertiary degrees. You can find the full article here....

  • News | Arabian Business Highlights EFE Impact and Accenture Partnership


    On 8 August 2019, Arabian Business article "Training youths to fit MidEast job market 'time-critical', say experts" focused on the youth unemployment crisis in the Middle East and Not Africa and the impact of EFE. The article quoted EFE-Europe CEO and Global VP Salvatore Nigro and EFE-UAE Managing Director Dima Najim on the repercussions of youth unemployment and EFE's partnership with Accenture to equip young people with skills for the digital workplace. You can find the full article here....

  • News | Citi Op-Ed for Thompson Reuters Foundation Mentions EFE


    On 23 August 2019, Thomson Reuters Foundation featured an article about the economic consequences of female unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, citing the work that needs to be done by governments, employers, and educators to bridge the gender gap and promote inclusive growth. Carmen Haddad, chief country officer of Citigroup Saudi Arabia and the Citi Saudi Arabia Business governance head, authored the article, which mentions Citi Foundation’s partnership with EFE in the endnote. You can find the full article here....

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  • News | In VICE Arabia EFE Offers Job Seekers Tips


    On September 10, 2019, an op-ed by EFE-UAE Managing Director Dima Najim for VICE Arabia, VICE's Arabic platform, outlined what young people should keep in mind as they enter the job market. From how to focus on 'soft skills' like creativity and confidence to where to find job market research, Dima shares practical advice. Her ultimate tip: do not wait for a 'dream job' - start with a first job and work your way towards your goal. Read more here. ...

  • News | In Entrepreneur Middle East, EFE Links First Jobs to Startup Success


    In an op-ed featured in the September 2019 issue of Entrepreneur Middle East, EFE-Global CEO Andrew Baird described how previous work experience can equip youth with skills and exposure that is important for entrepreneurial success. In 'Employment as a Pathway to Entrepreneurship,' Andrew advocates for greater focus on first job opportunities for youth as an important, and often overlooked, enabler of the Arab world's entrepreneurship ecosystem. Read more here. ...

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  • News | On BBC Radio EFE’s Ghadeer Khuffash Highlights Women’s Employment


    On 15 September, BBC radio featured an interview with EFE-Jordan CEO Ghadeer Khuffash about female unemployment in Jordan and the broader Middle East and North Africa. Their detailed discussion included barriers to entry in the Jordanian labor market, and the surprising factors that discourage women from seeking a job, and Ghadeer’s personal experience seeking work. Ghadeer presented EFE’s solution for women’s employment that has produced a 57% women trainee rate across the EFE Network. Listen to what she has to say here....

  • News | EFE Op-Ed for Forbes Middle East Explains Corporate Take on Region’s Young Talent


    On 19 September, Forbes Middle East published an op-ed by EFE-Global Senior Vice President, Strategy & Partnerships Jasmine Nahhas di Florio on the need for Middle East and North Africa (MENA)companies, educational institutions, and governments to collaborate to prepare the region’s youth for the future of work. Leaders from leading multinationals Pepsi-Varun Morocco, Deloitte Middle East, and Unilever Mashreq weighed into discuss how their companies tap young talent and build inclusive economies in the region. Read more here....

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