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Additional Resources in Palestine
TYO offers women’s entrepreneurship programs with support from the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and the PalTel Group Foundation. These programs provide customized business development training, coaching, and confidence-building activities for high-potential young women to develop viable business plans based on their skills, education, and motivation to work. By starting their own business, participants generate income for themselves and other female employees thus improving the economic situation of families and the broader community. TYO is based in Nablus and supports women entrepreneurs in northern Palestine including Jenin, Tulakrem, Qalqilya, and Tubas.
Address: Zafer al Masri Foundation Building
Nablus, West Bank, Palestine
+972 (0)9 238 0352 (tel)
+972 (0)9 238 4126 (fax)
The Business Women Forum (BWF) is a national non-profit association established in 2006, to help “strengthen the role of businesswomen as leaders in the Palestinian economy through advocacy, networking, and the provision of business services”. BWF has members, and beneficiaries from all the West Bank cities and Gaza.
Mobile: 4372 Al- Bireh
Near East Foundation
The Near East Foundation (NEF) has worked in the Palestinian Territories since 1995 and has been registered with the Palestinian Authority as an international NGO since 2000. With the support of donors such as the UNDP, WFP, UNICEF, USAID, MEPI, and the Government of Sharjah, NEF has worked in tandem with local and international organizations to implement a range of projects in education, agriculture, environment and youth development. Based in Nablus, NEF-Palestine’s seven-member program staff—all of whom are from the West Bank—includes technical specialists in enterprise, community, and agricultural development.
The NEF-Palestine team has cultivated long-term relationships with community organizations and government officials in dozens of villages across the northern West Bank. These enduring partnerships provide NEF with intimate knowledge of vulnerable Palestinian communities and a foundation of trust for mobilizing community action. Current activities are oriented around three core programs: early childhood education and school feeding, support for the olive oil sector, and support for women’s economic empowerment through business associations.
In 2008, NEF helped establish the Palestinian Center for Agriculture Research and Development, whose members include community organizers and prominent technical specialists with whom NEF has collaborated regularly over the past 15 years. Our support to the Center is part of a long-term strategy to help establish a robust, creative, and highly competent indigenous development NGO.
Driven by the aspiration of an economically robust and socially just Palestine, Leaders was founded in 2002 in the economic hub of Ramallah. Since then, we have grown as an organisation, both in scope and expertise to implement dozens of projects. We are the leader in supporting the cutting edge of digital development and entrepreneurship, developing Palestine’s first and only technology park. Though our impact in the sector is significant, Leaders’ work is far from limited to the Digital Entrepreneurship Program. The wide range of projects and our network of donor and beneficiary partners in the Socio-economic Program allows us to support economic development, economic self-sufficiency and sustainability, as well as the building of effective advocacy for many marginalized groups in Palestine.
Phone: 970 2 2972930
Address: Leaders Organization 2nd Floor
Adel Masri Bldg
-Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP)
This three-year collaboration with international NGO PlaNet Finance is designed to improve access to financial services for young entrepreneurs in Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon. The project is expected to benefit over 3,000 economically and socially disadvantaged youth and their families.
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 entry level job and internship opportunities, online career guidance and e-learning, to employability and entrepreneurship training. Silatech and Microsoft are co-partners in establishing the Ta3mal network, while local partners provide specialized content and access to services appropriate for selected countries. Specialized country portals are currently available in Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Morocco, with additional countries coming on line in the future.
When launched, “Narwi” will be the first online Micro-Endowment (or Waqf) platform. It will allow users to create a personal Endowment that they can contribute toward financing the young Arab micro-entrepreneur of their choice. Our mission is to connect these young micro-entrepreneurs with capital and knowledge, mobilized through the crowd, which enables them to grow sustainable businesses and create jobs for others. These endowments are reimbursed into the users’ account as the micro-entrepreneur makes their repayments, so that contributions move on to support others as well. Narwi will be implemented with a network of international and regional partners; it follows Silatech’s successful partnership with Kiva in implementing “Kiva Arab Youth.”
-Kiva Arab Youth
Started in March 2012, Kiva Arab Youth is a partnership between Silatech and Kiva, the world’s largest microlending platform which allows visitors to make direct, online loans of as little as $25 to young Arabs of their choice who are either starting a new business or seeking to expand an existing one. As of March 2014, Kiva Arab Youth had mobilized over 150,000 individuals who collectively have lent more than $6.7 million to fund 5,000 young Arab entrepreneurs through MFI field partners in six countries (Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen and Somalia, the latter two having been brokered by Silatech).
The Small Enterprise Center (SEC) – Palestine was established in June 2003 within the context of a technical assistance project, financed and implemented by German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) development in Palestine. In February 2008, SEC was officially registered as an independent, non-profit organization with legal status granted by the National Palestinian Authorities with demonstrated capacity to comply with all applicable administrative legal requirements and fiscal regulations, pursuant to the Law of Charitable Associations and Community Organizations No.1 for the year 2000.
The Small Enterprise Center (SEC) aims at facilitating solutions in the development of start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) towards increasing their potentials for growth and sustainability.
SEC’s main essential objective is to contribute to the development of the Palestinian private sector through enhancing the productivity and efficiency of micro and small enterprises, which comprise the vast majority of all Palestinian business entities. The center’s activities, accordingly, focus on the provision and promotion of technical, informational and referral services for existing and potential SMEs.
Location: Al Amal Bldg., 5th Floor| Mecca St., AlBalou’| Al Bireh
Phone number: +972 2 242 3326
Fax number: +972 2 242 3328
Arabreneur’s aim is to engage young entrepreneurs in their development and provide them with facilities to use their creativity and time to develop start-up companies that will provide them economic and social growth.
Jafa Street, Al-Karraz Building 5th Floor