Project profile — Technology Enabled Careers Harnessing Untapped Potential



Overview 

CA-3-P005174001
$10,000,000
Mercy Corps (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011366)
2018-03-28 - 2022-12-31
Operational
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• West Bank Gaza (100.00%)

Sector 

• Communication: Information and communication technology (ICT) (22040) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)

Description 

This project aims to engage women and youth in technology-enabled careers in the West Bank and Gaza. This is done by addressing key barriers to their employment, connecting them with employment opportunities, and assisting them in creating sustainable employment opportunities for themselves by facilitating the growth of viable start-ups. The project directly addresses the myriad challenges facing new entrepreneurs and tech-enabled workers. Project activities include: (1) developing a local career-counselling guide for technology-enabled careers as an alternative to traditional employment; (2) training female and male youth through courses, apprenticeships and internships in the technical skills demanded by employers; (3) running an apprenticeship programme for small groups of online freelancers; (4) mentoring sessions for young women entrepreneurs, linking them with successful international or local businesswomen; and (5) incubating and/or accelerating start-ups, including helping them validate and refine their products/service offerings and business plans. The project is implemented by Mercy Corps.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) reduced barriers to entrepreneurship, employment and/or employability faced by women and youth; (2) improved technical skills for women and youth; (3) improved ability of women and youth to earn income through tech-enabled employment; (4) increased targeted support for young women entrepreneurs; and (5) increased access for women and youth entrepreneurs to resources necessary to create a viable start-up.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2020 include: (1) 95% (of which 93% were women) of 280 graduates (including 166 women) reported reduced barriers at the end of the training period, exceeding the target of 70%; (2) 54% of graduates continue to earn an average monthly income of $300 USD or more six months post-program, exceeding the target of 50%; (3) Freelance Academy graduates generated an income of over $345,000 USD (women: $173,700, men: $171,800) by completing over 3,850 (including 1,930 women) freelance gig jobs. The graduates also referred jobs to 333 individuals, who in turn generated a further $56,000 USD; (4) 99% of women Freelance Academy participants reported that freelancing provided the flexibility to earn an income and manage family obligations, as tech-enabled employment offers appropriate opportunities for women who face challenges working outside their home, providing flexible working hours and reducing concerns regarding transportation and access to safe spaces; and (4) from the first cohort of the start-up accelerator program, 67% (of which 80% were women) of the Gaza-based start-ups are still active with cumulative revenue of $31,000 USD since founding

Budget and spending 


Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transactions
Transaction Date Type Value
20-10-2023 Disbursement $415,652
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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