Khadija Program- Technology for Development

Competition Finalist

This entry has been selected as a finalist in the
Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality in the MENA Region competition.

Young ICT female graduates will be supported to get engaged in the labour market as entrepreneurs. They will have the opportunity to get introduced to civil society organizations as promising sector to adopt ICT products. This way the project will serve on both community as well as individual level.

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About You

First Name

Safa Abdulkareem

Last Name

Rawiah

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Youth Leadership Development Foundation

Organization Website

Organization Country

Yemen, SN, Sana'a

Country where this project is creating social impact

Yemen, SN, Sana'a

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Current annual budget, in US dollars (if your solution is an idea please estimate what your budget will need to be in order to carry out your solution)

$10,001‐50,000

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Project

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Name Your Entry

Khadija Program- Technology for Development

Year founded

2009

Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your solution.

Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if: Yemeni young females participated in community development as ICT entrepreneurs?

Innovation

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Elevator Pitch: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences. Share a concise summary. This will be the first introductory text about your solution that viewers will see.

Young ICT female graduates will be supported to get engaged in the labour market as entrepreneurs. They will have the opportunity to get introduced to civil society organizations as promising sector to adopt ICT products. This way the project will serve on both community as well as individual level.

Problem: What problem is this solution trying to solve? Describe the specific context within which this solution operates.

Number of females joining the labor force is increasing, still is low compared to men’s.There’s high number of ICT female graduates, but with limited chance of ICT jobs.Several factors hinder women participation:
The traditional attitudes towards women’s roles in society
Given preference to males as they can work longer and to late hours,or they won’t leave employment for reasons of marriage or child bearing
Youth lack entrepreneurship skills

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Be specific!

Enhance female access to the labour market through introducing ICT entrepreneurship as a tool for improving female economic situation in Yemen by:
- Capacity Building for ICT female graduates in entrepreneurship skills
- Provide target ICT females with technical and financial support by incubation, mentoring, and financial incentives
- Encourage ICT businesses by presenting role models and by providing prizes
-Approach CSOs as promising sector to adopt ICT
-Introduce ICT to NGOs to enhance their performance and have better sustainability assurance

Impact

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Example: Walk us through a specific example of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

YLDF has implemented Youth in Technology program where 60 ICT graduates have been trained and allocated as interns in NGOs. They have been given chance to conduct their graduation projects in real through implementation of projects in different NGOs. Projects included, websites construction, Archiving, data base, and Human resource systems. Also, YLDF has implemented Khadija program where youth are encouraged to start their own businesses. Many female graduates have managed to start businesses and to secure income sources. The proposal is thus expected to:
a) Introduce Civil society as promising labor market, b) Engage ICT female graduates to the labor market as entrepreneurs , c) Increase CSOs opportunities through technology application.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?

- Present 10 Role model for ICT entrepreneurs to ICT female graduates through the targeted 10 ICT young females.
- Support 10 ICT business ideas to start up through training and incubation
- Enhance access to CSO as promising labor market for ICTs through targeting 10 NGOs as host organizations for ICT projects
- Increase capacity of 10 NGOs through application of 10 ICT projects (one in each)
- Provide seeds money that will support the establishment

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

1- Barrier: Low interaction from NGOs
Plan: Conduct orientation visit prior to project, Present previous ICT projects implemented by trainees at NGOs in YIT, Engage NGOs in selection of trainees and projects ideas
2- Barrier: Low motivation of females to get new contracts signed with new clients
Plan: announce for financial prizes for signed contract
3- Barrier: Low confidence of ICT female graduate to start their own businesses
Plan:
-Recruit technical consultants both project management and ICT fields to support females establish their projects
-Arrange for sessions with role models

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

- Apply Similar idea at different governorates potential like Taiz, Aden, Ibb, and Ibb.
- Encourage graduates to join Youth Entrepreneurs Council established as outcome of previous batches of Khadija Program and thus support in advocacy for youth entrepreneurship.
- Enhance networking and connection with Business women unit at Yemeni Business Club to enhance young ICT females opportunities as entrepreneurs
- Support promotion of ICT businesses through dissemination of existing businesses through social media and dissemination event

Sustainability

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Intl. organizations and local ones are addressing women economic empowerment and NGOs capacity building like USAID, World Bank and many others. However, the project is different in specifying the target group in a target field. ICT female graduates as entrepreneurs. Also, ICT projects in CSOs.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

- Connection with NGOs and initial contracts with NGOs to support engaging young ICT females in business with NGOs
- Establishement of ICT projects under incubation period that provides young with mentors and guidance to ensure quality and deliverables
- Seeds money that will support the establishment
- Financial prizes for new clients brought by the targeted ICT females
- Dissemenation event after projects implmentation at NGOs

Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Bushra Ghaniam, a young female joined YLDF to benefit from Youth in Technology program, has proved sufficient level of improvement during the program and later on recruited by YLDF as websites coordinator. She was offered by YLDF to join one of the entrepreneurship skills training which gave her better sight on how to start business. Interestingly, her proposed business idea in the training ranked first. This encouraged her to consider opening her own ICT business and actually, she has started.

Such story was a"Aha" to YLDF and attract attention to ICT females not as employees but as entrepreneurs. Thus, YLDF decided to join the two experiences that have accumulated from both Youth in Technology Program and Khadija Program.

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

YLDF trough the different programs has built strong partnerships with International organization and local NGOs, and private sector. Partnerships in the different frames includes; exchange experiences, capacity building, and enhance networking and mutual benefits.
Such partnerships will allow YLDF to help beneficiaries have better access and opportunities in the labor force. It helps create channels of communication among youth &stakeholders

Women Powering Work

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Is your project targeted at solving any of the following challenges?

Training and education such as skills workshops, entrepreneurship courses, apprenticeship opportunities

Does your project utilize any of the strategies below?

Creating partnerships with complementary businesses that will help your beneficiaries have more impact - such as creating a daycare center that supports a businesses

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24 weeks ago Safa Abdulkareem Rawiah submitted this idea.