Posted on February 04, 2018

Chief Executive Officer of World Bank, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, praised Silatech in using technology to design and implement effective programs for youth. The World Bank has highlighted on its website the importance of studying the investment in digital solutions and the impact on job creation for young people.

World Bank CEO praises 1 [].jpgIt introduced Tounis Ta3mal platform, established by Silatech and Microsoft, as an example of the optimal use of technology and its hybrid approach in implementing activities on the ground to promote youth employment. Ta3mal is the region’s first employability portal that helps youth and job seekers find support to transition into the world of work. Available in Arabic, English and French, the online platform offers online access to career guidance, soft-skills, psychometric and linguistic assessments, and over 700 e-learning courses, in addition to direct linkage to jobs and internship opportunities.

According to the article, access to information (and particularly youth beneficiary data) is a key field where technology can make our lives easier, and online job platforms such as Tounes Ta3mal have been taking advantage of this to improve job matching capacity. Yet, what makes Ta3mal unique is its hybrid approach that augments digital services with physical features such as career fairs and other activities implemented in partnership with universities’ career development centers and local partners. In fact, despite at first it was 100% virtual, Ta3mal was able to grow exponentially when it added these physical features.

To date, Tounis Ta3mal platform has over 37,000 registered users and 750 registered employers who have published almost 5,000 job postings in Tunisia only.In addition to a regional version of the portal, there are currently local portals in eight Arab countries, and the total number is registered users have reached almost half a million registered users who are benefiting from its services.

Key points were summarized from Solutions for Youth Employment’s (S4YE) webinar on “Technology in Youth Employment Programs”, where Ali Mnif, Silatech’s Country Operation Manager in Tunisia took part.  S4YE organizes these bi-monthly virtual workshops to discuss innovations in youth employment programs with members of its Impact Portfolio, a dynamic learning community for improving the jobs outcomes of youth globally.

  • Silatech Awarded Consultative Status in UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) has awarded the Consultative Status in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to Silatech, in recognition of organization’s work in youth economic empowerment.

World Bank CEO praises 2 [].jpg

The consultative status provides NGOs with access not only to ECOSOC, but also to its many subsidiary bodies, various human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, as well as special events organized by the President of the General Assembly. It will enable Silatech to promote the youth agenda worldwide and play an active role in advancing United Nations goals and objectives. More than 4,000 NGOs have active consultative status with ECOSOC, and it is the only main UN body with a formal framework for NGO participation.

Furthermore, ECOSOC is the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, Economic and Social Council is the principal organ that coordinates the economic, social and related work of the 14 United Nations specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system.

Silatech is an international social development nonprofit non-government organization that works on connecting Arab youth with jobs and resources to establish and sustain successful enterprises. Byend of 2017, Silatech has succeeded in creating / sustaining more than 500,000 job opportunities for Arab youth in 17 countries, and has signed commitments to create approximately 2 million jobs by 2020. Silatech provides innovative solutions in employment, enterprise development and policy & research, working with more than 150 local, regional and international partners including governments, UN agencies, financial, academic and private sector, as well as youth serving NGOs to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.