Pioneers of Egypt and Palestine
For the last decade, Synergos has been working with leaders to create opportunities for employment, self-employment and social change in the Arab world. More than half of the population in the region is under the age of 25, the regional youth unemployment rate at 27% is the highest in the world, and the economic participation of women is the world’s lowest.
Through the Pioneers program, Synergos is supporting social entrepreneurs who are solving important societal issues for millions of people in poor and marginalized communities in Egypt and Palestine. Social entrepreneurs are leaders who combine innovation and business skills to provide creative solutions for their communities in diverse sectors such as education, health, the environment, sustainable development, and culture.
The Pioneers program is currently underway in Egypt and Palestine, where we work with three types of individuals in varying stages of career development:
- Established social entrepreneurs individuals whose initiatives have a positive impact on the lives of people in poor and marginalized communities.
- Start-up social entrepreneurs individuals who have an innovative idea and the capabilities and potential to bring it to reality.
- Young men and women individuals who are making the challenging transition from education to employment.
With a reach of 136 social entrepreneurs (nearly half of whom are women), over 350 start-ups and over 2,200 youth volunteers, Synergos has built the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the region.
The Pioneers program is made possible thanks to sponsorship from Alwaleed Philanthropies.
For more information
Hisham El Rouby