Connecting youth from the MENA region to educational opportunities abroad

Facts & Figures
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  • Location: Egypt
  • Alfanar SE Since: 2021
  • Total Alfanar Grant: £10,221
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The Challenge

Although education holds the potential to generate greater earnings and break intergenerational transmission of poverty, the MENA region has not been able to reap these benefits. In fact, young people continue to find themselves with limited opportunities for quality education and lack the necessary skills to compete in the labour market.    

The Organisation

Emonovo (previously Marj3) was established in 2015 by Syrian refugee, Sami Al Ahmed along with his Egyptian colleagues Ahmed El Gebaly and Abdallah Ibrahim. Emonovo provides a virtual platform for refugees, migrants and local youth to engage with fellowship programmes, in-house training programmes and support with college applications.  

With 2.5 million visitors per month, Emonovo has become the largest online platform in the MENA region dedicated to helping youth establish successful next steps in their career. Currently, youth, fresh graduates and mid-career professionals in the MENA region are accessing the platform from Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Tunisia, Lebanon and Sudan with 50% of these users being women.  

Alfanar's Support: Looking Ahead

Alfanar will support Emonovo by setting up a proper monitoring and evaluation system with adequate metrics through our Qlik system. This will enable Emonovo to properly measure their social impact.  

Emonovo a is part of our SEMD Project, a regional project initiated and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by GFA Consulting Group and Endeva.   

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