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Economic Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups - Small Medium Enterprise

Reduce poverty & achieve peace for conflict-affected vulnerable poor youth through sustainable enterprise development.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The project aims to contribute in reducing poverty & achieve peace for conflict-affected vulnerable poor youth through sustainable enterprise development. Steady economic development, absolutely full employment and supporting those people to have sustainable income source will lead to decrease number of youth who intend to engage in military activities due to hard economic situation of their families and dependents. The project will work with underprivileged youth entrepreneurs and productive women, equip them with the necessary knowledge, skills and resources leading towards the establishment of their own small but successful businesses, in order to become self-reliant and income generators. The project consists of 4 phases as described below: Phase1: Business Development Training: Providing selected youth entrepreneurs with training on how to start and manage small businesses, conflict effect on families and how to build peace. Phase2:Empowerment grants:The best entrepreneurs will be selected to receive empowerment grants based on the recommendations of the evaluation committee. Phase3:Business counseling, advice and Coaching: Provide counseling for entrepreneurs after receiving the empowerment grants to become sustainable successful projects. Phase4:Business linkages: Business linkages will integrate the supported businesses into the supply chains of larger businesses. It is expected that the supported enterprises within this project will have apparent positive impact on the lives of the youth and their dependents in terms of improving their socio- economic situations and general livelihoods of their poor households. It is expected that the supported enterprises within this project will have apparent positive impact on the lives of the youth and their dependents in terms of improving their socio- economic situations and general livelihoods of their poor households. It is expected that the project beneficiaries will be able to have a secured income source.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The project will be mainly targeting youth and productive women, with particular attention to the following categories of vulnerable groups: •Young graduates-conflict affected who completed their high education and can't find a formal job opportunity will participate in this project to help them start their own business like opening pharmacies, medical laboratories. •Young graduates-conflict affected of technical or vocational training centers who prove to be distinguished and have the potential to start their own businesses and to compete effectively in the labor market. •Female head of households, (widows and divorced), as many of them has the potential and energy to support their own family. These will be targeted by collective activities which will empower them, their families and communities. •Target Group Age(50%Male”18-29yrs" ,50%Female “+18yrs”) It is expected that these families conditions will shift from being the poorest to be dependents and able to lead a decent life.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

This idea is unique for the following reasons: • It will solve the causes roots of problem of engaging the youth to military activities due to hard life-economic situations. • This intervention is a vital component toward empowering the vulnerable groups, particularly conflict-affected youth, and empowering them with sustainable income generation projects that keep their dignity and improve their quality of life earn and allocate scarce financial resources to household priorities. • The project is giving dignity and confidence as well as financial support to beneficiaries in conflict and post-conflict areas and saves the family cohesion. • The project reflects sustainable humanitarian values, productivity, independency, dignity and decent life.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Bayader for Environment & Development (Bayader) is an NGO established in 2007 aiming to develop the Palestinian community in Child protection & education, development and institution building, community development,economic empowerment & civic participation,emergency response and early recovery.Bayader is working in the field of community initiatives mainly in non-profit activities. We seeks to build a civil society its members have full rights and active participation. website:

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

In 2015, the most significant findings at the endline assessment conducted to measure the impact of livelihood project on two levels “BNFs” and “the Family” was that 70.5% of engaged HHs refer that these opportunities helps them and their youth to have at least a temporary source of income, at the time they are thinking to be engaged in military activities or sending their son’s to be enrolled in similar activities because “The family” can’t meet their basic needs while military parties can pay.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The situation in the Gaza strip has dramatically escalated in the past few months. OCHA reported that "Since 30 March, Israeli forces have killed 102 Palestinians, including 12 children, 12,600 has been injured during the course of demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, the impacts of recent violence will be felt for months and years to come". This offensive came in critical humanitarian conditions characterized by long-standing siege and embargo imposed on Gaza strip. Fragile economic situation, and poverty rate(40%), unemployment rate(43.6%) leads Palestinian civilian youth to demonstrate at borders, engaged in military activities refusing their pad economic situation. The accelerated increase in poverty and unemployment rates, pressure the vulnerable poor families and their youth to search for another source of income to meet their families basic needs; this significantly affects building peace and the prosperity at the Gaza Strip among these affected families.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The targeted community is a young characterized community consists of 70% youth percentage; in addition, the end of conflict creates a window of opportunity for social and economic reform. With employment being an essential element of the transition to stability, provision of work opportunities is a powerful, tested force that pulls people and societies out of crises and sets them on a sustainable development path, giving them a stake in the reconciliation and reconstruction of their communities

Geographic Focus

Palestine, GazaStrip, Southern Governorates.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

36 Months as the following: * First 24 Months will be Implementation, Training, Business development and granting. * Last 12 Months will be Business counseling, advice and Coaching.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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