Posted on April 29, 2018

The current turmoil and warfare that faces Yemen has had severe consequences on its people and particularly the youth. Their future is now bleaker than ever before.

Youth, if not given the chance to actively participate in the development of their communities, will be unable to create change and shape a brighter future for the generations to come. Underutilizing their potential leaves them susceptible to falling prey to extremist ideologies. Today, Yemeni youth find themselves in a spiral of war and division. Left frustrated and marginalized, dreaming of realizing their potential, and looking for social belonging and participation are all factors that serve the objectives of extremist and terrorist groups in recruiting them.

The revival of the economy in Yemen has become a glimmer of hope for young people to find jobs, build a decent life for themselves and their families, and be able to participate in rebuilding a new future for their country as they currently face social and economic deterioration, low living conditions, extreme poverty and unemployment rates.

Silatech, an international non-governmental social development organization that works to connect young people to jobs and expand economic opportunities through employment and entrepreneurship, has submitted an innovative proposal in early 2017 for a European Union grant of € 5 Million Euro –– aiming to achieve stability in Yemen through the empowerment of youth and women and the achievement of financial inclusion for the vulnerable and marginalized groups of the Yemen society.The organization has been successful in obtaining the grant due to its ongoing efforts in conflict-affected areas in which other organizations have refrained from working.

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Moreover, since its establishment in 2008, Silatech has been working to empower young people and create employment opportunities for them in Yemen. Despite the severe crises and wars, and the challenges that face civil action; Silatech has managed to double its efforts believing in the active role of youth in development and its approach to responding to challenges and crises before they are exacerbated.

The project aims to improve the current economic situation in Yemen by alleviating poverty and improving the living conditions of young people in order to protect them from extremist ideologies. Silatech will establish a grant fund implemented by its field partner Al-Amal microfinance Bank which will provide grants to more than 10,000 youth ages 18-35), in addition to providing training to 5,000 young people to enable them to benefit from the fund. Furthermore, the initiative supports Yemeni women as they represent 60% of the targeted youth in the project, seeking to achieve a world in which youth including young women are involved in the economic development of their societies.

Silatech contributes to the fifth goal of the SDGs that aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls through introducing programs designed to enable work and livelihood opportunities for women who suffer from lack of access to an appropriate level of education and jobs in rural and conflict-affected areas. The initiative also seeks to contribute to support rural youth and small productive projects that may help them improve their economic situation; reducing poverty and unemployment, as well as the problem of rural youth migrating to the cities in search of jobs.

By the end of 2017, -Silatech has connected 650,522 young men and women to jobs in 17 countries and aims to achieve 2,000,000 jobs by the end of 2020 through its contractual commitments. The organization works with a network of more than 300 local, regional and international partners to connect youth with economic opportunities and jobs through innovative enterprise and employment initiatives. It also seeks to contribute to translating a number of sustainable development goals into reality in Arab societies through its vision to achieving an Arab world where young people are enabled to work and participate in the economic development of their societies.