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2020

Generating youth employment and economic empowerment opportunities through advancing the Palestinian innovation eco-system

Palestine

Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : Generating youth employment and economic empowerment opportunities through advancing the Palestinian innovation eco-system

Pays/Région : Palestine

Durée : 01.01.2020 // 31.07.2025

Résumé
Switzerland aims to support the development of a nascent Palestinian tech start-up community in order to generate jobs especially for young graduates and women, among whom unemployment is particularly high. This contribution to UNDP builds on a successful pilot in Gaza. It provides targeted support and mentoring to students in selected universities to incubate promising business ideas and strengthens the linkages between academia, private sector and business incubators.

Projet en bref
* Contexte : The present contribution to the UNDP Programme is a key component of the innovation portfolio as outlined in the Cooperation Programme for the Near East 2021-24. It is coherent with the MENA strategy 2021-24, which sets digitalisation as a thematic priority. The project builds on five years of UNDP experience in job creation through innovation and start up promotion. It benefits from ongoing efforts of the SRO to enhance cooperation between academy and the private sector. It further draws on established contacts of the Swiss Embassy in Tel Aviv to Tech companies and other ecosystem actors. Synergies are strived for with an SCO facilitated initiative of the Swiss Institute for Intellectual Property to strengthen local capacities in the field of trademarks and patents in order to foster an enabling environment for start-ups in cooperation with its Palestinian partner institute.
* Objectifs  : Contribute to generating new employment and economic empowerment opportunities through newly emerging Palestinian entrepreneurs and start-ups, supported by a more cohesive and integrated entrepreneurial community. A strengthened Palestinian tech start up community with enhanced cooperation between academy and private sector generates employment opportunities and perspectives for Palestinian youth and women.
* Groupes cibles  : Palestinian university students and graduates, especially women.

Partenaires  : United Nations Development Program (UNDP) ; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 2’585’000

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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