The Nawaya Network has been implementing UNICEF Lebanon's Generation of Innovation Leaders entrepreneurship program in Lebanon, Mount Lebanon and South since 2016, reaching over 5,000 youth. The program aims at developing income-generating opportunities for marginalized Lebanese and refugee youth through innovation, entrepreneurship and business development training. The training is followed by an incubation phase through which successful youth-led projects receive further business coaching seed funding to help launch their projects. The program also includes post incubation support through mentorship, short educational online sessions, referrals to local, regional, and international competitions, as well as other opportunities within the country.
Youth Trained between 2017-2020
of Total Youth Trained Since 2017 are Females
Completed Coaching between 2017-2020
Female-Only Teams Launched between 2017-2020
Micro-enterprises launched in 2019
of 2019 micro-enterprises are still working on their business 6 months post-programme
of 2019 micro-enterprises generated income 6 months post-programme
Estimated Income Generated 6 months post-programme by 2019 micro-enterprises
Average Monthly Income Generated 6 months post-programme by 2019 micro-enterprises
Townhall mentorship sessions in 2020
Youth benefited from Townhall group mentorship sessions in 2020
Youth benefited from one-to-one mentorship sessions 2017-2020
Mentors volunteered to support youth in 2020
Duration: 12 days
Duration: 7 days
Duration: 2 to 3 months
Hakaya GIL is a series of inspirational storytelling events featuring youths from all the regions across Lebanon. With the spread of COVID-19, and starting May 2020, this event is now broadcast live on Facebook and Zoom, in bi-weekly short episodes. Each episode features one youth, who shares their moving story of how, through sheer will and perseverance, they managed to triumph over various obstacles in their lives. The audience, primarily youth, gets the chance to hear first hand accounts of struggles through poverty, loss, illness, war, displacement, and above all, the closed doors of opportunity. The audience also gets to interact with each young guest speaker online. The youth participating in these events have all participated in UNICEF Lebanon’s Generation of Innovation Leaders program.
Jawa2ez is a yearly rigorous three-day online boot camp that ultimately opens doors for participating youth teams to compete for additional funding and coaching. The event also serves as a solid networking forum where business owners connect with each other, exchange ideas and share their business insights. Participants in Jawa2ez GIL, are young and passionate entrepreneurs who have been through the GIL program and have demonstrated commitment and dedication to their micro-enterprises. The second edition of Jawa2ez GIL took place on November 24, 25 and 26, online and offer 38 participating teams the precious opportunity to hone their pitching skills in order to better sell their business to potential investors and donors, receive on-demand sector-specific training and further guidance across the facets of being business owners, and obtain additional funding and business support to boost their micro-businesses. The three-day sessions cover several topics, including training on Digital Marketing, Sales, Pitching, E-commerce, Legal advice, Agriculture future world, and Food Safety.
Premiere Urgence - AMI
PU AMI has implemented Nawaya's entrepreneurship and incubation curriculum to micro businesses in Halba (Akkar), Saida, and Beirut as part of their income generation and economic recovery activities in Lebanon. Premiere Urgence - Aide Medicale Internationale is a not-for-profit, non-political and non-religious NGO that aims to bring about a global response to the basic needs of populations suffering from an acute humanitarian crisis and to allow them to recover their autonomy and dignity.