Education for Employment and Citi Foundation surpass 3,000 people


In recent years, trainees in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have developed the necessary skills for a successful job search – from researching vacancies to writing a CV to performing well in a job interview – strongly in-demand social and technical skills such as communication, self-confidence, creativity or sales skills, among others, and have been linked to decent jobs in each country, improving not only their livelihoods but also those of their families and communities. This collective effort is part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, which aims to empower one million youth worldwide by 2023 and give them the tools they need to secure employment or start their own business.

The success of the program has led to a renewal of the partnership through the project “Providing Employment Opportunities and Building Resilience 2.0”, which will run from December 2021 to November 2022 and will directly impact the lives of a further 740 young people, bringing the total number of young people will benefit from the partnership at over 4,300.

To provide the best learning experience, online and classroom training is coupled with workshops and events, allowing trainees and graduates to benefit from the experiences of educators, successful entrepreneurs, employers, representatives from Citi and the Citi Foundation and other stakeholders and to share the challenges they faced during their job hunt and the conversion into success stories.

Thanks to this support, coupled with that of Accenture, EFE’s long-standing partner and global leader in consulting and technological innovation, people at risk have also developed other in-demand soft and digital skills and improved their employability through Accenture’s online learning and management system . Emplea+, which has benefited tens of thousands of women and men to date. The training content is constantly evolving and based on thorough market research and interviews with NGOs and private sector companies.

According to Ana Martiningui, CEO of Education For Employment-Europe, “The partnership between EFE and the Citi Foundation has not only directly impacted the lives of thousands of young people in the region, but has also made us invest in areas such as strategy, sustainability, new technologies and innovation . It has been and continues to be critical to the growth and impact of Education for Employment”.

The installation of recruitment kiosks in Morocco to renew and increase EFE’s recruitment capacity and recruitment services; using a business intelligence tool in Morocco and Tunisia to identify real-time job opportunities and the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce; or helping to adapt curricula to market needs, especially after the changes caused by COVID-19, are just a few examples. Thanks to support from the Citi Foundation, Accenture and other partners and employers investing in talent, EFE has reached over 125,500 young people in the MENA region since 2006.


Tara Sirinjan
press office
middle East
[email protected]

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and operates in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides a wide range of financial products and services to consumers, businesses, governments and institutions, including consumer banking and lending, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services and wealth management. For more information, see

About the Citi Foundation and Pathways to Progress

The Citi Foundation advances economic progress and financial inclusion for people in low-income communities around the world. It works with multiple partners to design and implement innovative solutions that empower vulnerable groups (with a particular focus on youth) to build better futures for them and their communities. In 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a job skills-building initiative aimed at addressing the global challenge of youth unemployment. Since its inception, the Citi Foundation has invested more than $230 million in workforce preparation around the world.

About education for employment

Education For Employment (EFE) is the leading non-profit employment network in the Middle East and North Africa, giving young people the hope and dignity who can transform their future and the world around them. By bringing together the businesses that need skilled workers with young women and men seeking employment, EFE helps families, communities and businesses in the area thrive. Since 2006, locally-led EFE member organizations in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, as well as support centers in the US, Europe and the United Arab Emirates, have connected more than 125,500 youth to the world of work while providing 3,600 companies with the entry-level talent they need to grow. Over 58 percent of EFE’s graduates are young women, reflecting EFE’s special focus on supporting women’s entry into the workforce. To learn more, please visit and follow EFE on Twitter at @EFE_Global and Facebook at

About Accenture

In 2013, Accenture launched the Together for Employment initiative through the Accenture Spanish Foundation to support vulnerable communities by creating employment opportunities. Working with over 1,700 NGOs, private companies and public institutions, Accenture develops and implements digital solutions, offered free of charge, to support job seekers on their journey to employment, having trained over 604,000 people and placed over 108,000 in jobs to date.

For more information, see and Together for Employment.

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