Europe, Middle East & Africa

The Citi Foundation works with INJAZ Al-Arab across nine countries in the MENA region to develop the entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness skills to over 9,000 youth annually to help prepare them to start their own businesses or enter the workforce. Trained volunteers work with youth in a year-long program to create and operate a company over its entire lifecycle, developing and selling products in their communities and presenting their work to a panel of private sector judges at an annual competition. Students also participate in intensive one-day workshops across the region that challenges them to find innovation solutions to a business challenge, while honing their leadership and teamwork skills. In addition to INJAZ Al-Arab, The Citi Foundation works with Junior Achievement Worldwide affiliates in over 50 countries across the globe.
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The Citi Foundation partners with the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) to provide young entrepreneurs in East Africa with the business support services and access to seed capital needed to cultivate their businesses. Through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), USADF sources entrepreneurs who are already solving Africa's biggest challenges through business solutions. Young African innovators are awarded with seed capital and business support services to launch their social enterprises.
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The Citi Foundation and Youth Business International (YBI) partnered in 2015 to create a regional entrepreneurship program that is delivering training to over 5,000 low-income youth across Western Europe. Currently being implemented in six countries, YBI in-country member organizations assist under-served, young, aspiring entrepreneurs through a combination of skills training, access to capital, mentoring and other business development services so they can to start, grow and scale businesses with the potential to create jobs.
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