EFE has received global recognition for its innovative model for addressing youth unemployment.

In a region where 40% or more of university graduates are unemployed, EFE’s work has disrupted the status quo and generated a model for youth employment that is informing interventions around the world. Named Global Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation at the World Economic Forum 2012 Meeting of New Champions, EFE is at the forefront of a growing movement to place youth employment at the top of the agenda for governments, multinationals, and multilateral institutions.


With a network of affiliates implementing youth employment solutions across the Middle East and North Africa, EFE’s expertise is directly informed by what works on-the-ground.

EFE is pleased to serve as a case study and resource to institutions such as the World Bank, World Economic Forum (WEF), International Finance Corporation (IFC), United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Harvard Business Review and others.

At the 2012 WEF Meeting of New Champions, the Schwab Foundation named EFE’s Ron Bruder and Jamie McAuliffe Global Social Entrepreneurs of the Year on behalf the EFE Network. In addition, in 2012 EFE President & CEO Jamie McAuliffe became Chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment.