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Education For Employment (EFE)
is the leading nonprofit that trains youth and links them to jobs across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Who we are

We are a network of locally run NGOs across 10 countries connecting unemployed youth in the MENA region to the world of work. We work closely with local governments and the private sector to create programming that reflects the needs of today’s job market and make sure that upon graduation, our alumni are linked to tangible employment opportunities or receive support to start their own business.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create economic opportunities for unemployed youth in the MENA so that they can create a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Why We Do What We Do

MENA has one of the largest youth populations in the world, but it also has one of the highest youth unemployment rates. That’s a lot of untapped potential in one place. Imagine what all that young energy and talent could do for this region's future and its economy if given the chance. With nearly two decades addressing youth unemployment in MENA, there is still so much work to be done. We are committed to giving every young, unemployed person in MENA a chance for a brighter future.

United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In line with the United Nations (UN) SDGs, EFE is committed to achieving quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequality and partnering to achieve the goals.

Where it all began

Committed to advancing the employment landscape in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), we invest in extensive research and data driven insights to gain valuable knowledge about the dynamics of the MENA employment market and inform our programs and strategy.  

With a focus on inclusion, particularly for women and refugees, we develop innovative solutions to address the varying yet pressing employment challenges in the region. This investment is part of our efforts to create more economic opportunity for young people from Morrocco to Yemen, and support others who are doing similar work in the region.


EFE's first graduation in Gaza. Launch of EFE-Palestine

EFE-Europe is founded to support EFE's mission as EFE's European hub


First graduation in Jordan | 2022: 15,764 graduates

First graduation in Morocco | 2022: 56,695 graduates


First graduation in Yemen | 2022: 5,305 graduates


First graduation in Egypt | 2022: 10,563 graduates


Uprisings across the Arab world focus the world's attention on Arab youth unemployment


TIME 100 Most Influential List forI creating EFE


First graduation in Tunisia | 2022: 17,836 graduates

Awarded Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur


EFE-UAE launched as a regional hub for partnerships and local programs

First graduation in Saudi Arabia | 2022: 6,626 graduates


First graduation in the UAE | 2022: 1,255 graduates


First graduation in Algeria | 2022: 1.483


100,000th Graduate

2020 - 2021

Rapid-shift to online training

71% job placements despite COVID


135,000 Graduates

New program launches in Bahrain