The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), HP and the HP Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding renewing their partnership to further foster entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for young men and women in developing countries through technology-related learning.
The partnership leverages the HP Foundation’s Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE), which provides people all over the world with access to 27 free online courses in seven languages to build key business competencies. Through HP LIFE workshops and business coaching provided by UNIDO, young entrepreneurs develop the knowledge and skills they need to start, grow and run successful businesses. HP LIFE is also used by educators to enrich curricula and deepen the student learning experience.
“The HP Foundation is committed to raising people up and assisting those around the world who need it most,” said Debby McIsaac, Executive Director, HP Foundation. “Having access to relevant learning and skill-building tools is vital to ensure young people everywhere can create a successful future. We are delighted to be continuing our partnership which is supporting and inspiring the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”
Currently, joint projects are being implemented in Tunisia and Nigeria, with expansion to other countries planned.
In Tunisia, the partnership between UNIDO, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Italian Development Cooperation and HP, branded “Mashrou3i” (“My project” in Arabic) has already created more than 1,250 jobs, and has supported more than 160 start-up businesses since its launch in 2013. Within the next five years, the program expects to reach more than 25,000 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs and create at least 6,000 additional jobs in Tunisia.
In Nigeria, a network of trainers has been created to empower youth with practical entrepreneurship and IT skills through HP LIFE.