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Egypt: Forsa

In June 2009, Plan International in Egypt initiated a pilot youth employment training project called Forsa (“opportunity” in Arabic) in partnership with the CAP Foundation (CAP). As was the case with similar partnerships between Plan and CAP in Vietnam and Indonesia, CAP provided technical assistance to replicate their program model in Egypt using the CAP Nine-Step Model.

The overall goal of Forsa is to provide employability skills for underprivileged youth to facilitate their placement in appropriate entry-level jobs in the service sector. The program targets youth aged 16-28 years, who are socially and economically marginalized and have low educational attainment in urban Cairo and Alexandria. The Forsa program provided a choice of three sectors for vocational training: 1) customer service/retail; 2) hospitality; and 3) health aide training.

By December 2011, Forsa had graduated 965 trainees, eighty-eight percent (88 percent) of whom subsequently found employment in 95 companies.

In December 2012, Plan managed to scale up the Forsa project to reach two new locations: one in Cairo South and the other in Assuit, with a donation from JP Morgan. The new program targeted youth aged 18-35 years. From December 2012 until its end in April 2014, Forsa graduated 628 trainees, including 26 percent males and 74 percent females, of whom 75 percent subsequently found employment in meaningful jobs.

JP Morgan
Grant Amount
Project Start Date
December 2012
Project End Date
April 2014
Technical Area Covered
Economic Empowerment

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