UNRWA announcement:第2回Gaza Entrepreneur Challengeの紹介が出ました!

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パレスチナ難民の支援を担う国連機関UNRWAが今夏開催するGaza Entrepreneur Challengeのアナウンスを出しました!原文は下記をご覧ください。

UNRWA and Japan Gaza Innovation Challenge initiative announce its second Gaza Entrepreneur Challenge Contest

With the aim to develop leaders among youth population in Gaza, enhance their self-reliance and foster their ability to make a change, the Japan Gaza Innovation Challenge initiative (JGIC) announces the launch of its second Gaza Entrepreneur Challenge Contest for the year 2017
The contest, which is implemented in partnership with UNRWA aims to empower leaders among youth in Gaza and foster their self-reliance through the projects to cultivate and support entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas to solve social issues in the area and contributes to enhancing living conditions in Gaza.

Through different interventions, UNRWA encourages the development of an entrepreneurial culture to overcome the difficulties and hardships of the dire socio-economic context in the Gaza Strip. The blockade on Gaza – which entered its eleventh year in June 2017 – along with the repeated cycles of armed conflict have crippled the enclave’s economic sector and pushed a large part of the population into unemployment and poverty.

In 2016, two entrepreneurial teams tied first place, the “Green Cake” an environmentally-friendly project on developing a new bricks-mixture by adding coal ashes and “Sketch Engineering” Project which presented a solution for carrying heavy weights on stairs: a three-wheel stair climber that would facilitate the movement of persons with disabilities.
As in the previous year, the winning teams will be rewarded a financial prize of US$ 5,000, along with technical support to start their business, and probably a visit to Japan to present their idea.
JGIC invites interested entrepreneurs to submit their ideas and proposals that could help creating new business opportunities and address the needs of Gaza people.
All information needed and application form can be found on Gaza Entrepreneur Challenge website.

About UNRWA:

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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