Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
The impact of Re:Coded’s training and employment initiative as described by one of our participants: “Before I fled Syria, I lived happily with my family in Damascus and attended high-school. I was an excellent student and always dreamt of studying Engineering. When Damascus became too dangerous, our family fled to Iraq. It took us nearly a year to get here on foot. We arrived in this camp three years ago and I had to start working in a local market to support my family. I started to give up on my dreams. Then, I was selected as a participant for Re:Coded. It has given me hope as I’ve been able continue my education, be part of a community and learn a new skill (coding), which will enable me to earn an income and support my family."
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Within its first 12 months, Re:Coded will train, certify and employ 100 Syrian refugees in Iraq through our private sector partners, Microsoft and Guru. The initiative not only stops refugees from adopting negative coping strategies like early marriage and recruitment by armed groups but also leads to increased self-reliance using a market orientated approach. Each of our participants supports on average 3.6 other people in their community. The presence of livelihood opportunities also serves as motivation for refugees to complete primary and secondary school, thus creating a “pull factor” that supports continuous learning. Within 3 yrs of operation, we aim to train 2500 students and have over 1500 employees in Iraq. Within 5 yrs, the model will be replicated in 5 countries and we'll have trained over 15,000 youth. Within 10 yrs, we aspire to be active in every capital across the region.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Over the next 2 yrs, we plan on refining the training model and scaling up operations across Iraq to 3 other cities. Once we have a solid proof of concept, we will start scaling out and replicating adapted versions of the model across the region for wider impact. In countries where we have solid partnerships, we will expand our own team otherwise, we'll offer licenses to other organizations to run adapted versions of the initiative using our platform. Over the next 2 years we also hope to move away from a grant based model to a self-funded training model.