The idea to establish Silatech was born out of a vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, that supporting the future of Arab youth supports all of the Arab society.
In 2006, as a member in the High-Level Group and an ambassador in the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Her Highness invited the members in New York to discuss “expanding opportunities for Arab youth.”
Following this meeting, a working team was formed including regional and international specialists. This team collaborated with international organizations to conduct research and to identify priority sectors in the Arab world, which lead to launching the initiative.
Silatech was formally launched at the Alliance of Civilizations Forum in January 2008 in Madrid, Spain, as a regional social organization that links Arab youth with employment and economic opportunities. The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon announced his full support to Silatech.
The name of the organization “Silatech” was inspired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser from the root Arabic word “Sila,” which means “connection. Silatech remains true to its name as it aims to be a point of contact between the youth and labor market and enterprises.
By end of 2016, Silatech succeeded in raising US$ 237 million in partner co-funding, creating a network of more than 150 partners and connecting more than 300,000 young Arabs to real job opportunities. Silatech currently has programs in 16 Arab countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and Comoros.
The organisation works on achieving its mandate with the support of the State of Qatar.