Google announces plan to fund $10 million initiative over three years to support thousands of Palestinians.
Google announced that it is funding a $10 million initiative over three years aimed at helping Palestinian graduates from tech-related majors or with tech-related degrees, app developers and tech entrepreneurs advance their digital skills and find employment. The announcement was made by Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet and Google, at a roundtable with Palestinian entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Google will work with partners from the private, public, and non-profit sectors to help thousands of Palestinians develop the skills they need to find employment in the tech industry, and will help facilitate career opportunities locally and across the rest of the Middle East and North Africa region. The new initiative builds upon the work Google already does around skilling and career development, including through the Arabic digital skills training program Maharat Min Google, which has supported more than one million people and businesses in the region.
The new initiative will have four pillars:
Ruth Porat, Alphabet and Google CFO, said in a statement, "We are committed to helping Palestinian graduates, app developers, and tech entrepreneurs unlock more opportunities by providing skills training, facilitating connections to financing, increasing access to jobs, and more. At Google, we know that our efforts will always be most effective when we can work together with others in the private sector, public sector, and NGOs. We look forward to partnering with many across the region to expand upon our existing digital skills programs and provide Palestinians with the tools they need to succeed.”