Innovations made in Palestine
Made in Palestine is a programme where young people in Palestine can develop their creativity and learn more about technology and entrepreneurship. A special attention is given to female participation, particularly those who come from remote areas and marginalized communities across Palestine.
Young and talented entrepreneurs
In October 2014 the Diakonia partner organization Al-Nayzak for supportive education and scientific innovation hosted an event for young entrepreneurs in Palestine.
The event, which takes place every year, is an occasion where young creative and skilled people are in the spotlight. With their talents they are changing their lives by creating real economic opportunities.
At this occasion eight young entrepreneurs from the West Bank and Jerusalem presented their new companies based on the innovative products they themselves have developed. There were also six innovative products and companies from Gaza that were planned to participate on video, but due to electricity cuts it was not possible to hold video conference with Gaza at the time of the event. Nonetheless, there will be a similar event within the near future in Gaza, for launching the businesses of the young entrepreneurs there as well.
Promotes a productive and creative society
The Made in Palestine project mainly aims at promoting a Palestinian productive and creative society through science and technology and industry.
For several years Al-Nayzak has invested in creating a culture that challenges young people but also motivates the state and the private sector to invest in the innovations made within the programme.
Both Diakonia and Al-Nayzak believe in productivity and creativity and that economic development should be built on local needs and local ideas and innovations.
Special attention to young female innovators
The Made in Palestine programme supports female participation and bestows special attention on the development of their projects, particularly those who come from remote areas and marginalized communities across Palestine. The finalist innovators’ male to female percentage is almost 50 per cent and the number of participants from villages to cities is 4 out of the 15 innovators.
Strives for structural changes
The work of Al-Nayzak together with the Ministries of Education and with the curriculum on Science and Technology; with the Ministry of Economy on Property Rights and Patents and with Palestinian Federation of Industry and with investors form the basis of the young entrepreneurs’ industrial and scientific innovations, businesses and/or projects. The long term goal is to bring about structural changes with regards to the development of science and technology in Palestine.