The Abraaj Growth Markets Grant was launched in partnership with the Global Shapers, a community initiated by the World Economic Forum.

The Global Shapers form a network of thousands of young leaders under the age of 30 across cities worldwide who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. Shapers are on the ground across more than 400 cities and familiar with the challenges and opportunities that shape the cities they call home.

The grant was entirely funded by Abraaj staff in 2015 and was structured to address some of the key challenges faced in growth markets through the power of positive engagement. Nine projects were selected across our regions by Regional Committees, in close collaboration with the World Economic Forum, on the basis of quality, efficiency, scale and impact.

TREESIES – Lima, Peru

TREESIES – Lima, Peru

TREESIES bridges the gap between online gaming and offline conservation, by creating an online game to raise awareness about the environment and simultaneously help fundraise for a reforestation program in Peru
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Solar Power In Laikipia – Nairobi, Kenya

Solar Power in Laikipia – Nairobi, Kenya

Transforming lives through the use of solar power technology as key enablers for education of rural communities in Kenya.
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Revitalizing Heritage Craft – Ankara, Turkey

Revitalizing Heritage Craft – Ankara, Turkey

Empowering felt art craft workers with business tools and creating a marketplace to support the awareness and promotion of this forgotten craft.
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Promoting Youth Employment – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Promoting Youth Employment – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Providing soft skills training to youth to increase their employment opportunities in an increasingly competitive market across ASEAN.
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From Disability To ‘En-ability’ – Kolkata, India

From Disability to ‘En-ability’ – Kolkata, India

Developing myoelectric prosthetic limbs for children and women with disabilities living in the peri-urban areas of Kolkata.
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Closing The Gender Gap In Technology – Rabat, Morocco

Closing the gender gap in technology – Rabat, Morocco

With half the population in Morocco being women, this initiative provides key technical training and software entrepreneurial skills for businesswomen in Rabat
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Calle. Segura / Safe. Street – Puebla, Mexico

Calle. Segura / Safe. Street – Puebla, Mexico

Developing an innovative community approach to visualize crime spots to enhance crime prevention.
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Business Skills Workshop – Lagos, Nigeria

Business Skills Workshop – Lagos, Nigeria

Training micro entrepreneurs to strengthen their business structures and creating youth employment opportunities to tackle unemployment concerns in Lagos.
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