Silatech is an international social development nonprofit organisation working on youth employment and entreprise development. Based in Doha, the organisation was established in 2008 by Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, one of the three consorts of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former emir of the state of Qatar. The organisation works with local, regional and international partners to connect youth to job opportunities as well as promote entrepreneurship by facilitating youth access to financial and non-financial resources and services. The organisation is active in 17 countries and also works on social empowerment of youth and promoting active citizen engagement to enhance social and economic development. Women empowerment and empowerment of youth refugees and internally displaced people are often cross-cutting themes throughout their programmes.

  • Organisation type Nonprofit
  • Year founded 2008
  • Headquartered Doha
  • Registration Qatar
  • Website

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Partnerships for the Goals

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Agriculture
    • Farming
  • Development
    • Business and industry
      • Entrepreneurship
    • Economic development
      • Employment
      • Financial services
        • Development finance
          • Microfinance
      • Business and industry
    • Financial services
      • Development finance
  • Education
    • Vocational education
  • Environment
    • Climate change

Focus populations

  • At-risk youth
  • Farmers
  • Men and boys
  • Older adults
  • Orphans
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Self-employed people
  • Unemployed people
  • Victims of conflict and war
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Victims of disaster
  • Women and girls
  • Young adults

Focus geographies

  • Africa
    • Somalia
    • Comoros
    • Sudan
  • Middle East
    • Iraq
    • Syria
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Qatar
    • Yemen
    • Lebanon
    • Palestine
    • Jordan
  • North Africa
    • Morocco
    • Algeria
    • Tunisia
    • Egypt


  • Al Amal Microfinance Bank
  • American Refugee Commission (ARC)
  • Enda Tamweel
  • Horn Progress Initiative
  • International Youth Foundation
  • National Microfinance Foundation
  • Palestine Development Foundation
  • Supreme Council for Welfare and Intellectual Safeguard
  • Tamkeen for Development
  • United Nations Fund for Democracy
  • UNWomen
  • Zitouna Tamkeen


  • Employment
    Silatech aims to combat unemployment (particularly in fragile states and conflict-affected areas) by developing programs and mechanisms to connect job seekers with employment opportunities and providing youth with the necessary skills and experience to enhance work readiness. This is done by working with partners that are able to provide youth with training and the necessary technical skills required in the job market.
  • Entreprise Development
    Silatech strives to economically empower youth and support them in developing income generating enterprises by facilitating access to financial resources, guaranteeing funds and investing in the capital of start-up companies that provide youth financing. Silatech also promotes the use of innovative financial tools, including mobile banking services to reach youth especially in rural and remote areas, and supports the capacity building of national financial institutions and youth beneficiaries to help them build and sustain income-generating enterprises.
  • Policy and Research
    In an effort to further reinforce entreprise development and employment efforts, Silatech engages in policy and research by identifying and advocating for policy changes that improve the economic conditions of young people as well as disseminating knowledge to highlight innovative thinking and promote best practices in expanding economic opportunities for youth.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Grants to organisations
  • Matching grants
  • Programme related investment

Primary funders

  • Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
  • Sheikha Moza bint Nasser


Key staff

  • chief executive officer, Hassan Al-Mulla

Board members

  • Abdulla Mubarak Al Khalifa, Member
  • Amal Suhail Bahwan, Member
  • Saoud Ben Omar Hamad Almana, Member
  • Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Member
  • Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, Vice President
  • Sheikha Mozza Bint Nasser, Chair

Contact details



  • Annual Report 2021