The Skilling Up Lebanon (SUL) Project (WB-P176444)

  • Lebanon
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Beirut Digital District (BDD) Talent Development Hub
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  • Technical Cooperation
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 0.35 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Apr 21, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Mar 10, 2021

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the overall objective of the proposed project is to develop a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model for increasing access to market relevant digital skills for youth in Lebanon.\

The project has two components:

  1. Component 1: Support to the SUL PPP model (US$150,000). This component will provide financial and technical support to the Beirut Digital District (BDD) Talent Development Hub, to establish the SUL PPP model. The BDD, a tech hub and community hosting about 1,500 members and 135 companies all working in the Tech industry, has been selected as the SUL anchor given its unique position in the Lebanese digital ecosystem as both provider and user of digital skills. It has established an NGO called the BDD Talent Development Hub whose objective is to close the skills gap and upskill the workforce in Lebanon with the necessary and relevant digital skills to thrive in the local and global economy.
  2. Component 2: Support to Digital Skills pilots (US$200,000). This component will finance the design and implementation of five pilot digital skills programs by the BDD Talent Development Hub. This Hub will leverage the job market digest methodology and the private sector committee to ensure that the developed programs are based on the real skill needs of the digital economy sector. The training will be delivered by training providers to be selected based on a competitive process. These pilots will equip the BDD with key learnings that will feed into the subsequent development programs of the SUL. It is aimed to train between 800 and 1,000 youth through these pilots. Several options for these pilots have been developed. Suggested criteria to select the pilots are: (i) geographical coverage to cover various areas in Lebanon; (ii) select one pilot per track to include children at school, youth in universities and working or unemployed youth; (iii) possibility to conduct the course in line with health precautionary measures related to COVID-19; and (iv) reach the highest number of beneficaries.

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World Bank:
Contact : Angela Elzir
Title : Social Protection Specialist
Telephone No : 5367+3347

Beirut Digital District (BDD) Talent Development Hub
Contact : Mouhamad Rabah
Title : CEO
Telephone No : 9613764020
Email : 

Implementing Agency:
Beirut Digital District (BDD) Talent Development Hub
Contact : Mouhamad Rabah
Title : CEO
Telephone No : 03764020
Email : 


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