The new partnership will give UNOPS access to the latest tools in online learning developed by Funzi, while the Finnish mobile learning service will collaborate on UNOPS projects around the world, with the aim of delivering accessible solutions that aid in the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Our work with Funzi is an example of how the private sector can step up to the plate and help solve pressing global challenges,” explains UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo.
The first joint-project is a two-day entrepreneurial “UNOPS Possibilities” forum for women-owned, small- and medium-sized business, held in Amman, Jordan, in cooperation with the Jordan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UK Department of International Development and the Jordan River Foundation.
The forum is followed by training developed and delivered together with the Jordan River Foundation, UNOPS and Funzi.
Funzi has developed a mobile learning platform for the training sessions, which target women-owned, and small- and medium-sized businesses in the country, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to grow their businesses. The course will be available for approximately eight months and covers general business skills, while also addressing common knowledge gaps and barriers felt by traditionally disadvantaged businesses.
Ms. Faremo adds: “Experience has shown us that where women are fully participating in business at all levels, the economy thrives. Engaging small and medium-sized businesses, as well as those owned by women, is not only the right thing to do – it makes good economic sense.”
“Improving livelihoods and economic opportunities goes a long way to encouraging the sustainability of whole communities – this goes for everybody, whether migrant or local,” explains Tero Salonen, CEO and Founder of Funzi.
He adds: “Funzi’s mobile learning platform is a great example of how innovative and traditional teaching methods can be used together to accelerate the development of economies globally.”
The mobile entrepreneurship course is accessible for free to anyone with a connected mobile device.
The mobile course ends in certification and identifies the most promising women entrepreneurs for an offline intensive training and mentorship programme, to help grow their businesses and participate in United Nations procurement processes.
The new partnership will be formally launched at Slush, Europe’s leading start-up event in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, 1 December.
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.
Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development. We envision a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure and by the efficient, transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.
Funzi is a pioneering mobile learning service from Finland that makes mobile learning accessible to everyone – for free. Funzi focuses on livelihood and well-being related topics with current courses including entrepreneurial and job seeking skills. Courses are available globally on any connected device at www.funzi.mobi. The service combines experiences from the gaming industry with mobile pedagogy for fun and practical learning. The service is designed for users who want to learn new skills and knowledge to improve their lives.
Press release published on UNOPS website.