The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) concluded a series of workshops training over 100 Iraqi youth on creativity and innovation in transforming ideas into businesses and social projects.
As part of UNDP’s Innovation for Development initiative and in collaboration with Zain Iraq, the workshops were held in Baghdad (1-3 October), Basra (15-17 October) and Erbil (29-31 October). Nearly 35 percent of the trainees were females. The concepts of Design Thinking and Business Model Canvas were introduced by 28 trainers, mentors, logistics, graphic facilitators and photographers. They all received UNDP’s Training of Trainers and Volunteers mid August in Baghdad.
“This was one of the few hands-on trainings I had attended, as we had to participate actively and under strict deadlines to come up with results,” said Laylan Attar, 25 from Sulaimaniyah. “I intend to continue working on my project under this initiative.”
One team of participants, for instance, developed a souvenir business idea to promote Iraq’s heritage using local materials and workforce. Baghdad-based team member, Al-Hasan Mazin, 21, said: ”It was all about learning from the energetic organizers and speakers, and networking with creative people; it was also fun.”