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Workforce Training


We work with nonprofits around the world to provide vocational and technical education, digital literacy and computer training, workforce enablement programs and business and entrepreneurship initiatives.

Program in Action | Re:Coded

Workplace skills are a key barrier for refugees to integrate into host communities. Our collaboration with Re:Coded in Turkey provides a six month coding boot camp, preparing conflict affected youth for jobs in the digital economy. To date, Re:coded has trained over 400 people, with 85% gaining employment within 120 days of graduation.

“Technology offers opportunities to address a global skills gap, which is particularly relevant for countries with large refugee populations and limited options for dignified employment. With help from the Western Union Foundation, we’re creating a scalable, replicable and sustainable model for job creation.” Alexandra Clare, Founder, Re:Coded

Program in Action | Whitaker Peace & Development Initative

Building on The Western Union Company’s 2016 commitment at the White House Call to Action on Refugees, the WU Foundation entered into a partnership with the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) in early 2017. Founded by Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker, WPDI empowers refugees and displaced persons in Africa, Latin America and the US through job training, conflict resolution and access to digital technologies. We’re investing more than USD $1.2 million over three years to support WPDI’s Youth Peacemaker Network curriculum in the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Northern Uganda. Our goal is to provide 10,000 young people with business and entrepreneurship skills that will help them give back to their host community and could eventually help them rebuild their home countries.

In December 2017, Hikmet Ersek, Western Union’s President and CEO, and Jacqueline Molnar, Western Union’s Chief Compliance Officer and the head of the Western Union Foundation’s Board of Directors, traveled to Uganda with Forest Whitaker to celebrate the first group of graduates from WPDI’s Kiryandongo program and to see firsthand the impact that Western Union Foundation funding is having on the lives of these young people. Now, we’re helping to fund an expansion of the Youth Peacemaker Network to the Mexican cities of Chiapas and Tijuana. Over three years, we’ll be investing at least $325,000 to support 4,000 young people with workforce training initiatives.

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