In Place of War have published the findings of the Creative Entrepreneur Programme (CEP) pilot  in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.  The pilot took place from October 2015 to March 2016 and was funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK Government) in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation.

The pilot involved the participation of 16 trainers from across the region who delivered the CEP to 65 people in their respective countries.  The CEP is an introductory short course which draws on real life cases studies from around the world to examine diverse themes for creative entrepreneurs.  The CEP is certified by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester.

The evaluation reveals that the CEP is a powerful tool in developing soft and personal skills and providing networking opportunities for participants. 60% of the participants considered that the CEP had helped them gain new skills, such as critical thinking, communication and presentation skills.  These results are particular significant given that formal education in the MENA often fails to equip young people these skills.  The full evaluation can be downloaded here.