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Since Barclays Egypt was established 150 years ago it has believed that business growth and prosperity are closely linked to society’s prosperity and its ability to meet the basic needs of citizens.

As part of Barclays commitment towards the Egyptian community, 2015 was a continuation of the success in the ‘My Journey’ or “Meshwary”, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and UNICEF. The programme aims to develop the skills of youth and to enhance work readiness.  These skills include communications, career counseling, peer mentoring, and small business development.

Barclays Bank Egypt employees volunteered their time in numerous community service initiatives this year where over 600 employees participated.  Colleagues volunteered as well as raised funds for various employee engagement activities.

The most significant volunteering activities took place during 2015, which was during the holy month of Ramadan. 270 employees packaged 1,500 meals for families in need in Upper Egypt, with the help of 270 employees who also volunteered to distribute the meals. In addition, over 3,000 meals were served at the Bank’s charity tent where over 100 employees helped serve food to people in need.

For the fifth consecutive year, Barclays Egypt launched the Ramadan 2015 campaign, enabling customers to participate in building a better future for Egyptian youth by deducting only EGP 1 with every purchase of EGP 50 or more during the Holy month.

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Make A Difference (MADD) month is a global campaign that takes place every October. Every year, colleagues are asked to use their personal and professional skills and capabilities to help improve the futures of disadvantaged children and youth. They do so by providing young people with the tools they need to find meaningful employment or business opportunities. This year they had three “Back to School” initiatives to help colleagues take part in the MADD activities. Barclays Egypt volunteers helped provide school supplies for needy students by preparing school bags with stationary and distributing them to school children.

Barclays Africa officially opened its Rise innovation hub in Cape Town’s Bandwidth Barn, providing Africa’s innovators and start-ups with a physical location to facilitate collaboration and fintech innovation. Created by Barclays, Rise connects the world’s most active innovators to each other, as well as to corporates, resources and support networks via both a virtual community and physical hubs.

The ability to bring scale to new ideas has long been at the centre of the Barclays’ approach to innovation, and to date, Rise in Africa has championed several initiatives aimed at African innovators, including Tech Lab Africa and the Barclays Africa Supply Chain Challenge. Applications for Egyptians were opened till last January through www.barclaysaccelerator.com.

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