Idea Behind GGateway

According to a recent research carried out by the Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics, or PCBS, almost the 70% of the approximately 1000 students, who yearly graduate in ICT programmes from Gaza universities, remains unemployed in spite of the rapid local industrial growth in this sector and the local companies are unable to recruit successfully.

In 2012, thanks to their experience as ICT professionals and enterprise builders, GGateway founders were asked to take part in three research studies which had the objective to investigate why Gaza IT industry is constantly struggling in creating job opportunities.  Among the results it was found that students are unable to specialize because the local small companies are offering them only generalised roles with no opportunity to integrate their learning with daily practice and translate their knowledge into skills. In other terms, before becoming experienced, they are dismissed in favour of new, free or subsidized labour. As a consequence, companies cannot become competitive and graduates cannot become employable for these companies. 

At that time, UNRWA (which sources locally 67% of its goods and 91% of its services with a very poor IT related record) was trying to outsource part of its IT local assignments to satisfy the market demand and leverage its contracts with an enduring employment infrastructure in order to provide local companies with international experience. As result, in 2013 UNRWA created an in-house spin-off, The Gaza Gateway, with the threefold mission of: 1) attracting new buyers through outsourcing contracts for entry-level employment, 2) hiring recent IT graduates working remotely via overseas contracts, and 3) sub-contracting projects and related manpower to the local companies.
On the 29th of October 2015, The Gaza Gateway became an independent entity under the name GGateway for Outsourcing Information Technology. Thanks to its innovative business model, this Social Enterprise is able to offer a temporary employment and a capacity building environment to fresh graduates who will provide the commercial areas, yet uncovered by the local market, with new ICT services. At the end of their yearly experience, the IT graduates will move into the industry with competitive curricula, and GGateway will subcontract their work to the firms employing its IT graduates. Their high-qualified education, multi-lingual workforce, lower costs and higher staff retention could make this particular region as one of the most promising competitive outsourcing destinations.