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The International Commission On Workforce Development (ICWFD) is a 100% volunteer based 501c3 Non-Profit. That means your entire donation goes towards helping the students learn a self-sustaining skill. With your kindred support and a combo of innovative technology and strategic partnerships, our unique program addresses poverty alleviation, women empowerment, mass capacity building, and self-sustainable 21st century employability skills in ONE stroke!

Our Story

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES > Millions of jobs - Mile long interview lines - Millions still jobless - Unemployment high, yet organizations reporting difficulty filling key positions.. Why?? Problem for employers is not the number of candidates, but a talent mismatch! There are not enough skilled people with the market-driven technical training available in the right place at the right time!

Employers skeptical about young people's abilities to apply the skills they learn in schools to the practical challenges of the workplace. This, plus lack of expert instructors, redundant teaching methods and institutions that are too often detached from what's really required in the workplace -- churning out "underprepared degree holders" without the relevant job skills as dictated by needs of the labor market.

  • THE PROBLEM IS NOT UNEMPLOYMENT BUT UNEMPLOYABILITY !

HOW WE DID IT

Sending thousands of expert instructors to each disadvantaged community in hundreds of countries is not possible nor practical. So we partnered with the world's leading E-Learning content provider to offer a massive discount on over 3000 of their highest quality courses that cover Business, information technology, desktop and mission critical in-demand certifications.

These very same courses are being used by Ivy League universities like MIT, Cornel, Columbia, Wharton, Harvard, etc. which just goes to show you the high quality of the content. How do students get them for FREE? The same course that is commercially sold @ US$ 99 to US$ 540 EACH is now available for the G77 developing countries at just US$10/- each - ONLY under ICWFD's eskills360° initiative ). Each course / student is then sponsored by benevolent people like you and socially responsible companies. ICWFD has developed a unique mechanism where instead of a credit card the courses can now be accessed from anywhere via a special code that can be emailed, sent via SMS with the donors message or printed on co-branded gift/scratch cards which lend themselves very well to self-promotion by public & private donors. The scratch cards are branded with an organization's logo and message and distributed FREE to the masses under a high profile CSR or workforce development initiative. Simultaneous access to millions of students is possible through the unique access and dissemination method.

SKILLS TO SUCCEED

The focus of ICWFD's unique initiative is to equip millions of people globally with job skills.

SKILLS TO EMPOWER

To empower and nurture minds through excellence in delivery of high quality education and training.

SKILLS TO ENABLE

We have enabled more than 3 million people with the skills to get a job and become self-sustainable.

SKILLS TO LIBERATE

We work with the best content developers in the world to provide the tools, mentoring and online training to liberate disadvantaged people across the world.

HERE ARE 3 WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Digging wells, building schools and cleaning up the streets is great but it only helps a few. Our initiative provides the highest ROI guaranteed. Let us show you how.

EMPLOYEE
ENGAGEMENT

The ultimate employee citizenship and giving program that has been acknowledged as the most fulfilling, rewarding and gratifying of all employee engagement programs.

CAUSE
MARKETING

In this new era of social responsibility, what you don't do can cost you. "Cause marketing" is now the norm and we can show you a number of ways how your brand can benefit.

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Become a Volunteer

Want to donate your time? Do you feel the slogan "21st century employability skills for all" Yes? Then welcome to our team!

Please click on the Apply button below and let us know how you can help. Tell us about yourself and the skills you possess. We will review your information within a few days and then contact you. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Team

ICWFD IS A ZERO OVERHEAD ORGANIZATION RUN BY DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS AND A BOARD PASSIONATE ABOUT BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE, POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.

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Asad
U. Shah

Chairman of the
Board

Currently, CEO at Activa Financial Inc. a next gen mobile payments & banking company. Founding CEO of three technology firms and also served as Member Strategy Council of the United Nations GAID.

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Jim
Kohlenberger

Member of the Board of
Directors.

Served as the Executive Director of the VON Coalition and is a former White House senior technology policy advisor. At the White House he helped formulate U.S. policy on technology, telecommunications, and the Internet.

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John
Gage

Member of the Board of
Directors

Mr. Gage was Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office for Sun Microsystems and also one of the founders of Sun, in 1982, when a group of students and professors from Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley joined to create open systems in hardware and software.

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Dr. Mira
Phailbus

Member of the Board of
Directors.

She has made wide-ranging contributions to women's development and education. She is inspired by the belief that women equipped with higher education contribute to the well-being of society as dignified, intelligent, competent and creative individuals. Besides serving as the Principal of Kinnaird College for Women for over three decades, she also held the post of Minister for Education and Minorities Affairs.

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Dr. Eugenia Soboleva

Member of the Board of
Directors.

She is a Director at Quality Austria, a training, certification and evaluation organization in Vienna, Austria. She has also worked at the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, and has extensive experience with UN agencies (FAO, IAEA, UNIDO, UNODC, UNEP, WHO, WTO, ITC etc), private companies and governments.

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Sarah
McCue

Member of the Board of
Directors.

A well-known advocate for the innovative use of information and communication technologies in developing countries, Dr. Sarah McCue is currently President of WorldQuant University and Managing Director of the WorldQuant Foundation. Previously, she was Senior Advisor at the World Bank and United Nations.

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  • 156, 2nd St. San Francisco, CA 94105
  • +1 415 666 6207
  • Info@icwfd.org