A global exchange programme with a unique learning approach in which every great solution gets a place to flourish and multiply where it’s needed.

What does E-Motive do?

Some of the best solutions to empowering communities and tackling poverty and inequality already exist worldwide – waiting to be unlocked! Our E-Motive program aims to do just that: an international exchange program that enables peer-to-peer learning between professionals who have the power to generate impact as role model and change maker.

The E-Motive methodology consists of 6 distinct steps, ranging from understanding a problem, to finding and exchanging on solutions, culminating in applying innovative approaches. Peers from similar cultures in different context share their knowledge and gain unexpected new perspectives.

Launched in 2006 as a ‘reversed development’ program, the E-Motive methodology has continuously evolved over the course of 10 years resulting into a systematic peer-to-peer learning exchange program. In 2017 The University of Utrecht has conducted two in-depth case studies on E-Motive exchanges in the EYW program, concluding that the exchanges have resulted in fruitful outcomes.

It was found that the participants in the exchanges have all gained new experiences, new knowledge and new insights that they are able to implement to a certain extent into their daily work practices. This includes so-called ‘aha-moments’, that indicate participants have gained new perspectives and as a result look at their own context differently now.

Current Project
Empower Youth for Work
E-Motive challenge: Create job opportunities for young people by setting up rural Hubs in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Pakistan

Current Challenge

In every learning exchange E-Motive works with a challenge. This is an urgent local issue that needs innovative solutions. E-Motive searches for the best practices in contexts and countries with similar local issues. Through an international exchange these solutions are tested and translated to new contexts, turning them into radical innovations.

The current challenge is to create job opportunities for young people by setting up rural Hubs in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

A rural Hub is a place, located in rural districts, to support young people in finding a job. It is a creative working space with an internet infrastructure and joined services. A rural Hub promotes and stimulates the growth of an entrepreneurship community to set up enterprises, get funds, create jobs and generate substantial change. Currently, Hubs are often set in urban areas. To create Hubs in rural areas is a new and radical innovation.

Two ways in which a rural Hub supports:

  1. Preparing youngsters for employment in existing companies. The rural Hub provides skill trainings, internships, career events, internet service and CV reviews.
  2. Encouraging youngsters to be an entrepreneur. The rural Hub provides entrepreneurship trainings, incubation & coaching, pitching & network events and matching to investors.

Current projects

Our lessons learned so far
Curious what we have learned so far for the Empower Youth for Work project? We have gathered all our findings, trends, insights and lessons about rural hubs and enterprises. Click on the button to go to our learning document.