- UNITAR signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kyiv IT Cluster in September 2023.
- UNITAR will partner with the two organizations as part of UNITAR’s digital reskilling programme for the Ukrainian women evacuees in Poland.
- Through these partnerships, UNITAR will aim to support the enhancement of digital skills generate employment and foster entrepreneurship for the participants.
6 November 2023, Hiroshima, Japan – In September 2023, the UNITAR Division for Prosperity signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a well-known organization in the IT industry, Kyiv IT Cluster. The organization will support Ukrainian women evacuees in Poland through collaboration in the UNITAR training programme “Bolstering livelihoods: Digital reskilling for Ukrainian women evacuees in Poland”. The programme will train over 500 Ukrainian women in high-demand digital skills so they can enhance their livelihoods. This is the first UNITAR Division for Prosperity programme to support the evacuees of Ukraine.
We are excited to launch our first digital reskilling training programme for Ukrainian evacuees with the support of the Kyiv IT Cluster. We look forward to connecting with [other] IT companies through their networks in Ukraine, to mitigate the digital divide, generate employment and foster entrepreneurship for sustainable livelihoods of the Ukrainian evacuees." —Mihoko Kumamoto, Director, Division for Prosperity, UNITAR
Kyiv IT Cluster is well known for its wide networks that bring together top IT companies and organizations from Ukraine. UNITAR will work with the organization to enhance the digital skills training programme and support the training participants in finding jobs or starting their businesses after they complete the training. The partners plan to jointly develop a platform that connects the talents with various sectors.
Kyiv IT Cluster and UNITAR are poised to create a dynamic platform for nurturing talent, driving technological advancements and addressing the evolving challenges in the digital landscape. This strategic alliance promises to bring forth a wealth of opportunities for both organizations and the broader community, setting the stage for a brighter and more connected future." —Artem Komolov, Communications & GR Lead, Kyiv IT Cluster
The UNITAR digital reskilling programme for Ukrainian women evacuees in Poland is made possible through the financial support of the Government and People of Japan and partnerships with Japanese, Ukrainian and Polish organizations.
About Kyiv IT Cluster
Kyiv IT Cluster is an NGO that gathers the most prominent actors of the Kyiv IT market in a single space. Since 2016, it has been committed to creating new opportunities for various market players, from large companies to bold startups, from outsourcers to advanced IT leaders of well-known teams. It aims to make Kyiv the most favoured IT arena in Eastern Europe. By fostering industry collaboration both within Ukraine and internationally, Cluster gathers a robust community, expands the knowledge of its members, and contributes to the development of production capabilities.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2022, UNITAR trained over 395,000 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. In addition to our headquarters in Geneva, UNITAR has offices in Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.
One of the eight divisions of UNITAR, the Division for Prosperity / Hiroshima Office seeks to shape an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world. Our learning and knowledge-sharing services cover entrepreneurship, leadership, finance and trade, digital technologies nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We empower individuals from developing countries – especially women and young people – to address inequalities. Our alumni are making a difference in least-developed countries, countries emerging from conflict and small-island developing states.