Economic Opportunity

For more than 25 years, EF has worked with individuals and communities to create innovative solutions to local development challenges.


EF promotes the active participation of individuals in building their economic futures and contributing to the productivity of their communities. From entrepreneurship to small business development, EF applies innovative tools and strategies to develop viable business models that are responsive to local market demands and in line with international best practices. EF’s training model for women entrepreneurs, for example, is unique in that it provides a holistic approach, from the business idea phase to start-up. The model blends practical business skills and leadership training with networking and mentoring activities to provide women with a safety net as they take risks and deal with the challenges and pitfalls of starting a new business.


The Formative Years: How One SEE INP Alumna Helps Prepare Underprivileged Youth For Adulthood

In 2014, Yulia Fatkhullina decided it was time for a change. A successful attorney living in Tyumen, Russia, Yulia said goodbye to her law practice and embarked on an altogether new path.