We help to develop young social entrepreneurs by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to scale up their social change projects.


We help to develop young social entrepreneurs by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to scale up their social change projects.

Starbucks and the International Youth Foundation (IYF) partnered to create BADIR, a three-year program designed to provide young Jordanians with the knowledge and skills needed to strengthen and grow their existing social innovation projects.  The young people selected for the program have pioneered solutions to a host of local and global challenges – promoting sustainable agriculture, encouraging water recycling, spreading a spirit of volunteering, supporting entrepreneurship, and empowering women through martial arts, to name only a few.

International Youth Foundation

BADIR is one of many youth initiatives supported around the world since 2008 through a partnership between the Starbucks Foundation and the International Youth Foundation (IYF).

BADIR benefits from being part of a global network of youth leadership institutes established through IYF’s YouthActionNet program to support the development of young social entrepreneurs. This global network includes national and regional programs in Anglophone and Francophone Africa, the Arab region, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and Turkey.

Developing young social entrepreneurs

BADIR, which is Arabic for 'take the initiative', was cofounded by IYF and Starbucks, the world renowned coffee brand that is operated by M.H. Alshaya Co., a leading retail franchise operator in the MENA region. The program aims to create a national network of leaders, aged 18 to 30, who have successfully implemented social change projects.

This year, a total of 45 young social entrepreneurs, divided into two cohorts of fellows, were accepted to BADIR, where they will receive leadership training, social innovation skills, and the means to energize and expand their social innovation projects.

BADIR's innovation fund provides monetary grants of up to USD5,000 to participants who complete the program's training and whose projects are approved by the fund. The fund aims to help finance 45 outstanding youth-led social innovation projects in Jordan over three years. BADIR also offers successful fellows ongoing mentorship and support through the Friends of BADIR, a network of public, private, and civil society organizations actively engaged in the program.

Although BADIR specifically targets young leaders of social change, through the work of these social entrepreneurs and the comprehensive support provided by the program, the initiative is expected to benefit thousands of Jordanians throughout the country.

Rewarding Social Entrepreneurship

Posted by Rana Shaheen – Regional Communications & CSR Manager, Starbucks MENA

I think I’m lucky to work for a brand that supports social responsibility initiatives in the Arab world and, even more so, when I am able to get involved personally. One of my responsibilities as Starbucks’ Regional Communications and CSR Manager is having a seat on the committee of Badir, a programme created by Starbucks and the International Youth Foundation in Jordan, which aims to empower young people to drive social change. 

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Badir, a community programme that was launched just one year ago, aims to create a national network of young Jordanian leaders who share a passion for social entrepreneurship and to help them in implementing their own social change projects. In December 2012, we were proud to announce the first 23 Badir fellows, who had led social change projects addressing a wide range of issues from renewable energy to women's empowerment in local communities.

Just recently the Badir selection committee has chosen the second round of Badir fellows. A few days ago, we announced 23 new Badir fellows in an awards ceremony held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alia Al Tabaa at the Kempinski Hotel in Amman, Jordan. The new Badir fellows were selected from a total of almost a hundred and fifty applicants and come from various governorates around Jordan (not only from Amman). In common with the first round of Badir fellows, their projects tackle a wide range of community issues. Our new fellows already lead successful projects addressing community issues such as health advocacy, women’s empowerment, education, volunteerism, recycling and agriculture.

The Badir programme will provide these 23 social entrepreneurs with training to help them strengthen and expand their projects and up to US $5,000 in funding. We'll be inviting applications for the next round of Badir fellows in a few months’ time, so if you're thinking you want to get involved in driving a programme for social change and committing yourself to making a difference in Jordan, why not check out the Badir website:

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