FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You asked, we answered. Find below a collection of questions we usually get asked and their respective answers


Registration and Legalities



1WHAT IS THE LEGAL REGISTRATION STATUS OF TECH TRIBES? AND WHERE IS IT REGISTERED?

Tech Tribes is a not-for-profit company registered at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply in Jordan under registration certificate No. 391 for the year 2012.

2IS TECH TRIBES TAX-EXEMPT?

No, Tech Tribes is not tax-exempt. We pay taxes in accordance with the Jordanian Tax laws.

3WHAT GOVERNING BODIES DOES TECH TRIBES HAVE?

Tech Tribes has two co-founders who have legal powers over the organization. One of the founders is the Executive Director of Tech Tribes; Mr. Khaled Hijab. Tech Tribes also enjoys a voluntary Advisory Board that monitors the organization’s progress and achievements, and contributes to its strategic direction.

4IS TECH TRIBES LEGALLY ALLOWED TO RECEIVE DONATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS?

Yes! You can donate to Tech Tribes as an individual. Please reach out to our financial consultant regarding this at: moneytalkes@techtribes.org.

5HOW DO I ENSURE THAT MY DONATION GOES FOR THE SPECIFIC AREA OF WORK I INTEND TO SUPPORT?

During the process of your donation, you can specify the areas of work you want your donation to support. You will receive activity-based and financial reports that show where your donation featured and to what end.

6WHERE DOES TECH TRIBES FUNDING COME FROM?

Tech Tribes funding has various sources. One of the sources is donations from individuals and organizations. The biggest percentage of Tech Tribes’ funds, and what usually covers its overhead, is funds for specific projects from international donor organizations.

7DOES TECH TRIBES OFFER PRO BONO SERVICES?

Yes! We are committed to supporting nonprofits on the grass-roots level which means that our support and services will not cost you a fortune. We are happy to provide pro bono, so please talk to us about your needs.



Mission and Vision

1WHAT GOALS DOES TECH TRIBES SERVE?

The overall objective of our work is to contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for youth-led organizations and young women and men to meaningfully engage as active citizens, particularly in issue-based advocacy and decision-making relating to political, social, economic, educational, and cultural policy making and planning.

Tech Tribes acknowledges that sustainable capacity building, within the framework of a well-defined action plan and a clear definition of the desired outcomes, developed by partner youth organizations and groups, is key to any bottom-up approach to development.

Moreover, Tech Tribes works hand in hand with partner organizations to emphasize that building successful change-driven coalitions, continuous lobbying and advocacy is needed across various influence spheres in order to ensure that youth concerns and priorities are seriously taken into consideration.

2YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND ICTs, IS TECH TRIBES AN IT COMPANY?

No! While we do offer tech-based solutions, and we might sound very techy, we are all about development and community service.

We don’t foster the use of technology for the sake of technology, but leverage it as a tool to achieve social objectives. We look at the strategic use of media and ICTs as amplifiers of awareness and active participation of regional youth organizations, and the relevance and impact of our programs.

3WHAT THEMES/CAUSES DOES TECH TRIBES ADOPT?

Tech Tribes is a tool-based organization. This means that we do not adopt a certain cause while at the same time we are able to provide assistance to any group or organization irrespective of their cause.

The novelty of our programs, and at the same time one of their major challenges, is to be as inclusive as possible, in order to allow organizations working on all youth-related issues confidently find their place within our programs. Some of these issues include, but are not limited to; active citizenship, civic rights, freedom of expression and access to information, humanitarian assistance, behavioural and reproductive health, education and skills development, employment and entrepreneurship, youth volunteerism, culture and arts, disabled peoples’ issues and gender mainstreaming.

4DOES TECH TRIBES HAVE ANY POLITICAL STANDPOINTS OR VIEWS? HOW DOES THAT TRANSLATE THROUGH ITS WORK?

No, Tech Tribes is an apolitical and independent organization. We are not associated with any political parties or campaigns. We make it a point to foster an open space for every identity and view while we adopt four principles in our work:

1. Internet access is a right not a privilege.
2. Social Change demands spaces that foster innovation.
3. The skills of tomorrow should respond to arising challenges.
4. Social Justice can be realized one click at a time.

5WHO ARE THE MAIN BENEFICIARIES OF TECH TRIBES’ PROGRAMS?

Tech Tribes offers assistance in the form of trainings, mentorship programs and consulting services to social activists and innovators, development professionals, cause-driven groups and nonprofits. The approach places particular emphasis on reaching out to young women & men in less resourceful, rural and marginalized communities.



Tech Tribes Programs and How To Get Involved



1I’M AN INDIVIDUAL, HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM TECH TRIBES’ PROGRAMS AND SERVICES?

Tech Tribes has various programs that individual social activists and innovators can benefit from. Aiming at disseminating ICT skills, the Digital Literacy Hub offers various trainings for all levels. The Activism 2.0 Lab makes digital activists out of its graduates so they can use their digital skills towards various causes. You can apply to participate in any of the above-mentioned programs through open opportunities for trainings here.

2I HAVE AN INNOVATIVE IDEA FOR SOCIAL GOOD, HOW CAN I DEVELOP IT WITH TECH TRIBES’ HELP?

You can apply to participate in one of Tech Tribes’ Hackathones or The Social Innovation Incubator.Read More.

3WHY DOES TECH TRIBES FOCUS ON SUPPORTING CAUSE-DRIVEN GROUPS AND NONPROFITS?

Based on field observations and past experiences working with youth organizations and groups around the MENA region, Tech Tribes has concluded that youth organizations are confronted with three major problems: one is their fragmentation on the national scene and their lack of organization and awareness about each other’s activities and potentials; the other is their weak capacities to address these gaps, voice their concerns and drive change. A third problem is their lack of financial sustainability and their total dependence on external funding. Furthermore, credible, accurate and evidence-based information is required for informed policy decision-making and development of actions. Our programs hence aim at empowering youth by harnessing their collective potential.

4MY CAUSE-DRIVEN GROUP/ NONPROFIT NEEDS HELP BUT I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. HOW CAN I TALK TO TECH TRIBES AND DISCUSS POSSIBLE COOPERATION?

Please reach out to our Head of Programs Development Ms. Hind Farahat at: hind@techtribes.org

5MY NONPROFIT SEES A COLLABORATION/PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH TECH TRIBES, WHO CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH TO PROPOSE THAT?

Please reach out to our Head of Programs Development Ms. Hind Farahat at: hind@techtribes.org

6WHAT PAID SERVICES DOES TECH TRIBES OFFER NONPROFITS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS?

We have many! Examples include smartphone applications, website development, interactive maps, animation videos, Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) and communication and digital media strategies.

It all depends on what you are trying to achieve. We can help you decide on what is best for your goal/direction. Please reach out to our Executive Director Mr. Khaled Hijab at: khaled@techtribes.org to discuss possibilities.



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