New digital content for young people in the Arab world
Calendrier : January 2018 – January 2022 / Budget global : €2.5m
The creation of innovative and original digital programmes, reflecting the issues that young people are interested in, is a top priority these days for media outlets in the Arab world. Numerous studies in this region also show that young people want to play a more active role in the media.
The D-Jil project, short for “Digital-Jil” (generation in Arabic), is aimed at providing young people in the Arab world with enhanced access to information and increasing their participation in public debate and their civic engagement. Co-financed by the European Union, this project is run by a consortium of partners composed of the following members: CFI, the Samir Kassir Foundation (Lebanon), IREX Europe (France), FMAS (Morocco) and Leaders of Tomorrow (Jordan).
D-Jil is designed for those developing digital programmes of interest to young people, particularly young women, and those who are seeking support to consolidate their working methods, enrich their content and launch new technical tools.
The project began in January 2018 with the collation of existing studies relating to young people in the Arab world, in order to better meet their needs. A call for applications then led to the pre-selection of 30 projects – from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya – out of the 250 that were received.
Hackathons and incubation sessions
In July, the thirty project leaders participated in a “hackathon*”, in Casablanca and Beirut, at the end of which ten successful projects were retained to take part in an incubation session, in order to enhance the skills of the beneficiaries, share their experiences in relation to common problems and promote the establishment of a network dedicated to young people. This session brought together 19 people, including 11 women, in Tunis on 14 and 15 November.
What these ambitious and innovative projects have in common is a desire to do things differently and to open up new perspectives for young people through topics that affect and concern them.
The projects selected in 2018 include: Openchabab, which set up a training platform and programmes in relation to investigative journalism in Morocco; Laha Ma Takoul (She’s got something to say) based in Algiers, which is aimed at producing media content highlighting women’s skills, achievements and visions of change for a better society; and Welad al Balad Stadium, a sports journalism project in Egypt, which focuses on local coverage by young journalists from across the country.
My project: to eliminate stereotypes about women in traditional media in Algeria and increase the presence of women in the media. If I had a magic wand, I would get rid of all the commercial and political media organisations and only keep the ones that work for the citizens!” Samira Dehri, Algerian beneficiary of D-Jil, She’s got something to say project
* Events which allow the project leaders to come together in a challenge/cooperative format in order to develop innovative digital programmes in a limited amount of time, which makes it possible to stimulate the creativity of the project leaders and encourage sharing and synergy.
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