Supporting young project leaders in the Arab world
Calendrier : June 2016 – June 2018 / Budget global : €280,000
More and more young people in the Arab world are working hard to develop their societies, improve their everyday lives or promote freedom of expression. These are the leaders of social innovation projects, from north Africa and the Middle East, who have been receiving support from SafirLab, co-directed with Institut français, for five years.
In 2017, for its sixth edition, 25 participants from nine countries of the Arab world (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Yemen) were selected to benefit from intensive training in Paris. Aged between 20 and 30, they have created initiatives that bring hope to others, and they wish to contribute towards building a promising future for their countries. These young people work hard every day to develop their societies or promote freedom of expression, for example via the creation of an investigative blog intended to combat false information circulating on the internet, or thanks to the development of a platform for Palestinian women who are victims of violence or inequality
My project is to create a platform dedicated to media education in order to contribute to creating a new Algerian generation experienced in the digital sector. I was very excited about participating in SafirLab because it was an excellent opportunity to meet professionals in the digital sector.
Ferial (MDLT Platform – Algeria)
Personalised remote mentoring
These young citizens came to Paris in autumn to participate in a one-week session alternating between skill-building workshops (business plan, pitching, communication on social networks), personalised project evaluation and support, and professional meetings tailored to the profile of each participant. Meetings with motivational personalities with the aim of providing food for thought and stimulating their networks were also organised.
The programme was changed for this 2017 edition and provides a longer period for the monitoring of projects: the participants are now remotely supported for several months by civil society organisations, players from the social solidarity economy and new media outlets. This principle behind this new approach is based on the creation of a consortium of partners such as Bond’innov, the SOS Group, MakeSense, Mediapart, La Netscouade or OuiShare.
SafirLab 2017 in Paris
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