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Safir, la jeunesse en action !
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Safir: youth in action !

Backed by the European Commission, Safir is an ambitious project supporting young people and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 9 countries in the Southern Mediterranean. It is based on 3 pillars: support for more than 1,000 young people who are leaders of projects with a social, cultural or environmental impact; support for incubators, civil society organisations and higher education establishments; and the creation of spaces for dialogue between young people and government authorities. 

Updated on 10/11/2020

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60% of the population of North Africa and the Middle East is under 30. Since the Arab Spring, social entrepreneurship has been on the rise. It meets a dual need for professional integration and civic engagement among young people. Faced with a difficult economic, environmental and security context, they are taking action on the ground, in the media and public life. 

The Safir project aims to create an environment conducive to this civic engagement to promote a more inclusive, fairer and more sustainable society and governance and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the support of the European Union, this initiative, led by the Institut français, brings together the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (Francophone University Association, AUF), the CFI, Tunisian and Lebanese incubators Lab’ess and Pitchworthy, and the Arab NGO Network for Development

Safir will be present in 9 countries in North Africa and the Middle East, between 2020 and 2024: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya and Syria. 

Through calls for projects launched over the past months, Safir has identified the 7 incubators and 21 civil society organisations that will play a key role in implementing the project, supporting the 1,000 young people in their entrepreneurial endeavours and advocacy work in favour of the Sustainable Development Goals. Project leaders will receive significant support from these different structures, as well as financial assistance. 

The Institut français and its partners are currently involved in the final phase of a process to build this community of engaged civic stakeholders. This began with the call for applications from higher education and research establishments, concluding in late October, to be followed by the launch of a call for applications for young project leaders in early December.

The Institut français and the project

The Institut français leads the Safir project, the implementation of which is based on a consortium made up of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (Francophone University Association, AUF), the CFI, Tunisian and Lebanese incubators Lab’ess and Pitchworthy, and the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND). 

Find out more about the Safir project.

L'institut français, LAB