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The Institut français will take part in European Development Days 18-19 June in Brussels, TOUR & TAXIS

Public debate

Updated on 04/06/2019

Presented by the European Commission since 2006, European Development Days are the big European event for sharing ideas and experiences and bringing the development community together on an annual basis. The aim is to inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the most urgent challenges on the planet. This year, the European Union’s commitment to equality and prosperity as expressed in the UN 2030 Agenda, means the 2019 edition will focus on reducing inequality and building an inclusive society ("Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind").

Heads of state, government representatives, international organisations, development experts and young leaders will attend the event.


On this occasion, the Institut français is organising a round table entitled “Meeting a new generation of social changemakers”, on 19 June from 9 a.m. to 10.15 a.m., during which the following themes will be addressed: How can we transform traditional discourse around social innovation? How can we support committed youth and create an ecosystem that can meet these challenges?


For over 7 years, the Institut français has been supporting young entrepreneurs who are making democratic changes in North Africa and the Middle East, and since 2018 in West Africa, through its programmes SafirLab (in partnership with CFI) and AyadaLab (in partnership with the Goethe-Institute).


European Development Days will present the beneficiaries and experts of these programmes. They present the opportunity to create a dialogue between participants on issues of social and cultural entrepreneurship in the countries of the south and the European Union.



  • Samir Abdelkrim, entrepreneur and consultant, founder of EMERGING Valley



  • Fatima Nasser (Libya), CEO Yummy
  • Fatima Saar (Senegal), CEO of Atelier des Génies,
  • Christian Jekkinou (Benin), Coordinator of Afric'Innov
  • Rachid Abidi (France/Tunisia), CEO Lab’ess