Safir is a project supporting youth and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 9 countries across Northern Africa and the Middle East. Co-funded by the European Union, it aims at creating an enabling environment in favour of youth participation and of the development of entrepreneurial projects with social, cultural and environmental impact. The program will run from 2020-2024 with a budget of EUR 7.08 million. It is implemented by Institut français, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), CFI, agence française de développement médias, Lab’ess, Pitchworthy/ALtCity Impact.

Countries covered: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria Tunisia.

Objectives: Safir is built around 3 pillars: providing support to more than 1,000 young project leaders, developing a regional network of organisations supporting social entrepreneurship, and accompanying the creation of spaces for dialogue between youth and governmental authorities.

Actions will include: supporting 1000 young people in developing social entrepreneurship projects and/or advocacy activities; accompanying the creation or consolidation of innovative spaces in 18 higher education institutions in the region and will support the creation of a regional network of 8 local incubators which will work towards the consolidation and standardization their support methodologies; supporting 21 civil society organizations to strengthen their advocacy training methodologies; inviting young project leaders to participate in more than 9 regional and international discussion spaces; producing a regional study and 3 case studies focusing on the impact of culture in democratization processes will be conducted; and awarding a responsible initiative award to project leaders and local authorities.

Key Resources Description

Civil society organizations (CSOs) provide an environment conducive to civic participation for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). More and more numerous in the countries targeted by the project, they are often carried by actors very committed in favor of the fight against inequalities, insecurity, environmental protection... As stakeholders in the public debate, they have the capacity to mobilize and raise awareness among the population and those in charge of addressing the issues they defend. The 21 selected structures will benefit from sessions of consolidation and harmonization of their support methodologies and advocacy trainings. They will provide support the beneficiaries of the Safir project (young project leaders) to voice their demands in favor of the achievements of SDGs. They will pay particular attention to promoting dialogue with the authorities of the countries concerned. They may be involved in advocacy training with the other partner structures of the Safir project (incubators and universities).


  • Authors/Publusher: Safir Program
  • Year: 2020


  • Language(s): English and French
  • Number Of Pages: 5
  • Type Of Document: call for applications


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