The Safir project was initiated by the European Union (EU) to support young people and to contribute towards building inclusive and democratic societies. Safir therefore forms part of the Programme to Support Youth and Culture in the Southern Neighbourhood, implemented by the European Commission and more specifically by the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). This European Commission department is responsible for EU policy on enlargement and relations with the EU's eastern and southern neighbours.
The 6 partners below form the Safir consortium; they implement the project and interface with the European Union.
L’Institut français (Paris) – Acting as Safir project leader, the Institut français is a public institution responsible for French cultural actions abroad. Its initiatives cover various artistic fields, intellectual exchanges, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic cooperation. Throughout the world, it promotes the French language, as well as the mobility of artworks, artists and ideas, and thus works to foster cultural understanding.
L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) - Worldwide Association of Francophone Universities, the AUF has been operating for more than 50 years in the field of higher education and research to assist Francophone universities in their support of their countries' development.
Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) – The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) is a regional network, working in 12 Arab countries with 9 national networks and 23 NGO members. ANND aims at strengthening the role of civil society, enhancing the values of democracy, respect of humain rights and sustainable development in the region. It advocates for more sound and effective socio-economic reforms in the region, which integrate the concepts of sustainable development, gender justice and the rights-based approach.
CFI - agence française de développement médias – A subsidiary of the France Médias Monde group and operator for the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, CFI actively promotes the development of the media in Africa, the Arab world and South-East Asia. It works alongside the media and the civil society actors who are engaged for a pluralist and democratic information, and in favor of the sustainable development.
Le Lab’ess – First Tunisian social incubator and co-founder of the Social and Solidarity Economy network "Chabaka.tn", Lab'ess aims to actively contribute to the sustainable development of social innovation actors and to effectively respond to socio-economic needs in Tunisia.
Pitchworthy/ALtCity Impact - Pitchworthy is a Lebanese accelerator that runs social entrepreneurship and mentorship programs and workshops and supports more than 350 enterprises since 2015.