Safir is an ambitious project supporting youth and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 9 countries across Northern Africa and the Middle East. It supports more than 1,000 young project leaders involved in entrepreneurial projects with social, cultural and environmental impact, the development of a regional network of organisations supporting social entrepreneurship, and the creation of spaces for dialogue between youth and governmental authorities.


1000 young people

will be supported in

9 countries

Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia.

Call for applications for Civil Society Organisations

Civil society organisations selected at the end of this call for applications will be in charge of the advocacy training proposed in the framework of the Safir project. Through participating in the Safir project, you will benefit from skill-building sessions and will contribute to the design of a regional advocacy toolkit for the achievement of sustainable development goals in the region.

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Call for applications for incubators

Safir offers you the opportunity to join the first regional network of incubators in Northern Africa and the Middle East. By participating in Safir, benefit from skill-building sessions to share your methodologies and create a regional toolkit to support innovative entrepreneurship. The selected structures will also be in charge of supporting young project leaders.

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Call for applications for young leaders

Safir gives 1,000 young people the opportunity to participate in social transformation by supporting their associative and entrepreneurial projects focusing on achieving the sustainable development goals.
Through your participation in the Safir programme, you can benefit from personalized monitoring for your projects, free methodological support (ideation, incubation, acceleration with funding and / or advocacy training) and networking on a regional scale. You will also be given the opportunity to defend your vision and your ambitions in national, regional and international discussion spaces and take advantage of networking dynamics to participate fully in decision-making processes.

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Call for applications for universities

More than 7 million young people from Northern Africa and the Middle East are students. To make them actors of the world of tomorrow, Safir will offer universities in the region tailor-made technical and financial support to create or strengthen university incubators. Safir will also contribute to strengthening the role of universities in achieving the SDGs by organizing awareness campaigns and improving their training offer in social and innovative entrepreneurship.

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Safir, a program in partnership with

cofinanced by European Union

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Discover examples of projects similar
to those that Safir will support

The projects below have been supported SafirLab, which is now replaced by the Safir project. Designed as an incubator by the French Institute and CFI (the French media development agency), SafirLab supported 137 young people carrying out social innovation projects in Northern Africa and the Middle East from 2012 to 2019. Here are some of their portraits:

Fatimah Nasr

Yummy is an online take-out catering platform.

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Oumaima Bendjama

FabLab project open to young Algerians of initiation to scientific culture.

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Bakhan Hama

The initiative is part of an NGO which helps Syrian women refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan by offering them psychological and social services.

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Ahmad Ragabi

Development of journalists' skills in the field of big data.

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Sulaima Ramadan

Cultural activities to promote the psycho-social and educational development of children from underprivileged Palestinian neighbourhoods

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Ghada Ben Salah

Tunisian web radio and blog where daily articles are published on civil society and young actors from Tunisian society.

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Youth in action