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Safirlab was born in the wake of the Arab Spring, the wave of protests against authoritarian regimes that started in Tunisia in 2011 and swept across Egypt and several countries of the Maghreb and the Middle East. These movements, which were variously successful in obtaining concessions, severely repressed, or the cause of a change of government, created new social dynamics driven in particular by the youth of these countries.
The aim of Safirlab is to support Arab countries in their political transformation by encouraging young people (aged between 20 and 30) who are working for change and involved in projects related to issues of civil society and the media.
Successful applicants are invited to attend an incubation event in Paris with the dual aim of developing their project and facilitating the sharing of experiences. For two weeks, they will receive support both in a group framework and individually, meeting with professionals in their sector. Safirlab is also an opportunity for the creation of a network and for exchanges between young people from the Arab world, all of whom have experienced profound political upheaval and are driven by the same desire for change.
Egyptians, Jordanians, Libyans, Moroccans, Tunisians and Yemenis aged between 20 and 30 working on projects focusing on the issues of citizenship, local governance and the media.
The selection of candidates is a three-stage process:
On 11 July 2012, Etienne Fiatte, Managing Director of CFI signed a partnership agreement with Xavier Darcos, President of the Institut Français, the French operator in favour of cultural initiatives abroad, to jointly organise and fund the SafirLab project, aiming to strengthen the skills of key young players in the new political and social drive in the Arab world.
The successful candidates attend a training programme with five main components:
The 2013 edition of SafirLab, which will run from 18 to 29 November in Paris, will welcome 33 young people who have been carefully selected based on the quality of their professional projects.
On their return, dialogue with participants continues locally with the support of the Instituts Français and the cooperation services of the French Embassy in each country, as well as through social networks and regular invitations to CFI events. The goal is to create new opportunities for meetings between participants and foster the creation of a network of young people in Arab countries.
At a time when a number of countries in the Arab world are experiencing major upheaval which is making normal everyday life difficult, SafirLab, which is being held for the third time in Paris from 9 to 23 November 2014, will bring together 21 young people who are developing initiatives relating to civil society and media in their own countries with the aim of bringing hope to these affected communities.
Under the umbrella of the "Beirut Spring", and in homage to journalist Samir Kassir, who disappeared ten years ago, and to his birthplace, the foundation that bears his name organised the Change Makers Forum, which took place on 24 May 2015 at the St. Joseph University Innovation and Sport Campus in Beirut (Lebanon).