SafirLab 2014: 21 young people from Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen champion their projects in Paris

SafirLab 2014: 21 young people from Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen champion their projects in Paris

October 24, 2014

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.

CFI and the Institut français launched the SafirLab project in 2012 for young "agents of change" who are deeply involved in the new social dynamics in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen. SafirLab is an annual programme that invites these young people to come and spend two weeks in Paris, in order to receive personal mentoring and to share their own experiences.

This year, 21 young people who are supporting activities in the fields of environment, proper governance, women's rights, new media and citizen journalism and who want to drive the development and dynamism of civil society in their country will be benefitting from this programme.

By means of conferences and workshops, but especially by means of one-on-one meetings with businesses, associations, NGOs or government authorities, SafirLab will enable participants to bring their plans to fruition, to further develop their projects or to reshape them where necessary. The intention is to provide participants with everything they need to succeed, ranging from project management tools to financing plans and communication resources.

The key figures supporting SafirLab who will be present include the journalist and chairman of Mediapart, Edwy Plenel; former French international footballer Lilian Thuram; Antoine Nazaret, content manager at Dailymotion; Benoît Thieulin, director of the agency La Netscouade and president of the French Digital Council; and Jean-Marc Borello, president of the SOS group.