SafirLab: new incubation session in Tunis

April 16, 2019

The media projects selected for SafirLab 2018-19 came together in Tunisia at the beginning of April 2019 to receive tailored support, provided in partnership with Letank media and Al khatt.

The aim of this "incubation" period was to redefine the projects (economic model, editorial proposal, business plan), to lay the foundations for community models (establish contacts, commit, raise funds) and to build a commercial strategy, making a clear distinction between the different types of relationship (partnerships, B to B). It also enabled the spirit of promotion to be strengthened by means of presentation workshops for projects and conceptualisation.

The methodology applied aims to consolidate and refine the incubated projects through the provision of training to establish an understanding of good practices, role plays to test content and rapidly implement it, and mentoring to advance from one session to the next.

The winning projects:

  • Three online radio stations :

- Online radio station covering art and alternative culture, by Ghada Bensalah in Tunisia ( ;
- Radio Mahdia, youth culture and social cohesion, by Abdel Malek Ben Abdallah in Tunisia ( ;
- Essaouira online radio station covering cultural advocacy, by Youssef Akssour in Morocco.

  • Four web platforms :

- “Fais entendre ta voix" [“Make your voice heard"], a project to create a platform dedicated to women, by Khadija Khafid in Morocco ( ;
- “Ineffable, art et culture" [“Ineffable, art and culture"], magazine developed on the basis of a platform for web documentaries in Algeria ( ;
- A platform providing training in data journalism, by Ahmad Alrajabi in Palestine ;
- “Tagria-Wia", a platform that highlights the problems faced by women and minorities through articles and surveys, videos and short films, by Fatma Omrani in Libya.

The SafirLab project supported by CFI and the Institut français is conceived as an incubator for social innovation projects whose initiators are between 20 and 30 years old and come from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen.