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A passport for exports
Creating and developing small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is a major economic challenge for the Algerian authorities. The process needs to be accompanied by mechanisms that help boost the capacities of SMEs and improve their competitiveness. This is very much the aim of the support programm...
Lunch at the training restaurant
Thirty-two years ago, a group of parents of children with Down’s syndrome, doctors and people of goodwill founded the Moroccan Association for Support and Assistance to People with Down’s Syndrome (AMSAT). Their aim: to provide everyday support for families. Today, also thanks to the sup...
Wineries, arts and crafts and agro-tourism on the biblical hills of Israel
As the numbers employed in traditional agriculture steadily decline, Israel's Ministry of Agriculture has encouraged residents of agricultural communities to turn to alternative employment. Wineries and dairies, micro-breweries, rural bed and breakfast accommodation, and arts and crafts outlets are ...
Starting a business? Yes I can
The percentage of women in the overall labour force in Palestine does not exceed 14%. But some young female students have a clear goal in life: to become successful businesswomen. In order to learn how to start a business, they need to be trained, informed, motivated. A journalist of the EU Neighbou...
The debate culture takes root
What happens when two groups do not share the same opinion? They must learn, if unable to actually convince one another, then at least to listen. On the southern shores of the Mediterranean, one of the biggest challenges is to learn to live with difference. The “Young Arab Voices” projec...
I am a citizen, so I can have my say
Having gone on a series of training courses, they have elected an executive board, organised a number of activities, visited a hospice, organised a youth festival – ‘they’ are the Youth Advisory Board of the Eucalyptus district, in a suburb of Algiers. They have created a space for...
Spreading colours over isolation
Armed with brushes, paints and spades, their chosen battlefields are schools across the West Bank. A group of young Palestinian and European volunteers are travelling by bus to the region’s rural areas, renovating schools and bringing with them a message of solidarity to isolated communities. ...
Libya, showing a new face to the world
Under Muammar Gaddafi's regime, the state’s institutions and the country’s social fabric were ravaged. But Libyan civil society organisations have been quick in their actions to repair the democratic damage that has been wrought. So far, over 300 organisations have registered as civil so...
Children: ambassadors for sustainable energy
Being eco-friendly is a civic act: this is the message to emerge from the ‘energy days’ organised in Salé, the first town in Africa and the Arab world to have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors. An approach where local communities are heavily involved is at the centre of the fram...
Civil society leading the way towards democracy
Between June 2011 and June 2012 the EU donated nearly €6,500,000 towards supporting Tunisian civil society with the aim of securing a democratic transition and developing a human rights culture in the country. Our journalist met with bloggers, journalists and other major players in this t...
EuropeAid Feature: Multimedia Virtual Space for Human Rights in Lebanon
“The Multimedia Virtual Space for Human Rights gives the participating organisations an opportunity to constantly exchange new ideas and information on human rights in Lebanon within a flexible, open and friendly network.” Marie Daunay, President of the Lebanese Centre f...
The Old Khan restored to its former glories
Few would have imagined that this ancient caravanserai could be restored to its former glories after it had been reduced to rubble by a powerful earthquake in 1927. Prior to that, generations of merchants had spent the night here on their travels from Asia to North Africa. But the earthquake l...
What should you do in the event of an earthquake? Find out by playing a game.
125,000 copies of a CD ROM that aims to develop preventative techniques through awareness-raising amongst young people have been distributed to schools by the Lebanese Civil Defence Organization as part of the Euro-Mediterranean Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-M...
Women seeking freedom and respect
They have been trained and empowered. Today they run small business, they manage shoe shops, they even teach aerobics at ladies’ gyms. Palestinian women living in six villages throughout the West Bank were given the chance to set off on a journey of self-accomplishment. Despite opposition, mai...
The new trade routes of old natural soap
Cosmetics were chosen because of their great potential for market expansion: olive oil soap and other ointments from the East and the South are now within closer reach of European consumers. The Med Cosmetic project – completed in 2011 and part of the EU supported Invest In Med programme &ndas...
A good recipe for farming? Trading pesticides for owls
It was a cultural barrier that the European Union had to address together with its partner at the start of a new programme to assist Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley. How can owls be good for farming? In Arab culture, owls are a symbol of doom. But as time goes by, results speak for themselv...
Struggling for life
The lucky ones, whose lives have been spared, face an uncertain future in squalid camps, abandoned ports and factories. As the political situation seems to be moving towards a solution, people in the field still struggle to make it through, especially vulnerable sub-Saharan African migrants and inte...
“I have learned to tame fire”
They have learned to deal with fire extinguishing and first aid, earthquake evacuations and drowning accidents: Over 11,000 Palestinian students from 577 schools have attended an EU-supported Civil Protection Training programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In cases of eme...
And business men joined the ‘green cause’…
Awareness is low, poverty is on the rise. Other problems are considered more urgent. But waste management is finding its way up on political agendas everywhere in the world, including in conflict-torn regions. In many of the Arab towns in Galilee and Palestinian urban areas of the West Bank, environ...
Embroidery, painting, and computer science: overcoming social exclusion for a better life
For three years, Handicap International Algeria and the Algerian Federation of Disabled Persons have implemented an EU-funded inclusive local development programme as ‘a solution to fight against the social exclusion of the disabled’. Eighteen associations have participated in this progr...
Disaster prevention for an improved response
As a pioneer in the field of prevention, Algeria will share, along with the other Mediterranean countries, its experience of a “tour to raise awareness” within the framework of the “Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters”...
In search of Medieval Petra
Linking the rose city to the crusaders’ fortress, promoting the development of a marginal community, turning around the fortunes of Southern Jordan’s forgotten area: a multi-pronged EU-funded project, "Liaisons for growth", is underway to put the town of Shobak and...
‘Made in Agadir Zone’: what hope for ambitious vision of the future?
‘Made in Agadir Zone’: is this a dream, or just an ambitious target for the future of the Agadir trade agreement, the pact designed to build a Euro-Med free trade area? “We would like one day to see products made in Agadir Zone, using accumulation of origin rules from industries in...
EuropeAid Feature - Support to the implementation of the Arab-Mediterranean Free Trade Agreement
The Agadir Agreement was signed in Rabat, Morocco on 25 February 2004 to establish a free trade area between Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco. As economic integration was the starting point of the EU, this experience is now transferred to Arab Mediterranean countries. The creation ...
EuropeAid Feature - Improving the economic and social conditions of low-income groups in Lebanon
The Economic and Social Fund of Development project addresses the economic and social problems in Lebanon engendered by 15 years of civil conflict, 22 years of Israeli occupation and ongoing regional tensions. In partnership with the EC, this programme aims at cushioning the impact of trade libera...
Sharing experience to bring equal opportunities
You could have cut the air with a knife in the Tel Aviv Labour Court in September 2009. Abdelkarim Kadi stood nervously before the judge, who slowly began to read the verdict. In the lawsuit of Kadi against Israel Railways on the basis of discrimination… the state found the Railways at fault....
A pioneering scheme that transformed the medina
It has become a reflex action for the inhabitants of this charming ancient medina in the Tunisian city of Mahdia. Each evening, for around ten years now, they have got into the regular habit of disposing of their household waste by leaving it outside their homes in bags which are then collec...
Education as a tool to curb Jordan’s deadly domestic accidents
Sameera, who lives in the Sweileh neighbourhood in northwest Amman, lost her seven-year-old son after leaving him unsupervised near the stove. “I put the food on the stove and went to hang wet clothes and left my son to watch the food to make sure it didn’t burn. The next th...
Human rights and democracy - Fostering the next generation of Human Rights Leadership in Israel
"The benefits from volunteering are double. We contribute to the development of civic society and we develop ourselves. Our awareness is higher, we gain important experience, and at the same time our activity contributes to the growth of civil society." Nidaa, a student at the...
Femise Feature - National savings still not enough for true convergence
The financial crisis has cut growth in southern Mediterranean countries by two percentage points on average, claims Jean-Louis Reiffers, chairman of the scientific committee and coordinator of the Femise. This is far less than the slowdown in Europe, but the state of the region’s public fina...
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