A school for children of war
Syrian children have suffered “the fastest and clearest educational decline” ever seen in the Middle East, announced the UN and several NGOs in a report published recently. Refugee children are faced with several difficulties related to lack of space, insecurity, poverty, community tensi...
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...
Think web, write web, film web
More and more people are connected to two screens at the same time: people watch the TV whilst holding their laptop or tablet. ‘Transmedia’ is a new form of writing which consists of working on an artistic, fun or informative project while using several media together. By taking pa...
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 ...
Healing war scars at school
Over 165,000 Syrians have crossed into Jordan to escape the conflict since the beginning of 2013, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration to more than 540,000. Half of them are children under 18 and many of them do not have access to education. Amid fears tha...
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...
Don’t touch, stay safe
Despite the official end of the Libyan uprising, explosive remnants of war and small arms continue to pose a threat to the lives of the civilian population, particularly children. The European Union and UNICEF support Libya’s effort to raise awareness of the dangers and to keep children safe. ...
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...
Plants could boost local industry in the Mediterranean
Could the medicinal plant sector become a catalyst for development in the Mediterranean? The challenge for researchers at the Bio-Xplore project is to identify and isolate plant compounds that may have a commercial potential. The final aim of the project – implemented under the EU funded...
Stopping water leakages
In an effort to optimize water consumption and to minimize leakages in the Mediterranean region, the EU is deploying smart water meters as part of five pilot projects in Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Italy and Cyprus. These are being implemented within the framework of the Aquaknight initiative, which is ...
Learning (by doing) to become youth leaders and agents of positive change
They want to help their peers deal with unemployment, social justice, gender discrimination, the environment and to avoid negative political attitudes. These Jordanian youth workers are on the way to evolving into youth leaders. Their participation in a workshop organised by the Euro-Med Youth...
LibyaBlog, giving youth a voice
Professional and independent media can play a decisive role in the process aimed at restructuring democratic and civil society within a country. New social media is no exception. The European Union has decided to support the creation of a young, responsible and active Libyan blogosphere, where Libya...
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. ...
Turning olive oil waste into euros while protecting nature
It’s no secret that the Mediterranean region accounts for the overwhelming majority of the world’s olive oil production, in fact 97% of it. What is less well-known, however, is that for the estimated two million tons of olive oil produced annually, some nine million tons of waste is gene...
Hotels are going green too
The European project Shmile 2 aims to spread eco-labels to tourist accommodation services in the Mediterranean, particularly in six countries: Egypt, Italy, France, Jordan, Greece and Tunisia. Visit by our correspondent from the European Neighbourhood Info Centre to the only hotel in Alexandria to h...
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...
Aladdin flies to the rescue of ancient theatres
An EU-supported project to protect and preserve ancient theatres in five Euro Med countries has turned to the magical world of Aladdin and his genie to inspire and educate children about coliseums and the value of cultural heritage. The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre sent along one of its journa...
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...
The car of the future
Four prototype vehicles that run exclusively on solar energy are parked in the seaside resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, at the workshop of the Airtec company. In 2008, the company received a grant from the bilateral Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) programme funded by the European Commissi...
A hospital powered by wind
Spreading the word about renewable energy is one thing, but who would have thought that you could run a hospital on wind power? Well, you can and the proof is in Hebron, where the Al Ahli Hospital plans to use wind power to cover about 40% of its energy needs. The project, which is the first of its ...
Plants could be at the root of new jobs
Could the medicinal plant sector become a catalyst for development in Morocco? The INPMA, the largest institute in the country for research in aromatic and medicinal plants, certainly thinks so. Morocco has a rich and diverse heritage, but its market is supplied by high value-added products imported...
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...
Protecting Bizerte lagoon
From a distance, the view of Lake Bizerte is breath-taking. However, as you get closer to this natural lagoon, the extent of the damage can be seen: a worrying level of pollution resulting from unregulated industrial activity and a lack of public awareness. There is reason to be optimistic h...
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...
I learned to be a fully-fledged citizen
Youth attending the Youth Development Centre (YDC), barely aged 30 or a bit less, aspire to become ‘citizens at home’. They take refuge in the development field and the informal education methods which have been acquired through the European programme EUROMED Youth among others.