Displaced by conflict, children from Ubari, southern Libya, return home and to the classroom. Photos by Ali Alshareef/ ©UNDP Libya

Back to school

06 July 2018
March 9, 2018.   They were separated by violent conflict in their country three years ago. But today, hundreds of students are happy to be back at their school in southern Libya and to reconnect with their former classmates.
علي الرياني ،مقيم في قاريونس . الصورة: © UNDP

Bringing Garyounis Clinic in Benghazi back to life

19 June 2018
Garyounis is a district with a population of 15,000 people in southern Benghazi (Libya). The terror of the war during the last years is still fresh in people’s memories. Ali Alrayani, 92, has even older war memories dating back to the Second World War, when he was fighting in the desert.
Messaoud Lecheheb Charif

Development of clusters in cultural and creative industries in the Southern Mediterranean

14 June 2018
Constantine’s coppersmiths open up to new horizons Launched in 2014, the regional project “Development of clusters in cultural and creative industries in the Southern Mediterranean”, co-financed by the European Union and the Italian Development Cooperation Agency, gives coppersmiths in…
جورج الجمال في الحقل

How Georges al-Jammal became the “King of strawberries”

04 June 2018
On the fringes of Northern Lebanon in the Akkar district, on the border with Syria, lies the small village of West Tal-Abbas, drowned in a sea of greenery. Early this morning, Georges al-Jammal, accompanied by fifty workers, was in the fields picking strawberries. In a festival of colour and good…
Himaya project

Himaya (Protection): For a justice system that protects children

25 May 2018
20,000 children every year come into conflict with the law, over 7000 are victims of violence, 2000 are taken into care under the Kafala Law (on the care of abandoned or institutionalised children), 1000 children are placed in child protection centres and overall, 100,000 children are brought into…
French producer Stéphanie Schorter interviewed during the European Film Festival

European film festival: entertainment, inspiration & motivation

30 April 2018
From a legendary Portuguese surfer who plied his trade on the Atlantic reef breaks, to the first world female champions in hip-hop, Amman EU film festival showcased odds defying achievements by sportsmen and artists in documentaries that captivated audience and critics alike. The ten day event…
Seminar on women's entrepreneurship and development of SMEs in the Maghreb region

EBESM: Contributing to the economic integration of women in the Southern Mediterranean region

24 April 2018
Courageous women, without degrees or other qualifications, with modest family incomes, and with no access to capital, are making the move out of unemployment to take on the risk of joining the labour market as self-employed workers. Despite colossal challenges, pitfalls and obstacles, over 80% of…
The Swiss foundation Drosos. © Drosos.org

No technician should stay at home

23 April 2018
The project co-financed by the EU and the Swiss foundation Drosos and set up by IECD - the European Institute for Cooperation and Development - aims to help students from technical schools in Lebanon find a job in their field of specialization.
 Hussein Salah from EzPilot

EU supports the improvement of Palestinian enterprises’ access to finance

31 January 2018
Through the Enhancement of the Business Environment in the Southern Mediterranean (EBESM) Project, the EU is helping Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) grow by improving their access to finance
The Haka group

“Training camp” in Marrakesh: Social entrepreneurs... 4 days of training, exchange and intensive exercises

29 January 2018
A four-day social entrepreneurship boot camp was recently held in Marrakesh. Attended by young participants from Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco and taught by international experts, the boot camp was the third of its kind, with two other camps having previously taken place in Tunisia and Algeria.…