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Discover the stories of our incubated civil society initatives

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Published on Aug 10, 2017

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Would you like to learn more about the selected grassroots initiatives in Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia? Visit the new section on the website as you find out more on the different initiatives selected.

Per country, two initiatives were selected, which are currently receiving support including the development of a “support plan” for their initiative, regular coaching sessions for six months to support the implementation of the initiative, external technical support based on the needs identified in the “support plan”, opportunity to become a member of the Switchers community  and to have a video prepared for this purpose and last but not least, the support for the development of a " crowdfunding " campaign.

In Algeria, Abdelmadjid Arfa and his partners of the TORBA collective has launched an agroecological and educational farm for the promotion of sustainable agriculture and Mohamed Ouchene, member of the environmental association Thazmurth and project initiator of this initiative seeks to reduce the pollution caused by the olive industry in the Aghbalou region.

In Morocco, members of Terre et Humanisme-Maroc (THM), Gueghlan Boujemâa and his volunteers have launched the initiative Crossroads of Agroecological Initiatives and Practices (CIPA). Taxi Social, leaded by Abdelkrim Boughoud from the Douiret Sbaa Association for Local Development has hired a van to facilitate the mobility of nearly 50 families living in an isolated area

SwitchMed helped us building capacity for our team by empowering us. We have learnt to manage better the initiative and to diversify our activities. In addition, SwitchMed has supported us during the application process for participatory funds for the training of rural youth affected by the agricultural crisis. Gueghlan Boujemâa, CIPA (Morocco)


In Lebanon, Jad and Chadi, together with the support of a group of volunteers, are working to map Beirut routes through collective action within their growing initiative Bus Map Project. The other initiative, Youth for Environment - Upcycling initiative in Baalbeck aims at giving a second life to waste.

In Tunisia, Adnen Ben Haji and two other partners created a social "coworking space" incubator and a bicycle delivery company called Pedalo. The other one, De Terre et D’Argile aims to promote collective social and eco-innovation through sustainable building.

You can also check ¨Who is behind our initiatives?" at the Faces Publication" on page 40.