The Mediterranean basin is a strategic one for the IECD (almost one third of the operating budget in 2016) and it has had a strong presence there since 1989. Through its programs focused on the training and the access to employment of young people, as well as support to small entrepreneurs, the IECD contributes at its own level to better social cohesion and helps to maintain the program by positioning itself as a vector for peace. In this area, the IECD also implements actions to allow vulnerable people, in particular children from Syrian refugee families and children with special needs, to benefit from access to education and healthcare. The delegation created in Lebanon in 2007 helps to ensure its influence throughout the region thanks to the people deployed in the field who implement projects alongside their local partners.
The activities deployed in the region represent 38% of the IECD’s total activity. Several programs initiated in Lebanon are now extended to the rest of the world, such as the Seeds of Hope program. Today, the tensions in the region are forcing us to double our efforts and move up a gear. This is the case of the MLL project financed by the AFD. In Syria, in view of the situation faced by the population since 2011, the IECD is increasing its impact by strengthening the capacities of many local players. In the Palestinian Territories, the educational center in Bethany continues to develop its activities at the service of the most deprived children. In Egypt, the Seeds of Hope program continues its expansion with four partner schools in Cairo and Alexandria. In Morocco, thanks to its local partnerships, the IECD is offering a response to the youth unemployment situation which is almost 40% in urban environments. Finally, in order to fight youth unemployment in the Mediterranean basin, the MedNC project aims to coordinate and develop a network of effective partners.
NOTABLE EVENTS IN 2018
TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION
- The New Chance Mediterranean Network (MedNC) is growing with two new partner structures, two new countries, and greater visibility among institutional partners.
- Lebanon: the Maharat Li Loubnan (MLL) continues for year 2:
– Increase in the number of beneficiaries of the certified short training (about 600 compared to about a hundred in 2017) and a better placement rate for young people.
– First year of the technical baccalaureate in industrial maintenance and
experimentation of a new technical baccalaureate in computer development.
- Lebanon: the integration actions are increasing (new BOE, two forums welcoming 3,300 visitors and success among enterprises.)
- Syria: the number of young people benefiting from certified short training in the three vocational training centers is increasing greatly: more than 4,000 in 2018 compared to 2,500 in 2017 (+61%).
- Egypt: the program continues in schools in Alexandria and its deployment is being prepared among new public establishments in Cairo.
- Lebanon: the team of the Janaah educational center shares its time between welcoming children at the center and providing support for Lebanese public schools.
- Palestinian Territories: the Al Hamawi educational center is increasing its social cohesion role.
- Lebanon: the Skills for your business program helps young people to start their own business and be monitored during 6 to 12 months.
- Syria: 158 projects have been financed since the launch of the BRIDGES program.
Egypt: the Support for Small Enterprises program in Egypt welcomes its first beneficiaries.
euros of operating budget (2020)