250 candidates responded to the first “D-Jil” call for projects. From these, 30 projects were pre-selected by a panel made up of representatives of D-Jil’s partners, including: CFI (France), Skeyes (Lebanon), IREX Europe (France) and FMAS (Morocco). Following 2 hackathons organized in Casablanca and Beirut, a panel of experts and young people from the Mediterranean region selected the 10 best projects to be awarded a grant to aid their development.

The projects’ pre selection criteria focused on relevance to the expectations of young people living in Southern Mediterranean countries, on the methodology, the feasibility and on “innovativeness”. Another key criterion was the “digital” dimension – how online and technical the project was.

Two representatives from each of the 30 preselected projects took part in hackathons aimed at further refining their projects. The project teams from North Africa were invited to Casablanca from 6 to 8 July, while those from the Levant and Egypt met in Beirut from 13 to 15 July. With the support of experts and mentors, the teams worked on several aspects of the projects during the hackathons.

At the end of the two days, each team presented their project to a selection panel, half of whose members were young people from the Southern Mediterranean region.

The panel selected the 10 projects that are now to be awarded grants ranging from €60,000 to €80,000, for projects lasting 12 to 24 months:

  • DjanoubTube, Algeria
  • ECHOES : formation, production et militantisme pour un journalisme citoyen, Algeria
  • She’s got something to say, Algeria
  • Welad ElBalad Stadium, Egypt
  • Satirical media, Jordan / UK
  • You22, Lebanon
  • 9rayti.com – WebTV d’orientation universitaire et professionnelle, Morocco
  • Openchabab, Morocco
  • Independent Media: Raising Youth Voices, Palestine
  • Ahkifree La télé, Tunisia

A second call for projects will take place before the end of 2018 with a view to selecting 10 new projects.

D-Jil is run by a consortium of partners with the following members: CFI (France), Fondation Samir Kassir (Lebanon), IREX Europe (France), FMAS (Morocco) et Leaders of Tomorrow (Jordan) and is co-financed by Union européenne.