Ongoing Projects

D-JIL “Digital Generation”

D-JIL “Digital Generation”

SafirLab 2017. © vinciane lebrun-verguethen/voyez-vous

The D-Jil project aims to offer young citizens, from nine countries of the MENA region, the opportunity, resources, training and mentoring to create and produce digital content for new generations

It is funded by the European Union and implemented by CFI, in partnership with IREX Europe, the Samir Kassir Foundation, the Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS) and Leaders of Tomorrow.

D-Jil will run over 4 years and mentor 20 initiatives from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

  • Selection: in March 2018, there will be a call for applications to select a “long list” of the 30 best projects focusing on digital content intended to meet the expectations of young people and to help them to become involved in public and local life.
  • Hackathon: a hackathon will then bring the teams together to share ideas, receive targeted training and mentoring aimed at helping them refine and develop their project ideas.
  • Subsidy: At the end of the hackathon, the teams will present their projects to a jury and the 10 best will receive a subsidy of between €60 000 to €80 000, to transform their ideas into actual projects.
  • Incubation: These 10 award winners will further benefit from personalized mentoring throughout the implementation of their projects. They will have regular meetings at working sessions to exchange ideas and to promote a regional group dynamic.

IREX Europe will also implement Media and Information Literacy workshops to help the project teams incorporate Media Literacy into activities and receive feedback from their youth audience.

A second call for applications will be launched 6 months later, to choose a further 10 projects

Call for project proposals

PRIDE for LGBT in Albania – Promoting Rights, Inclusiveness, Dignity and Equality for LGBT in Albania (PRIDE)

PRIDE for LGBT in Albania – Promoting Rights, Inclusiveness, Dignity and Equality for LGBT in Albania (PRIDE)

The overall goal of PRIDE is to strengthen the role of LGBT organisations and activists in promoting the acceptance, inclusion and protection of the LGBT minority in both rural and urban Albania. The project has a particular focus on protecting at-risk, marginalised LGBT youth and to promote respect for their fundamental rights.

PRIDE began on 15 February 2018 and will last 24 months. The project is implemented jointly by IREX Europe and its partners: Alliance Against LGBT Discrimination (Aleanca LGBT) and Tebashkuar Pro Kauzës LGBT (Pro LGBT). In addition, the project will work together with the Streha Shelter as well as with the regional organisation ERA. The project is supported by the European Union.



Although Albania has the legal provisions in place that protect LGBTI people from discrimination and ban hate speech in all fields […] experience shows that inequality and failure to understand the human rights of LGBTI people prevails in society” – Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, “National Action Plan on LGBTI People in the Republic of Albania, 2016-2020”, March 2016.


From 2010, and in light of the EU accession process started in 2014, the Government of Albania has taken actions to adopt legislative changes in favour of the protection of LGBT rights. It has thus made significant progress at the legal and policy level in the protection and inclusion of the LGBT community. However, despite the notable changes on paper, in reality, the vast majority of LGBT people continue to hide their sexual orientation and are continuously subject to human rights violations, stigma and discrimination, mainly under the form of harassment in school, denial of access to reproductive means and discrimination in health care institutions, discrimination in the work-place, and in public local offices.


In this context, LGBT organisations such as Aleanca, ProLGBT and the Streha Shelter, have been crucial in providing support and access to basic services for LGBT individuals; raising awareness on LGBT rights;  and in training media, public administration, teachers, police officers on anti-discrimination and respect for LGBT rights. Thanks to the Streha Shelter, runaway and homeless LGBT youth, often victims of domestic violence now have a safe place to stay. Aleanca, ProLGBT and Streha have been driving forces behind the recent legislative modifications which are contributing to social change in Tirana and regions.


By supporting and strengthening the three LGBT organisations and thanks to strategic and impactful activities, this project primarily proposes a grassroots approach where concrete actions promote increased access to rights and services for the LGBT community as well as improve the image and acceptance of LGBT rights in Albania.




Objective 1 – To strengthen the capacity of LGBT organisations and increase their ability to support their constituencies and improve the acceptance, inclusion and protection of the LGBT community among the general population in Tirana and Albania’s regions.


Objective 2 – To increase access to protection and counselling support, as well as access to employment opportunities for the LGBT community, with a special focus on ensuring access to basic services for at-risk young LGBT individuals from Tirana and the regions.


Objective 3 – To promote a more positive image of the LGBT community and improve their acceptance by the general population in Tirana and the regions, both through media campaigns and offline activities



Outcome 1 – LGBT organisations have improved their management capacity, and have acquired new skills and knowledge to implement actions improving the acceptance, inclusion and protection of the LGBT community in Tirana and the regions:

  • Activity 1.1: Capacity building strategy development for Aleanca LGBT, PRoLGBT and the Streha Shelter
  • Activity 1.2: In house capacity building trainings for Aleanca LGBT, PRoLGBT and the Streha Shelter


Outcome 2 – The LGBT community in Albania, especially at-risk LGBT youth, are benefiting from increased and improved counselling, protection and access to employment support inside and outside of Tirana, namely via assistance through the Aleanca Community Centre and the Streha Shelter

  • Activity 2.1- Service provision support for 200 LGBT individuals through Aleanca community centre:
  • Activity 2.2 – Support for 12 at-risk homeless LGBT youth through the ‘Streha’ Shelter:


Outcome 3 – The image of the LGBT community in Tirana and the regions has improved through positive role model campaigns and support for awareness raising to LGBT activists disseminated by Albanian media

  • Activity 3.1- Awareness raising grants for activists from regions
  • Activity 3.2 – Training on Human Rights and Ethics for local media practitioner from regions
  • Activity 3.3: Positive role model campaign
Promoting new women leaders and ‘invisible women’ human rights activists in Eurasia

Promoting new women leaders and ‘invisible women’ human rights activists in Eurasia

The overall objective of this project is to recognise, support and promote the emerging role of women Human Rights Defenders (W/HRDs) and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) working for women’s and girls’ rights in Eurasia, including in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

The project supports four target groups:

  • Young/emerging women human rights leaders

The project will contribute to strengthen the leadership skills of young women HRDs through capacity building; promoting networking and the sharing of ideas; and participation in national, regional, international forums.

After a first stage of target groups identification and needs assessment, the project partners will organise national and regional “Leadership Academies” to reinforce the leadership competencies of young W/HRDs. Small grants will be offered to the W/HRDs participating in the “Leadership Academies” allowing them to implement projects increasing the visibility and rights of women in the target countries. The targeted W/HRDs will also have the opportunity to benefit from travel funds to attend international, regional and national forums on human rights campaigning for women’s and girl’s rights.

  • ‘Invisible women’ human rights defenders, i.e. women activists who are actively defending rights within their own communities, but who are not involved in the wider HRD movement.

The project will support “invisible women’s” groups through targeted training and capacity building in advocacy, lobbying, developing strategies of change and media campaigns to raise awareness on specific issues they face

The project partners will identify and assess the needs of “invisible women” in the target countries and will organised tailored trainings in advocacy, lobbying, and developing strategies of change based on the specific needs of this target group. Media campaigns to raise awareness of the causes advocated by invisible women’s groups will also be run.

  • Lawyers working for women’s and girl’s rights

The project will help to improve knowledge of lawyers working for women’s and girls’ rights on ECtHR procedures to make use of international mechanisms for the protection of W/HRDs

Regional training sessions on the ECtHR will take place in Strasbourg to provide training to experienced lawyers working in the field of women’s and girls’ rights. Furthermore, the project partners and experienced lawyers will assist the targeted lawyers in writing applications and third party interventions to ECtHR.

  • W/HRDs and Human Rights Defenders working for women’s and girls’ rights

The project will provide anti-burnout trainings and rapid response for psycho-social, medical and legal support for women HRDs and Human Rights Defenders working for women’s and girls’ rights “at risk”.

Rehabilitation courses, legal counselling and small support funds to cover medical and/or psychological support will be offered to W/HRDs and HRDs promoting women’s and girls’ rights.

Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors (EYCA)

Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors (EYCA)

The overall goal of the project is to increase freedom of expression in Moldova by: empowering youth from rural areas to become civic actors through training in media literacy  and blogging; encouraging local media in regions to collaborate with youth and local authorities; and increasing civic dialogue in the rural areas, including through public dialogue on social issues.


Objective 1 : building the capacities of young and active citizens to report on social and political issues through training in media literacy and blogging about their local communities

Objective 2 : support local media in the raions and improve their capacity to provide quality content through collaboration with youth and local authorities

Objective 3 : increasing community dialogue on social issues in the raions, including through public discussions, readings and other events on human rights and social issues.


The importance of media literacy is increasingly recognized in Moldova for a number of reasons ranging from the influence of false information; the influence of oligarch dominated media; the lack of professionalism within Moldovan media; and the lack of media literacy amongst the general population.

The consortium’s experience in media literacy shows that Moldovans, especially in the rural areas, lack the necessary skills to critically analyse local, national and international news. Moreover, because of the week capacity of local media, subjects related to local communities are often not reported appropriately or even covered at all. As a result, people in rural areas feel isolated and disinterested in the news, increasing their potential to be manipulated by media oligarchs and false information.


Our project works to achieve these results through the following activities:

Result 1Young people from at least 10 raions have improved their ability to understand and report on social and political issues through media literacy activities; they have developed connections with other stakeholders from their communities and youth from other raions and are able to engage more critically in their communities as civic actors.

Activity 1.1 – Media Literacy trainings for students from rural areas

Activity 1.2 – Blog tours for youth led by well-known Moldovan bloggers and activists on social issues

Activity 1.3 – Moldovan Multimedia Festivals with prizes for the best blogs.

Activity 1.4 –   Guidance and mentoring provided to the youth engaged in media literacy activities. Youth platforms identified and contracted to disseminate project’s media products;

Result 2 local media in different raions have improved their ability to engage with audiences involving youth and where possible local authorities in developing project and media outputs.

Activity 2.1: Small grants for media projects involving local media, local authorities, and trained youth

Activity 2.2: Production and management capacity building trainings for awarded media projects

Activity 2.3:  Local production and dissemination of productions in local media

Result 3local communities in the raions have the opportunities to access safe spaces for discussion including alternative format debates on social and political issues, including human rights.

Activity 3.1:  Organisation of public discussions, including readings on social issues followed by informal discussions organised by the project partners in collaboration with local authorities, youth and other interested actors.

Strengthening the capacities of Tunisian social partners and media civil society (TOKE)

Strengthening the capacities of Tunisian social partners and media civil society (TOKE)

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the development of local information and citizen mobilization in the governorates of Tozeur and Kebili through the professionalization of associative radios and media literacy for youth and active civil society in these regions.

The project is being implemented in two components. The project’s first component focusses on improving the access to local information for the populations of Tozeur and Kebili , by strengthening the editorial capacities and economic viability of Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM, the only associative radios in Kébili and Tozeur; The project will also work to increase the participation of youth and civil society in the governorates of Tozeur and Kebili in community radio programs and make responsible use of social media to disseminate, exchange and discuss local news.

TOKE Objectives :

Objective 1: To strengthen the capacity of community radio stations to produce information programs;

Objective 2: To enhance the capacity of youth and civil society to interact with community radio and social media.

Our project works to achieve these objects through the following activities:

  • Workshop on local journalism and radio animation for ATMA trainers;
  • Trainings in local journalism (« journalisme de proximité ») and radio animation techniques for journalists from Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM.
  • Workshop on innovative business models for managers of Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM.
  • Media and Information Literacy (MIL) training of trainers for ATMA trainers followed by a training of ATMA’s officials of Youth Centers in Tozeur and Kebili.
  • Organization of MIL workshops for youth groups, bloggers and representatives of civil society in Youth Centers.
  • Production and dissemination by Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM (with the support of ATMA) of the making-of of MIL workshops.

The expected results of the project are:

  • Outcome 1:  Journalists and facilitators from Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM have the necessary know-how to produce information programs focused on the concerns of the populations of Tozeur and Kebili and to organize at the community level a citizen dialogue reflecting the pluralism of currents of thoughts and opinions.
  • Outcome 2:  Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM strengthen their economic viability by developing different formats of programs with low production costs but adapted to their mandate as citizen and participatory media.
  • Outcome 3:  Youth and active civil society in the governorates of Tozeur and Kebili participate more in community radio programs and make responsible use of social media to disseminate, exchange and discuss local news.
Promoting media plurality, balance and media literacy in Central Asia

Promoting media plurality, balance and media literacy in Central Asia

The project aims to increase the resilience of the Central Asian population to false news and disinformation and promote an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society.

IREX Europe is leading the media literacy aspect of the project, working in collaboration with local organisations to provide training of trainers for teachers, university lecturers, librarians and media organisations to deliver media literacy programmes to encourage critical thinking. We are also developing a media literacy curriculum for the Central Asian context.


With false news a global epidemic and no strong culture of investigative journalism in Central Asia, it is important that individuals have strong critical thinking skills and an awareness of bias in the media so that they are able to make their own informed decisions.

The programme will be based on a training manual and methodology pioneered by an IREX Europe project in Moldova entitled “Strengthening Independent Media and Media Literacy”.  This project set-up media literacy programmes in libraries across Moldova to great success.


  • Training of trainers for university professors, librarians, teachers and other media professionals will equip them to run their own classes in media literacy and critical thinking.
  • A curriculum of lessons and accompanying manual for trainers will be produced for libraries, universities and schools. This will be tailored to the Central Asian context and available in Russian, Kyrgyz and Kazakh languages.
  • An pilot online platform for lessons, exercises and other resources will be tested in Kyrgyzstan, with the potential to be rolled out across all Central Asian countries.