A small grants programme for emerging NGOs in North Africa

Since 2013, in partnership with the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), MAVA has initiated, co-financed and supported the Small Grants Programme for civil society organisations in North Africa (PPI OSCAN), whose principal objective is to reinforce technical, administrative and financial capacities of civil society organisations in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The programme is coordinated by IUCN-Med.

This project is now in its final stages and an external evaluation, undertaken by BRL ingénierie, highlighted the programme’s successes in terms of civil society structuring: “several of the young associations which received support have indeed reached a good level of professionalism and are involved in the implementation of environmental public policies”. The evaluators gave a particular emphasis to seven replicable success stories, whereas in Libya, the programme helped maintain some civil society organisations active in a particularly difficult context. The following activities, among many others, are particularly interesting: the activities developed by El Bahdja Association d’Activités des Jeunes in Algeria to raise environmental awareness, the first eco-labelled hiking-fishing trail created by the Fly Fishing Club of the middle Atlas region in Morocco, or the promotion and management of the Sebket Soliman coastal lagoon in Tunisia (by the Association de l’Environnement et du Développement de Soliman). The study also highlights IUCN-Med’s good overall management, as well as the excellent work of the national coordinators who supported the civil society organisations locally.

On the basis of this experience, FFEM and MAVA are today considering, together with their partners, a second phase of PPI OSCAN, in order to support further the civil society organisations working towards the conservation of nature in North Africa.

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