Mediterranean New Chance addresses the challenge of socio-professional integration of young people and, particularly, of NEETs, by mobilizing and strengthening cooperation among stakeholders from both rims of the Mediterranean, including second chance schools.
The UfM-labelled regional project Mediterranean New Chance (In French, Méditerranée Nouvelle Chance MedNC) addresses the challenge of socio-professional integration of young people and, particularly, of those youngsters who are not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEETs) by mobilizing and strengthening cooperation among stakeholders from both rims of the Mediterranean, including second chance schools. The project, framed within the Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs) and coordinated since the 1st of January 2018 by the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD), is currently being implemented in Algeria, Egypt, France, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia through capacity building activities and the exchange of innovative education experiences and best practices among partners.
The mission of MedNC is based on three pillars:
- Bring together, within a network, the stakeholders working towards socio-professional integration of young people in the Mediterranean region.
- Promote capacity building activities stimulate innovation and accelerate impact scaling-up.
- Improve socio-professional integration of young people and, in particular, of NEETs and young women.
MedNC ambitions to:
- Strengthen Euro-Mediterranean cooperation among the stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as from the civil society, working towards socio-professional integration of young people.
- Bring together the business world and socio-professional integration initiatives targeting young people and, in particular, NEETs and young women.
- Develop synergies between the various programmes on socio-professional integration of young people implemented in the Euro-Mediterranean region in order to help them to enlarge and multiply.
- Raise awareness and influence public policies on the defies of a coherent and innovative offer of socio-professional integration initiatives allowing continuity and pedagogical excellence for those who need it most.
About the promoter and partner institutions
The Mediterranean New Chance (MedNC) is promoted by the European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD) which took over the regional coordination of the project on the 1st of January 2018 by replacing the Office of Economic Cooperation for the Mediterranean and the Middle East (OCEMO). MedNC is funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Drosos Foundation.
Founded in 1988, the IECD is a French international solidarity organisation that implements more than 50 development projects in 15 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Ocean, Middle East & North Africa and South East Asia in cooperation with local partners. For the past 30 years, the IECD has developed recognized expertise in four key areas: Education, Vocational Training and Youth Employability, Support to Small Enterprises and Healthcare.
AFD is France’s inclusive public development bank. It engages financing and technical assistance to projects that genuinely improve everyday life, both in developing and emerging countries and in the French overseas provinces. In keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, AFD works in many sectors — energy, healthcare, biodiversity, water, digital technology, professional training, among others — to assist with transitions towards a safer, more equitable, and more sustainable world.
Drosos Foundation is committed to enabling disadvantaged children, young people and young adults to take control of their lives and make a positive contribution within their community. The Foundation promotes skills and creates living conditions which enable these people to fulfil their responsibilities. In this regard, it pursues two complementary strategies: Promoting creative skills and and Promoting economic independence. Drosos Foundation owes its existence to a private endowment. It is ideologically, religiously and politically independent.