D-Jil: innovate and create digital content for youth

D-Jil: innovate and create digital content for youth

Webtv, webradio, YouTube Channels, innovative online programmes…You have a project that aims at giving a voice to young people in the Arab world and would like to take to another level ? Apply for D-Jil and benefit from support to produce online media content for the new generation!…

Webtv, webradio, YouTube Channels, innovative online programmes…You have a project that aims at giving a voice to young people in the Arab world and would like to take to another level ? Apply for D-Jil and benefit from support to produce online media content for the new generation!

Focused studies in the Arab world show that young people want to play a more active role in the media. They are turning increasingly to social and online media, which offer them greater opportunities for interaction and content publication.

D-Jil is supporting youth-focused online media initiatives in the following countries: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

When the present call for applications closes, 30 innovative projects will be short-listed and a hackathon will be organised to enable those involved to consolidate their projects during an interactive session. After the hackathon, the 10 best projects will receive funding and individual coaching.

D-Jil proposes the following to the hackathon winners:

  • A grant of €60,000 to €80,000 for projects of 12 to 24 months;
  • Individual coaching for selected project leaders for the production of media content and for administrative and financial management;
  • Mentoring for selected project leaders relating to the content produced and also to administrative and financial management;
  • Media studies and networking activities (participation in a conference dedicated to “media and young people”).
Supported activities

The projects supported by D-Jil will be designed to allow the creation of innovative online media content that reflects the challenges of interest to young people. Projects will bring together the media and civil society, providing young people with enhanced access to information, a broader grounding in media topics, and increased political and citizen-led involvement in society.

Examples of actions (Non-exhaustive list):

Online interactive and media content relating to individual freedoms, equality, religion, health, sport, and culture (in Arabic, Arabic dialects, Berber languages, French and English).

  • Examples: Online articles, radio/TV broadcasts and videos encouraging discussion and interaction amongst young people on individual freedom issues (relationships between men and women, relationships between parents and children, intimacy, lifestyle ideals, etc.), health (health in general, ‘taboo’ subjects, disability, youth malaise, etc.), sport and culture (coverage of local initiatives focusing on young people), local information and insights into current affairs, development of YouTube channels dealing with these topics, and development of online ‘youth’ channels.

Innovative online programmes/platforms/media developed for young women and produced by young women, to help them combat stereotypes.

  • Examples: Online articles, radio/TV broadcasts and videos by and for women and giving young women a voice on a range of subjects including politics and economics, products targeting the needs of young women and young women with qualifications, broadcasts led by women, etc.; development of YouTube channels and online content addressing these issues.

Innovative online programmes/platforms/media targeting remote/resource-poor areas, or based in these regions.

  • Examples: Articles, radio/TV broadcasts and videos produced by young people, from resource-poor areas and in remote or under-represented regions:
    support for online radio stations run by young people or by young journalists’/youth clubs, support for online media initiatives employing young people as presenters, enabling them to express their views or broadcasting content produced by them, etc.

Innovative online programmes/platforms/media for civil-society organisations active in the area of citizen-led initiatives.

  • Examples: Support for the development of ‘editorialised’ platforms or apps (with production of articles and videos) in order to allow young people to express their views on public political issues affecting them (call for contributions relating to bills, participatory budgeting proposals, etc.). Support for the development of initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the media and information, and education on such topics. Support for the development of online media initiatives that enable young people to engage with elected representatives and citizens on subjects that affect them: media campaigns with production of articles and videos, online petitions, participatory initiatives highlighting dysfunctional aspects or deficiencies.

Innovative online programmes/platforms/media focusing on youth emloyment, provision of training course, grants, etc.

  • Examples: Online articles, radio/TV broadcasts and videos aimed at informing young people about employment and training opportunities, providing advice on job-seeking; online presentation of training courses, placements, grants, programmes available for young people, all enriched with videos and first-hand accounts by young people; online articles, radio/TV broadcasts designed to enrich existing online job-seeker platforms.
D-Jil partners

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

Beneficiaries/Eligibility criteria

D-Jil is designed for those developing digital news content of interest to young people (particularly, young women) and those wishing to enhance their skills by consolidating their working methods, enriching their content and providing new technical skills.

Eligible applicants must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Applicants developing digital news content (bloggers’ or citizen-journalist groups, online radio stations, online media, information platforms, etc.)
  • Traditional private media making the transition to digital (radio and TV stations, printed media, press agencies, etc.);
  • Associations and NGOs already active in the promotion of the media, cultural centres, or civil-society organisations keen to develop a higher online profile, all targeting young people.

They must:

  • Be legally registered structure with legal standing (association, undertaking, NGO, etc.), or be in the course of obtaining legal registration, independent of any political or religious movement;
  • Have the capability to receive funds from abroad;
  • Have their head office in one of the following countries: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon or Syria. It is pointed out that in duly substantiated cases (impossibility of running a project from one’s country of origin), organisations headquartered in the European Union or in a third country may submit a project;
  • Have a bank account held in the organisation’s name or be in the position to open one at short notice.
Pre-selection panel and assessment criteria

A pre-selection committee composed of consortium members will assess the eligibility of the submissions to short-list 30 projects.

The final list of pre-selected projects will be published by the middle of June. Only those applicants who have been pre-selected will be contacted.

Leaders of pre-selected projects (2 people per project) will be invited to Beirut or Casablanca and requested, after a hackathon, to presenting their project to the panel, which will be composed of representatives of the partners and also young people.

Ten projects will ultimately be chosen. A second call for applications will be organised before the end of 2018.

The assessment criteria to be taken into account for pre-selection are the following:

Relevance (30/100)

  • quality of the analysis of the context and local needs
  • relevance of the project to local needs

Strategy/Methodology (30/100)

  • strategy for reaching the target-public
  • geographic coverage and specific focus

Feasibility/Management capability (20/100)

  • the team’s experience and expertise in the particular field
  • project management capability

Innovation (20/100)

  • added value of the project compared to existing ones
Amount of funding granted

The grant awarded to each selected project will range from €60,000 to €80,000 (max). An individual project may receive only one grant. Dual funding for the same expenditure is not permitted.

Key dates
  • Publication of the call for projects: Wednesday, 4 April 2018
  • Application Deadline on the online platform: Thursday, 3 May at 11.30 a.m. GMT;
  • Notification of the list of pre-selected projects to take part in the hackathons: Early June 2018. The 30 pre-selected projects must take part in a hackathon (2 people per project) in Casablanca or Beirut in July 2018, aimed at enabling those involved to consolidate their projects during an interactive session. Ten projects will ultimately be selected by the panel;
  • Final selection of applicants: Mid-July 2018;
  • Signature of grant contracts for the 10 projects chosen: September 2018.
Composition of the application FILE

The application form must be completed online. Three language of the form are available (Arabic, French and English). The form may therefore be completed in any of these three languages. Please note that to access the application form you need first to REGISTER.

Only complete files will be taken into consideration.

Please retain a copy of the file submitted.

The file must contain the following:

  • The online form (all fields to be completed)
  • The budget for the action (in EUR) (in accordance with the following model)

    The brief budget must provide:
    – provision for a funding supervisor
    – a funding audit
    – an amount of 4% for final project evaluation

  • The schedule of activities (in accordance with the following model)
  • Any proof of registration of the structure or of registration steps taken
Any questions?

If you have any questions, please email your query to the following address before 3 May 2018 at 11.30 a.m. GMT: D-jil@cfi.fr

Answers to questions will be published on the call for applications platform.

Categories :

Youth-focused online media initiatives

Partners :


Locations :

MENA region
Targeted countries : Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Selection : 30 pre-selected projects
Partners : CFI (France), Samir Kassir Foundation (Lebanon), IREX Europe (France), FMAS (Morocco) and Leaders of Tomorrow (Jordan). Co-funded by the European Union.
Email : D-jil@cfi.fr