North of Sahara Region
This programme aims to deliver technical assistance to governments, non-governmental organisations and multilateral partners, in five countries: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Algeria, as well as support at a regional level. It works in a wide range of thematic areas including governance, economic growth and security and justice. This programme included Covid-19 activity in FY 20/21 Q1 and Q2.
This programme is supporting the North Africa region through interventions working in the political, economic, counter terrorism and security areas. The programme will support these components by addressing transnational elements through regional cooperation. This programme included Covid-19 activity in FY 20/21 Q2.
This programme aims to deliver technical assistance to governments, non-governmental organisations and multilateral partners, in five countries: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Algeria, as well as support at a regional level. It works in a wide range of thematic areas including governance, economic growth and security and justice.
This programme is supporting the North Africa region through interventions working in the political, economic, counter terrorism and security areas. The programme will support these components by addressing transnational elements through regional cooperation.
MADAR (Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights) is a challenge-led Network Plus which deploys a broad interdisciplinary approach to the protection of displaced people in the Maghreb region. Drawing on equitable established partnerships, MADAR mobilises a range of international and contextually-informed research expertise to deliver a regional-level intervention in the Maghreb. MADAR aims to generate an evidence base on humanitarian protection of people affected by South-South displacement in the Maghreb. MADAR will commission research which addresses the challenges of how to effectively affirm protective rights and mitigate harm to the most vulnerable (including conflict- and environment-induced internally displaced people, refugees and asylum seekers in the Maghreb). MADAR responds to SDG 16: "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels". MADAR's objectives as a GCRF Network Plus are three-fold: 1) FACILITATE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AND CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION BETWEEN RESEARCHERS AND PRACTITIONERS WORKING ON DISPLACEMENT IN THE MAGHREB. a) To generate interdisciplinary research that addresses the multiple and layered protection challenges associated with large scale and diverse displacement and conflict in the Maghreb region. b) To mobilise a qualitative interdisciplinary approach to the protection of displaced people through the arts and humanities and social and political sciences. MADAR seeks to promote "non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development" (SDG 16.b) and ideas that "the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services" (SDG 1.4). 2) ENHANCE CAPACITY FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN THE UK AND IN THE MAGHREB, WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON ECRs, CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS, AND RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION. a) To foster and nurture research collaborations amongst established and emerging researchers across institutions in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia and with research communities beyond the Maghreb. b) To facilitate and sustain cross-sector synergies between research institutes and cultural and advocacy organisations in order to promote peaceful and inclusive societies through cultural and creative modes of engagement. 3) GENERATE EVIDENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO PROTECT VULNERABLE DISPLACED PEOPLE IN THE MAGHREB AND FACILITATE UPTAKE AND UTILISATION BY KNOWLEDGE USERS THROUGH APPLIED KEI STRATEGIES. a) To generate context and evidence-based knowledge in order to inform scholarly and policy-making debates about displacement in neighbouring regions (Europe, Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa). b) To deliver and disseminate contextually-informed research in order to guide and shape planned and well-managed practices and policies in Maghreb countries that will protect the rights and prevent harm to people in displacement. MADAR aligns to SDG 10.7 for "orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies".
1. To create a high density, high resolution genetic map for faba bean based on a genotyping a new, multi-parent mapping population with up to 50,000 newly designed SNPs. 2. To use the 50K SNP array platform, together with precision phenotyping of specially created new mapping populations, to dissect with unprecedented resolution the precise genetic architecture of two distinct sources of tolerance to the parasitic weed, Orobanche. 3. To introgress herbicide resistance into North African adapted bean backgrounds and test the effectiveness of control of Orobanche by herbicides when the host is protected by genetic resistance to the herbicide. 4. To introgress the low vicine-convicine trait into North African adapted bean backgrounds using marker-assisted selection. 5. To investigate the socio-economic factors affecting uptake of new trait, varieties and agronomy packages amongst smallholder farmers in North Africa.
Language development in Arabic-speaking children in the early years: tackling the roots of academic and social inequalitiesUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The Early Years (0 to 4) are fundamental to provide children with the learning opportunities and the experiences that will shape their lives. Central to early development is the acquisition of language, which holds the key to subsequent academic success, robust socioemotional development, and enhanced life chances in terms of employment, mental health and social inclusion. In most Arabic-speaking countries, there is a lack of appropriate tools to measure language abilities prior to the age of schooling, which would allow parents and Early Years professionals to detect any difficulty and to provide interventions. There is also very often a lack of knowledge of the existence and consequences of early language delays, or of how language development proceeds with other aspects of development, including cognitive, motor, and socio-economic development. Finally, as in any other language, Arabic language skills are expected to be impacted by socio-economic factors and multilingualism (which is the norm in some Middle East countries), and in some areas, by war-related trauma. How these effects, added to those related to varied childcare solutions, conspire to shape language development in the Middle East, is largely unknown. This project is designed to address the major gaps in ecologically-valid measurement tools for child language development in the Arab world and to identify the social and demographic factors which hinder children from reaching their potential. We root our project in the Middle East context through a tight consultation with stakeholders from the four groups of actors of child development: parents, practitioners, policy makers and NGOs, leading to the co-creation of policy-guiding recommendations and dissemination routes for maximum impact. Our partner DAC countries are Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and the West Bank. Our first objective is to develop solutions for successful large-scale and affordable early-language screening in young Arabic-speaking children. To reach this objective, we will (1) establish the feasibility of a pan-Arabic, multi-dialect approach to early Arabic assessment, and determine the most accurate way to account for multilingualism; (2) adapt and standardise freely available tools that can be used by parents and Early Years professions, empowering them to detect any early signs of language delay; and (3) publicise these tools to end users along with parent-led interventions, in the four DAC countries. Our second objective is to offer language-centred solutions to reduce the inequalities in children's early education in the Middle East. Here, through the case study of Lebanon, we aim at (1) deriving a locally-sensitive measure for socio-economic vulnerability and describing the variability of childcare provision; (2) establishing the impact of these factors on language development; and (3) improving the provision of oral language content in the curriculum of Early Childhood Education training (ECE curricula). Our third objective is to contribute to enhancing the life chances of young Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, two long-standing refugee communities that continue to experience serious disadvantage. To achieve this, we will (1) document language development trajectories in refugee children; (2) facilitate children's online access to the Lebanese Early Years curriculum (EY curriculum) to increase their chances to enrol in primary schools and decrease dropouts; and (3) collaborate with NGOs to promote parents' involvement in their child's early education. Our final objective is to contribute to policy changes around early childcare, health and education provision in the Middle East, grounding the importance of language development in the Early Years.
Contribution to the International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Vegetation and Crops (ICP VEG)Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs
UK Contribution to the ICP VEG which is a programme that supports the UNECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) by researching the effects of air pollution on crops and semi-natural vegetation. It provides the UK's contribution, in kind, to the funding of the Convention.
The objectives of the proposed research proposal are as follow: 1- To contribute to the social and economic welfare of Egypt by providing innovative solutions for preservation of cultural heritage structures; which will promote the tourism industry that is crucial to Egypt. 2- To develop preservation methods for ancient structures in Egypt using the non-invasive ViBa technique pioneered by researchers from the UK group. 3- To conduct numerical simulations and small-scale experimental tests on representative historic structures in Egypt in order to confirm the benefits of adopting the ViBa system. 4- To optimize the different parameters affecting the behaviour of the ViBa system and its components for various ancient structures in different sites in Egypt. 5- To develop preservation guidelines against earthquake attacks to be presented to the government and authorities in Egypt.
LABYRINTH: Conservation, Analysis and Virtual Reconstruction of the Archaeological Site of Hawara Pyramid and Labyrinth (El Fayoum)UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The project aims to develop and implement an evidence-based strategy and action-plan to inform the sustainable preservation of the endangered archaeological site of Hawara (El Fayoum Governorate) using digital and virtual LiDAR Technologies. The project intends to foster tourism by increasing global awareness of the site and its historical significance. This project will inform and drive a UNESCO-led international effort to limit the impact of increasing hydrogeological threats, underground water table and continuous deterioration of the structural integrity of Pyramid burial chambers and the Labyrinth passages. The project is designed to answer a key research question; How effective is the use of digital LiDAR scanning technologies in mapping and synthesising discrete evidence-based findings on the spatial layout and conditions of underground archaeological structures? Furthermore, how this effectiveness could guide a sustainable preservation strategy for an endangered heritage site? To achieve this aim, this research programme will: a) Develop and implement a customised methodology for accurate 3D laser scan and digital survey, record and model existing conditions of the site. This method will include, 3D laser scanning, 3D sound recording, analysis of atmospherics and environmental conditions, above and underground. b) Utilise intelligent geophysical underground surveys to detect, analyse and model the labyrinth's remains, spatial layout and its water table. The research will aim to produce a credible layout of the Hawara archaeological site and location of underground structural remains. This will be achieved through overlaying archaeological, geomatic, geological and geophysical datasets, with spatial analysis and satellite imaging of the site. The project will collect multi-disciplinary data, and will process, generate and weight the dataset findings. The surveys will be coded and reproduced through visual infographics on the publicly accessible virtual reality modelling interface and website. c) Develop a prototype of a novel interactive virtual heritage platform. This prototype will integrate remote sensing indicators, satellite imaging analysis, geophysical datasets on the customary developed ArcGIS model of the site. This novel technique of overlaying different datasets to determine accurate locations of sub-surface structures is a semi-automated digital system with evidence-based predictive scenarios of excavation. d) Develop a virtual reality experience of the site (Pyramid and Labyrinth) portraying the site's history and evolution over time and history. This will also include developing associated educational infographics and virtual tours. This will form a critical part of a sustainable tourism strategy that will increase the awareness of the site and its historic significance through engaging global tourism and pre-university educational programmes. A series of cultural activities both onsite and online will also be developed.
The aim of the MOVE project is to respond to the challenges of climate change and its implications for the care of collections and for energy management in museums in Egypt by providing an advanced tool for environmental monitoring. At present, internationally important collections in Egyptian museums are at risk from poor environmental controls and unstable and inappropriate conditions, which are leading to the deterioration of vulnerable artefacts. We will deliver on this aim through achievement of the following objectives: - We will address the lack of available standards appropriate to this region by building on existing environmental standards for museums in the UK and elsewhere to develop a set of criteria for collections care and visitor comfort which is accurate and appropriate to Egyptian contexts. - These criteria will form a basis for establishing an integrated monitoring regime for a range of relevant environmental parameters, including light, temperature, humidity and pollutant particles. This monitoring will encompass museum storage areas housing different artefact types including organic and inorganic materials as well as exhibition spaces where visitor comfort is a key consideration. - The platform we will create for live monitoring of these complex environmental parameters represents an alternative to traditional more cumbersome manual methods of data collection. This will support a more sophisticated approach to managing museum environments in response to challenging and changing climatic conditions. It will facilitate enhanced environmental management for three key applications: collections care, visitor comfort, and energy efficiency. - Designs for a dashboard will initially be developed in the UK combining existing best practice in this area with pilot studies at Salford Museum to create test models. These models will be tested and refined in Egyptian contexts to address a range of usability criteria and ensure the dashboard responds to local needs, including the display and visualisation of data, technical performance, maintenance, language etc. The final dashboard design will present relevant data in an accurate and easily accessible visual format and be straightforward for museum staff to understand and implement. - To address skills shortages in this area training will be provided to museum staff and trainee graduates to build capacity and widen the impact of the project with a view to improving the long-term care of Egyptian cultural heritage.
Interdisciplinary approach for the management and conservation of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Historic Cairo. Application to Al-Ashraf Street.UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
This research project aims at proposing and applying an interdisciplinary approach for the management and conservation of the UNESCO world heritage site of Historic Cairo. In order to apply and demonstrate the developed methodologies, a part of the site has been selected, namely "Al-Ashraf street". The proposed project is not meant to be solely an engineering solution for the threats faced by this street but it is intended to provide a holistic approach that could be applied in other areas in Historic Cairo and, more generally, in other archaeological sites in Egypt and in other developing countries. Within this context, the specific objectives of the proposed project are: I. Develop a plan for the management of the historic site. This would include building and/or updating the Geographical Information System (GIS) of the site that includes information about existing structures, heritage value, land use, urban and demographic characteristics and state of urban systems, among others. II. Consider advanced Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) techniques as a tool in the site management. Continuous monitoring of a site, including deformations and cracking as well as ground water levels, is essential to its management and to assessing physical deterioration so that timely intervention and preventative actions can be undertaken. III. Employ structural assessment studies as part of the site management methodology. These studies will involve detailed safety evaluation of the historical structures under the risks imposed by several natural and environmental hazards, including those arising from seismic events and groundwater/dewatering effects. IV. Investigate experimentally the effect of rising groundwater levels on the structural characteristics and resilience of masonry load-bearing structural elements replicating the historic fabric of existing structures within the site. V. Devise optimum and non-intrusive intervention techniques that could be adopted for the conservation of representative structures, through laboratory experiments on prototype load-bearing elements replicating the main properties of the historic fabric. VI. Develop fundamental and sustainable solutions for rising groundwater levels inside and around the structures within the site. VII. Propose sustainable solutions for locations used as garbage dumps. This would include transformation to green areas, thus improving environmental and social conditions for the surrounding community. Groundwater dewatering, as a measure for controlling rising levels, would be considered for the irrigation of these green areas. VIII. Develop suitable waste management plans which are able to mitigate the threats to the public and the environment including those related to health risks and fire hazards. IX. Propose archaeological conservation plans for the deteriorated historical structures in the site. X. Allow citizen participation in the street conservation and management based on an understanding of the monument as a resource not a burden. XI. Integrate all the aforementioned into an interdisciplinary approach for the street conservation and management.
The MADAR Development Award aims to support the co-development and co-design of a strong full application for a Network Plus that will address development challenges associated with the protection of displaced people in the central Maghreb region (encompassing UMIC Algeria and LMICs Morocco and Tunisia). The MADAR Development Award will enable us to: 1) Nurture our established strong, equitable, and sustainable partnerships with research institutions and advocacy groups in the Maghreb, 2) Enhance capability development amongst research institutions and advocacy groups in the Maghreb, and 3) Bring together expertise across disciplines and research organisations in the Maghreb and the UK.
1.1. To create and develop an innovative means in the field of conservation of cultural heritage, regarding the disinfection and inhibition of bacteria and fungi colonizing the heritage objects. It is aimed at replacing the traditional harmful chemical and physical methods, due to the promising features of plant extracts and essential oils (PEEOs), resource effectiveness, availability, manageability and safety for both heritage materials and people either visitors or museum staff. 1.2. To rescue the selected bio-deteriorated buildings, stones, mural paintings, textiles, carpets and oil paintings heritage in Egypt, via documentation, identification of the components, treat, disinfect them from microbial colonizing, and museum display. 1.3. To establish a conservation laboratory in the Faculty of Arts, Damietta University, it will be the first one in Damietta and the surrounding governorates, aid teaching under- and post-graduates and facilitate high quality research by faculty staff and specialists. 1.4. To lead a strong awareness of the chemical and physical methodologies that are harmful to health, heritage and the environment, and to encourage others in all disciplines to harness nature and green materials. 1.5. To build capacity around a novel mean in heritage conservation in the UK and Egypt, and to exchange expertise in microbiology and conservation and initiate a sustainable co-operation. 1.6. To increase the financial income of the Egypt cultural heritage for a long-term through treatment and display of the selected deteriorated heritage. 1.7. To publish high quality articles in high impact-factor journals, which also promotes our universities ranking. 1.8. To develop connectivity and sustainable partnerships, exchange knowledge, expertise and cultures, and to build new academic partnerships between Egypt and the UK, indirectly contributing to cultural harmony, which is a priceless aim in the long-term.
Mobilising Access to Rights for Artists in Morocco (MARAM) furthers the impact of our ESRC-AHRC (GCRF) project 'Arts for Advocacy'. MARAM aims firstly to continue to contribute to debate, influence opinion, and inform migration policy in Morocco, and secondly to address an unforeseen gap in our previous project by fostering greater social and institutional recognition for marginal artists in Morocco (specifically migrants from Africa and the Middle East and Moroccans from disadvantaged communities). MARAM is an innovative project generating long-lasting, sustainable change to enhance artists' rights and access to social, cultural and economic opportunities. MARAM has 3 interlinked ODA-compliant objectives: 1. To develop a trilingual (Arabic, French, English) Toolkit to facilitate the navigation of existing legislation and administrative hurdles by artists based in Morocco. Through a series of Workshops facilitated by our non-academic Project Partner (Racines), we will generate a Toolkit to assist marginal artists based in Morocco to: a) understand the national policy framework surrounding the status of artists, and b) navigate relevant administrative procedures (e.g. to obtain an artist card, which is an eligibility requirement for accessing Ministry of Culture funds for artistic ventures). 2. To enhance artistic collaboration and support networks amongst artists based in Morocco, and between artists and cultural professionals. In partnership with Racines, MARAM will host an Artistic Residency Programme for marginal migrant and Moroccan artists. As part of the residency, participants will creatively engage with what it means to be an artist in Morocco and will generate creative pieces to be exhibited online and during the Migrant'Scène arts and migration festival in Morocco at the end of the project. 3. To generate a trilingual (Arabic, French, English) Manifesto for Artists' Rights to shape policies affecting artists based in Morocco. Through the Workshops co-organised with Racines throughout the Artistic Residency Programme, MARAM will engage participant artists and professionals from the creative sector in Morocco in reflection and debates on artists' status and rights in Morocco. In coordination with Racines, MARAM will run a Forum for stakeholders, decision-makers, and policy-makers to launch the Manifesto with in order to influence and reshape cultural and migration policies in Morocco. These objectives and related programme of activities will generate transferable outputs (Toolkit, Creative Outputs, Manifesto) with the following short, mid, and long-term impacts: - Benefit to marginal migrant and Moroccan artists by enhancing their access to rights and their social and institutional recognition; - Fostering and enhancement of networks and partnerships in the creative and cultural sector in Morocco; - Shaping institutional policies at national level in Morocco to sustain improvements in other ODA countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Eco-Hammam: Engaging key stakeholders with bespoke low-carbon technologies for lighting, heating and water recycling to sustain a Moroccan heritageUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
This impact and engagement project follows on from developments arising from a previous AHRC funded project (AH/D503019/1) during which all the surviving and still functioning historic public bathhouses of the North African heritage cities of Marrakech, Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, and Cairo were surveyed and documented. One of the key findings of this previous research was that heritage hammams in the Maghreb historic cities continue to be an important living heritage in the 21st Century, providing a much-needed affordable facility for the hygiene and wellbeing of the economically disadvantaged population. However, the hammams are increasingly facing serious challenges that are likely to lead to their closure and disappearance after having been sustained for many centuries. Amongst these challenges are the increased costs of fuel (wood or diesel) and water (Sibley and Sibley 2015). This current proposal is based on new developments that have emerged from the UN climate change conference COP22, held in Marrakech 2016, when Moroccan hammams were presented as major contributors to air pollution, deforestation and environmental degradation as well as to high water consumption and water wastage. It was estimated at COP22 that Morocco has at least 12,000 hammams, operating with wood burning vernacular furnaces. The main aim of this project is to facilitate the acceleration of ecological transitions processes in Moroccan hammams (both heritage and newly built ones). This will be achieved through the establishment of regional key stakeholders' networks in each of Rabat, Fez and Marrakech in order to creatively engage them to communicate and co-produce integrated strategies for multi-sectorial coordinated actions for energy transition, enhanced indoor conditions for improved hammam workers and users health and safety and well-being and responsible water consumption and recycling. Four objectives are set as follows: 1. Establish, in collaboration with the local project partners, a data base of key regional stakeholders and establish social media and web platforms in order to facilitate communication and exchanges between these stakeholders, both pre- and post-regional engagement events, and across regions. 2. Conduct one set of three-day regional public engagement and network facilitation events, involving 120 key regional stakeholders in each of the world heritage cities of Rabat, Fez and Marrakech within three months intervals during the one-year period of the project (see project timetable). These events will be designed and delivered to act as catalysts for self-sustaining coordinated regional processes. Each day of the three-day engagement and impact event will focus on a key area for ecological transition: energy transition; improved indoor conditions; and, responsible water consumption and recycling. The three events will bring together for the first time various hammam stakeholders in each of the three regions to engage them to creatively coproduce practical strategies and establish self-sustaining regional networks that will facilitate energy transitions and accelerate the adoption of hammam ecological practices. 3. Co-produce with the National Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency a toolkit for hammam ecological transition as well as a rating system for the acquisition of the label of Ecological Hammam 4. Co-monitor Hammam stakeholders' social media and web platforms for feedback on events, discussions and follow on initiatives in order to measure the impact of each regional public engagement event soon after its completion and in the duration of the project. Creative engagement will include, the involvement of multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial teams of facilitators who will be working with the participants of regional events to co-produce ecological transition scenarios. These will be based on real case study hammam which will be selected in each of the three cities of Rabat, Fez and Marrakech.
Building an Alternative Distribution Network for Moroccan Cinema: Online Audiences, Festival Networks and Transnational Talent DevelopmentUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1. To locate, secure distribution rights, digitally restore and subtitle three key but largely overlooked films from the history of Moroccan cinema. This would involve working with rights holders and film archives in Morocco, as well as experts in digital restoration and transfer to produce a high-quality, future-proof digital cinema package (DCP) of the films. Copies of the DCPs can then be screened at festivals, viewed online and housed in film archives in Morocco and across the world for researchers and the general public to access. 2. To disseminate digitally these restored films to an international online audience, working with a series of online 'influencers' (filmmakers, critics, film agencies, film schools) to maximise the potential reach of the films to a diverse range of audiences (cinephiles, students, researchers, festival goers, the general public). 3. To curate and deliver a series of screenings of the restored Moroccan films at four festivals in the UK and two in Morocco. In the UK the films will be screened via TANO, the UK network of four African film festivals: Africa in Motion (Glasgow and Edinburgh), Film Africa (London), Afrika Eye (Bristol), and Watch-Africa (Cardiff), during the festival cycle in October and November 2019. In Morocco, the films will be screened at the Tetouan International Film School Film Festival (FIDEC) in November 2019 and the Moroccan National Film Festival, Tangier in March 2020. 4. Alongside the screenings of the films in Edinburgh, to host two European festival programmers and a representative from the Arab Cinema Centre at the Africa in Motion film festival in Scotland. Activities will include a one-day industry workshop and a discussion/Q&A event for the general public following the screening of the three restored Moroccan films. The purpose of this initiative is to promote the visibility of curation and programming of Moroccan cinema on the international film festival circuit. 5. Alongside the screenings at FIDEC in Tetouan, to host two workshops involving project partners at the London Film School and the documentary filmmaking programme at the Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tetouan. The first workshop will assist emerging Moroccan filmmakers to develop their film projects as well as facilitating transnational talent development between tutors and students from film schools in Morocco and the UK. The second will involve a discussion of the three Moroccan films in order to deepen emerging Moroccan filmmakers' understanding of their own film history as a source of inspiration for their own film practice. 6. Alongside the screenings at the National Film festival in Tangiers, to broker a meeting between the Moroccan Film Council (CCM) and the British Film Institute to discuss ways to further and deepen further collaboration between Moroccan filmmakers, UK film festivals and the industry more widely. 7. In collaboration with Professor Catherine Grant (a leading video essay practitioner) to produce a video essay inspired by the three restored Moroccan films.
The Fund will invest in early-stage companies in North Africa and support the development of the venture capital ecosystem, drive long-term job creation and entrepreneurship.
Maghreb Private Equity Fund IV is a North African fund looking to invest in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria. North Africa is home to new entrepreneurs, some of whom have longstanding roots in the region, and others who are returning to take advantage of new opportunities offered by the current regional transition. However, lack of finance has been a barrier to their ability to grow their businesses, particularly internationally. Our investment will support well-established local firms that demonstrate strong potential for growth.
Commitment by CDC to the Ezdehar Egypt Mid-Cap Fund. The fund will focus on supporting entreprise and job creation in a region with high youth unemployment and increased fragility.