Young Leader Lab for Tunisian Non-Metropolitan NGOs

  • TunisiaCountry
  • The United Nation Democracy Found (UNDEF)Donor
  • ENGLanguage
  • social involvementembracing community NGOscapacity buildingTopics

The Applicant/ Leader (in English)


Applicant's legal status & registration data

Civil Society or Non-Governmental Organisation

founded 2008, 

Background of the applicant

Enactus Tunisia, founded 2008, provides a platform for students from approx. 30 Tunisian univers. to collaborate with business & academic leaders in the develop. of entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves & their communities. The quality/impact of the students' projects are evaluated by leading executives through a series of regional, national & global competitions. Examples of projects incl. imparting business knowledge for struggling weavers to help them find success or promoting products of local artisans.

Operational Budget $100,000 - $250,000

Affiliation - ENACTUS Tunisia is a member of a network of peer ENACTUS organisations in 36 other countries.

Applicant's email & phone

+ 216 71 862 355

Contact Person for this Project

Khaoula Boussama


+ 216 71 862 355

Partners & co-applicants involved

Press Club Polska (Poland)
Enactus Polska (Poland)
Enactus Egypt
Enactus Morocco
South Moravia Development Association, CZ
Municipality of Kairouan

Project Summary

The project increases project-related & managerial competencies of Tunisian local NGOs, thus unlocking their potential, strengthening civic society and increasing involvement of youth in actions for the sake of their communities. As part of the project, the Centre of Local NGO Support will be set up which will run the Young Leader Lab for young people from local CSOs who will be individually assisted by tutors in writing their own applications for projects addressing real local problems.

Background Outline & Justification

NGOs in Tunisia, although booming in numbers after 2011, are mostly weak as regards their management & finances, alienated and overlooking real local needs. There is a strong regional disparity between the Great Tunis, where CSOs are characterized by high performance, and other regions of the country (FFF). While metropolitan NGOs are rigid, client-oriented, subcontracting and adopt an outreach approach (not being change-oriented), the latter group faces serious capacity problems. The financial deficit, a direct result of lack of skills at writing good proposals or, in broader terms, managing projects, affects the CSOs’ stability and narrows the scope of their activities as well as contributes to poor networking with other CSOs. Besides, NGOs tend to neglect evaluation and monitoring of their projects, often losing contact with target beneficiaries (FFF). This leads to projects which fail to satisfy the real existing needs of local communities.

Project location

Tunisia: whole country, The Centre and events in Kairouan, Sahel, Central Tunisia; The target areas: non-metropolitan Tunisia; Study to Poland and Czech Republic: Nova Sol, Lubuskie/SW Poland and Southern Moravia, CZ ;

Amount Requested, state the currency

$ 139,200

Overall objective or goal

To support the development of civic society in non-metropolitan areas of Tunisia by strengthening the potential of local NGOs as regards fundraising skills, project management, staff qualifications and networking with other NGOs.

Target groups & final beneficiaries:

Youth groups

Description of the activities

Design of the project website to post project materials and info about current grants opportunities
Creation of the e-learning platform (for online tutoring/Young Leader Lab)
The fitting out of the Centre in Kairouan with indispensable equipment (1 computer +multifunctional machine+ router + VOIP)
Project promotion (FB and local media) and recruitment among the local network
Elaboration of the dictionary and supportive e-tool in ENG/ARB language/terms (available on the e-learning platform)
2 cycles of the Lab: 2 sessions each + 2 e-learning phases after each session –
SESSIONS: presentations & practical workshops: I – identif. of local social needs, project language, specific application requirements, social involvement idea ; II –Application forms, budget, letters of intent
E-LEARNING: I - research and local needs analysis; II - project proposal creation (on-line consult.)
Study tour to PL/CZ: the best EU practices
Conference diss. project results with part. of business

Outputs or immediate project products or results:

Outputs for Outcome 1 - Initiation of the Young Leader Lab with 12 participants (< 35 years, representing local CSOs) in each of 2 cycles of workshops/trainings/consultations (in total 24 participants; risk involved: at least 18 proposals ready, prepared under individual supervision); 

Study tour to PL and CZ for the best (at least 10) best Lab graduates - experience and local/rural/non-metropolitan dev. know-how derived from Polish and Czech best practices;
Launch of the e-learning platform (effectiveness & flexibility/women);
Information about granting opportunities on the project website;

Outputs for Outcome 2 - Establishment of the Centre of Local NGO Support in Kairouan as an institution of subject-matter aid for other NGOs (led by the Lab graduates – ToT model)

The fitting it out with necessary equipment (seat, office equipment, internet, computers) – made available to NGOs
Facilitation of building contact networks with other NGOs & foreign partners: 1 leader of local Egypt NGO and 1 leader of Morocco local NGO to take part in all activities: recruited jointly with local partners; Eyeing joint regional MENA projects;

Outputs for Outcome 3 - At least 18 applications created within the Lab directly addressing real local problems, based on in-depth needs analysis;

Outcomes or long-term results of the project:

Outcome 1 - Young leaders and employees of local CSOs gain knowledge & skills of looking for funding opportunities & writing successful project proposals

Outcome 2 - Institutional strengthening of local Tunisian NGOs and CSOs and their networking within MENA

Outcoe 3 - Social capital and trust increases by support for tangible socially valuable initiatives

Project sustainability

Guaranteed by: Centre& FA graduates, required to support it(ToT). Other funds (APPF, NED, EED, LCF, FSP, Europeaid,Transf. Partners. by IFA, Canada Fund for Local Init., U.S.-Mid. East Part. Init., MENA, FFF) will also be sought to expand the Centre’s activity (private-public micro-grants)

Cross-cutting issues & project & added-value & gender & environmental & PWDs & innovation employed

Gender considerations are taken into account in the project design - An equal number of male and female participants of the Young Leader Lab will be ensured. Part of the curriculum will be in the e-learning formula, thus making it more flexible/accessible for women with small children.

Addressing the needs of marginalized or vulnerable groups is a key objective of the project - Firstly, young leaders of local non-metropolitan CSOs are a target group of the Young Leader Lab, thanks to which they will acquire new practical skills and unique knowledge making them competitive on the labour market. Secondly, the project concerns NGOs/CSOs far from big cities and thus often neglected, strengthens their capacity and makes them more responsive to the needs of local people, not recognized by large NGOs from urban centers.

Project monitoring & evaluation

Evaluation will be based on questionnaires filled in after each stage; attendance lists; Internet statistics/ref. in social media; project materials. Upon the project's completion a final evaluation report will be drafted which will assess project implement., its effectiveness & usefulness, participants’ involvement & the subject-matter, organisational and financial sides of the project. The report will determine further cooperation & factors contributing to the project's sustainability.


Activity 1

Design of the project website

Activity 2

Creation of the e-learning platform and materials

Activity 1 - Amount in US$

$ 10,000

Activity 2 - Amount in US$

$ 12,000

Activity 3

Equipment for the Centre

Activity 4

Project promotion through FB and local media + recruitment

Activity 3 - Amount in US$

$ 1,200

Activity 4 - Amount in US$

$ 6,000

Activity 5

Elaboration of the dictionary of project English/Arabic language/terms

Activity 6

4 sessions of trainings within the Project Insubator

Activity 5 - Amount in US$

$ 8,000

Activity 6 - Amount in US$

$ 28,000

Activity 7

4 e-learning phases within the Project Incubator

Activity 8

Study tour to PL/CZ

Activity 7 - Amount in US$

$ 22,000

Activity 8 - Amount in US$

$ 28,000

Activity 9

Conference disseminating project results

Activity 10

Project Management, Accountancy, Audit, evaluation

Activity 9 - Amount in US$

$ 16,000

Activity 10 - Amount in US$

$ 8,000

Total Project Costs (TPC)

$ 139,200.00

Project Budget by Item

Professional project personnel, administrative personnel and all other staff costs for general project management

Salaries - Amount in US$

$ 10,000

Transportation and per diem (meals and accommodation) for project management team and participants traveling to activities (e.g. workshops or training sessions).

Travel - Amount in US$

$ 23,000

Commercial/consultancy services, translation, providers, etc.

Contractual services/consultants - Amount in US$

$ 10,000

Rental of premises, refreshments, banners, public address systems, interpretation, travel, hotels and meals, resources

Workshops, Meetings, and Seminars - Amount US$

$ 44,000

IT equipment, project support equipment (e.g. TV, radio equipment, printer)

Project Equipment/Hardware - Amount in US$

$ 1,200

Publications, pamphlets, brochures, print media, websites, broadcasts

Outreach - Amount in US$

$ 16,000

Fellowships, Grants,Study tours & others

$ 28,000

Stationery, communications, postage, insurance, maintenance, utilities

Miscellaneous - Amount in US$

$ 2,000

Certification of reports on the use of funds by an independent auditor/accountant

Audit - Amount in US$

$ 5,000

Total Project Costs (TPC)

$ 139,200.00