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Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) Youth Forum Contest 2020 – Ideas and Projects at Work

Applications are open for the Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) Youth Forum Contest 2020. The purpose of the contest is to give a selected number of young Mediterranean people the chance to present innovative ideas and projects to a high-level audience in order to promote their work and enhance their visibility.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to present projects that could facilitate dialogue and foster development and cooperation in the broader Mediterranean region. With this in mind, this year’s Youth Forum Contest will promote young leaders whose ideas and projects focus on finding innovative and creative responses to the current pandemic crisis in the MENA region and on supporting post-pandemic recovery.

How the Competition Works

In 2020, the world has come together to face the global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, the Mediterranean region is not exempted from action. With its long history as a creative and pioneering hub, the Mediterranean could well reaffirm its role as a region capable of innovation and inclusiveness. The 2020 MED Youth Forum Contest is therefore looking for proposals that offer innovative solutions to help manage the crisis and to support post-pandemic recovery. In line with the purpose of the contest, all the projects presented should cover topics related to one of the following two areas:

  1. Culture and Civil society:
    1. Culture and Education: Inclusive and Equitable Education; the Promotion of Remote Learning; Innovation in Museums and Art Exhibitions; Future Art Ecosystems; the Promotion of Tourism and the Recovery of the Tourism Industry.
    2. Civil society: Social Protection; Gender Equality; the Prevention of Domestic Violence.
    3. Health: Immunisation; Prevention and Control; Healthcare Recovery; Mental Health Recovery; Technologies, Biotechnologies and Medical Equipment.
  2. Business and New Economic Models:
    1. Employment and Business: Remote Working and Digital Business Transformation; Reorganization of the Workforce; Reshaping the Customer Experience; Youth and Gender Employment; Work-Life Balance; Financial Inclusion; Poverty Reduction.
    2. Food and Water Security: Food Logistics and Distribution; the Recovery of Small-Medium Food Production; Agri-Tech Innovation; Social and Economic Access to Food and/or Water.
    3. Urban Innovation: Rethinking Public and Private Spaces; Travel, Logistics & Transport Infrastructure; Returning to the Workplace; Rethinking Urban Regeneration; Safe and Sustainable Urban Mobility.

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About Mediterranean Dialogues (MED)

MED – MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES is the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) in Rome with the aim to rethink traditional approaches to the area complementing analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draft a new “positive agenda”,  addressing shared challenges at both the regional and the international level. Launched in 2015, MED has quickly become the global hub for high–level dialogues on ... read more


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MED Youth Forum Contest


Aim and Benefits of MED Youth Forum Contest

  1. The two winners will be awarded a prize of € 2,500 to develop their projects further.
  2. In addition to greater visibility and the said monetary reward, participants will also have full access to the MED2020 conference to explore business opportunities and to connect with experts, investors, venture capitalists, and fellow entrepreneurs.
  3. They will also be given an opportunity to present the development of their projects to a dedicated panel at MED2021 Mediterranean Dialogues next year.

Requirements for MED Youth Forum Contest Qualification

  1. Open to high-potential candidates aged under 35, from Africa[1] and the Middle East;
  2. Applicants must have an excellent command of English (the event’s working language) and a keen interest in Mediterranean cooperation.
  3. To ensure a fairer and more inclusive procedure, candidates from Mediterranean Europe may apply if their projects are run in partnership with institutions and or individuals based in the Middle Eastern or African countries listed.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for MED Youth Forum Contest

Applications shall be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Pertinence and Quality of the Contribution: Is the contribution pertinent to the MED Youth Forum Contest’s requirements? Is the motivation relevant to the requirements of the application?
  2. Impact on Beneficiaries: To what extent does the project contribute to the development of a community or the region? To what extent does the project meet stakeholder needs?
  3. Project Feasibility and Completeness: To what extent is the project feasible? What obstacles could prevent its implementation?
  4. Creativity – Innovative Project Content: A qualitative evaluation of the originality of the project. The project’s main objectives and the development and implementation of the concept will be assessed.
  5. Relevance to the MENA Region: Could the project be implemented in one or more countries of the MENA region? To what extent does the project contribute to creating and strengthening dialogue in the region? To what extent does the project contribute to the development and prosperity of the MENA region? To what extent could the project affect/influence today’s market?
  6. Future Vision and Prospects: Does the project address just one specific need, or does it present a broader vision of potential future developments in a country or in the region?
  7. Potential Project Development: If its context is currently limited in scope, could the project significantly expand and develop in future?

Application Deadline

October 30, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) on med.ispionline.it to apply

Applications must be made using the online form. All applicants should include the following information:

  1. A short letter of motivation (explaining why they wish to participate in the MED2020 Youth Forum Contest, no longer than 200 words, in pdf format)
  2. A complete description of their project (using the attached PowerPoint format).
  3. An updated CV (in pdf format).

For more details, visit MED website



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