In this section you will find a brief and graphical description of each type of output to be produced by the SAHWA Project, such as Shababpedia, Youth Survey, SAHWA Community and more others.
The SAHWA Youth Survey is a major output of the SAHWA Project and is an essential tool for research support. In the second year of the project, using the dataset collected from the fieldwork in local contexts, this survey will be carried amongst 10,000 young people in Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia, using a common questionnaire that will try to cover all the aspects of the SAHWA Project: education, employment and inclusion, political participation and mobilisation, values and culture, gender roles and perspectives, migration and international mobility. The SAHWA Youth Survey will therefore provide a significant amount of comparative data that will then be further used through the subsequent phases of the project.
Life stories and Documentary
Life Stories and the documentary will be produced similarly to the SAHWA Youth Survey, in order to provide a complete mosaic of youth’s diversity in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries.
Firstly, in order to have an accurate reflection of the great diversity of situations and needs among young people in the SEM countries, a set of youth’s life stories will be produced. To complete research on youth in these countries, this practical and interactive approach will be implemented through the compilation of youth’s narratives that cover the wide range of issues in the SAHWA Project. In each SEM country, one boy and one girl will share their living situations, ways of life, and views on the young generation before, during and after the Arab Spring.
Based upon the collected life stories, a documentary film will attempt to present narratives about the new generation. The two goals of the documentary are to give a voice to the young generation in Arab Mediterranean countries, and to translate the results of the fieldwork carried out in the five southern and eastern Mediterranean countries into images. In other words, the documentary will shed light on self-representations, the everyday life of youth, and their expectations in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring. Furthermore, the documentary will deal with the three main research themes the SAHWA Project explores: opportunities (education and employment), empowerment (civic and political participation), and cultures (values and lifestyles). Additionally, gender and mobility will be taken into account in order to provide a complete mosaic of the diversity of young people in the region.
Cartography of Change
The Cartography of Change is an open-web based tool that will be developed to help to map both quantitative and qualitative data produced by the project so far.
As the project generates data (a series of 24 youth indicators among others), cartography will georeference and map social, political and cultural change in the region. The Cartography of Change consists of a free access Web GIS (Geographic Information Systems Resource) that displays the aforementioned indicators in many ways. This technology offers the opportunity not only to visualise change in these countries but also to figure out the dynamics and reasons for change.
A quick description of the Cartography of Change is available here. <video by Carme Bellet>
Shababpedia consists in a netnography (or “online ethnography”) dedicated to the exploration of the virtual communities and cultures. As a wiki web application that allows Arab Mediterranean youth to share their views on their experiences, situations and expectations, the Shababpedia aims to be a free-content virtual encyclopedia made and regularly contributed to by young people coming from the aforementioned countries.
Apart from providing a large amount of information about young people from the SEM countries, the Shababpedia will encourage young people to contribute cultural productions of all kinds (videos, audios, poetry, essays, photos, web-art, etc.), working therefore as a virtual platform of exchange that mobilises young people to express themselves and share their knowledge and creativity.
The SAHWA Community will work concurrently with Shababpedia, and is designed as a virtual network that brings together a wide range of stakeholders (researchers, policy-makers, journalists, and young activists among others). This network, backed by an Internet site, will work as a virtual discussion forum to debate issues related to the SAHWA different outputs (Scientific Papers, Policy briefs for instance) that benefits from stakeholders’ feedback. The stakeholders’ feedback comes from a variety of backgrounds and countries, thus providing detailed and highly relevant feedback that will be used to improve SAHWA content to appeal to targeted audiences.
In addition to making the SAHWA Project inputs available and encouraging their dissemination, the SAHWA team and partners will promote their expertise on Arab Mediterranean youth through scenario building sessions, during which they will share their insights into the possible future socio-economic and political trends in the region and formulate policy recommendations. In each SEM country, meetings with groups of high-level experts will be held to discuss possible scenarios in the region and to find answers to the challenges young people have to address in terms of opportunities and empowerment. These sessions will come up with an analysis of alternative scenarios and their policy implications.
Handbook for practitioners
Within the goal of creating prospects for youth opportunities and empowerment, the SAHWA Project will benefit from the expertise of institutions, networks and individuals dealing with business and education sectors to connect with a wide range of actors involved in this field. Handbooks for practitioners that deal with education, training, entrepreneurship and innovation, will be released to translate the research results into tools for business and entrepreneurship, education, and training sectors. These handbooks will be released concurrently with policy briefs. Furthermore, public events will be organised to present and highlight the findings of the SAHWA Project in these fields so that the research outcomes can be disseminated at the national and European Union levels.
A significant amount of scientific papers dealing will different fields of studies covered by the SAHWA Project (youth opportunities, youth empowerment, gender equality and migrations) will be made available during both the first and second phases of the project.
Policy Briefs & Dissemination Events
Different events, public and closed-door, will be held throughout the implementation of the SAHWA Project so as to disseminate the results. Alongside the Project Consortium meetings, public conferences will be held in Barcelona, Rabat, Tunis, Cairo and Beirut in order to reach a wide audience and to introduce the SAHWA Project and outputs to them. As for the targeted audiences, two policy-briefs will be held in Brussels; one at the end of the first period, and one at the end of the project. The objective is to provide useful information and advice for high-level policy-makers dealing with youth in their regions. Finally, two targeted events will be held in Marseilles and Cairo to share the SAHWA Outputs with civil society and business and education actors.