The Mediterranean Lab for Co-production 

of Social Innovation


MEDUP! Project

Background situation

Sustainable growth and employment are common concerns among the  partner countries in the southern Mediterranean region, where 5 million jobs need to be created on a yearly basis to ensure social inclusion.

The largest reservoir of jobs remains within the 6 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that account for 90% of total employment, but still have a minor contributionto sustainable growth.

The creation of more productive and efficient enterprises can fuel economic growth and create demand for skilled labour, generate better-paid jobs and contribute to social stability.

Boosting economic inclusiveness, employability and job creation through  social enterprises, require capable business support institutions, inclusive financing mechanisms, serious engagement of unconventional stakeholders (such as municipalities, private sector businesses and  academia), meaningful collaboration at a national, regional and international levels, in addition to an evidence-based policy, an enabling legal environment, and a transparent and accountable regulatory  mechanisms in favor of social justice and economic development,  adapted to local contexts and conditions.



Promote an enabling environment in the Southern Mediterranean partner countries for the development of the social entrepreneurship sector as a driver for inclusive growth and job creation.

Increase economic inclusiveness and employment in Morocco, Tunisia,  Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine where adequate policies on social entrepreneurship are in place, public-private dialogue and exchanges of  practices are promoted and high quality services for social enterprises are provided.


At Macro Level: Promoting country and cross-country policy and  advocacy initiatives and public-private dialogue to create an enabling regulatory and policy environments.

At Meso Level: Reinforcing 60 social entrepreneurship support  organizations through capacity-building and networking activities.

At Micro Level: Providing financial and technical support to 100 social enterprises.

Main activities

Carry-out national and regional analyses of the main social  entrepreneurship perceptions, actors and priorities including barriers to, and economic impact of, women and youth entering the regional labour force.

Conduct policy and advocacy initiatives on the importance of social  entrepreneurship as a mechanism for inclusive growth and job creation at national and cross-country level.

Enhance public-private debate and stimulate initiatives and policies  supporting social entrepreneurship for women and youth.

Conduct national needs assessment and provide capacity building for  targeted social entrepreneurship support organizations.

Provide technical support to develop innovative products and services targeting social enterprises.

Promote networking activities between social entrepreneurship support  organizations and local financial institutions.

Organize exchange and networking events between public and private key stakeholders and their counterparts in the EU and in the Southern neighbourhood.

Set up sub granting schemes for financial support to selected social  enterprises.

Provide technical assistance services for the development of viable social enterprises.

Collect good practices of promising social enterprises and disseminating  them at national, regional and European level.

Define a strategy for the replication of successful social enterprises.