Networks

We deliver our mission through a unique approach that combines generating ideas with mobilizing key actors (researchers, academia, civil society and private sector) in the Euro-Mediterranean region through coordination of a range of regional networks.


EuroMeSCo

EuroMeSCo has become a benchmark for policy-oriented research on issues related to Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, in particular economic development, security and migration. With 104 affiliated think tanks and institutions and about 500 experts from 29 different countries, the network has developed impactful tools for the benefit of its members and a larger community of stakeholders in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Through a wide range of publications, surveys, events, training activities, audio-visual materials and a strong footprint on social media, the network reaches thousands of experts, think tankers, researchers, policy-makers and civil society and business stakeholders every year. While doing so, EuroMeSCo is strongly engaged in streamlining genuine joint research involving both European and Southern Mediterranean experts, encouraging exchanges between them and ultimately promoting Euro-Mediterranean integration. All the activities share an overall commitment to fostering youth participation and ensuring gender equality in the Euro-Mediterranean experts’ community.

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The Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation

The Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation (EMWF) fosters the exchange of gender-related knowledge and good practices. With over 500 members from 35 different countries, the IEMed is its founder member and secretariat, and has been its headquarters since its creation in 2014.

This network provides access to a trilingual online platform ‒ English, French and Arabic ‒ featuring information on local and regional initiatives on gender-related issues. Moreover, it includes a free-access Documentation Centre with its own and external publications, the result of participatory research, offering an insight into the complexity of gender equality in the Mediterranean. It also develops actions on the ground through local initiatives that seek to have an effect at social and political levels.

All the actions carried out by the Foundation contribute to enriching the debate on gender equality and transforming the Euro-Mediterranean region into a space of full participation of women in the social, economic and political fields.

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Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation

ReFAL is the largest Euro-Mediterranean network of civil society organizations with a focus on intercultural dialogue. Its aim is the social transformation and construction of more innovative, democratic and sustainable Euro-Mediterranean societies.

With 160 organisations in Spain and over 4,200 throughout the Euromed area, they share synergies based on a cross-cutting intercultural perspective in all their activities with the common objective of showcasing the richness of cultural diversity. Among the different civil society actors, youths play a key role in the debate towards a change in narratives. The mobility and intercultural learning programmes are examples of the shared spaces in which the heterogeneity of the members offers a great value added.

Through its commitment of over 15 years to intercultural dialogue and respect for differences, ReFal contributes to improving social cohesion and creating more inclusive and resilient Mediterranean societies.

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MedThink 5+5

The MedThink 5+5 is a network of think tanks that encourages dialogue and research to promote regional integration in the Western Mediterranean, as a part of a wider Euro-Mediterranean region.

The network emerged in 2016 on the initiative of the IEMed in coordination with think tanks and public diplomacy institutions, building on a mandate from the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the 5+5 Dialogue in 2012. This unique platform, composed of more than 30 institutions from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia, contributes to dialogue, exchange and joint research on crucial sub-regional areas of cooperation.

Working to strengthen the Western Mediterranean Dialogue, the MedThink 5+5 offers the unparalleled possibility of increasing ownership of policy-making processes. It allows research institutions to transfer their messages to decision- and policy-makers, while improving understanding of key challenges, needs and trends that have an impact on sub-regional cooperation.

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MED Confederation

The MED Confederation is an alliance of Euro-Mediterranean institutions that promotes an inclusive socioeconomic development in the Mediterranean region. By establishing dynamic dialogue, partnerships and synergies between corporate, civil society, and think tank organisations, the MED Confederation enhances awareness, best practices, innovative initiatives and solutions to address key challenges of the Euro-Mediterranean socioeconomic agenda.

This platform is open to any enterprise and organisation sharing the MED Confederation’s motto “Grow together, grow better”. The alliance offers a unique framework facilitating contacts, collaboration, synergies and joint projects under a single umbrella for the progress and benefit of Euro-Mediterranean societies.


Euro-Mediterranean Guarantee Network

Alleviating constraints for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to access finance is crucial to achieve a financial development that is inclusive and contributes to economic growth and job creation in Southern Mediterranean countries.

Building on EU institutional frameworks and policies, the Euro-Mediterranean Guarantee Network (EMGN) was set up in 2019 to respond to this objective: facilitating access to finance for MSMEs through credit guarantees.

Promoted by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and with the support of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GiZ), the network brings together credit guarantee schemes (CGS) from both shores of the Mediterranean around the objectives of creating and disseminating knowledge on CGS, supporting their development in SEM countries, and increasing cooperation between its members, the EU and international financial institutions.

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