The French Embassy and the French Institute of Lebanon with makesense are launching the Omdi أمضي program to support young citizen-based initiatives and startups that are solving a local challenge in Lebanon.

The Omdi 2020 call for application is now closed but stay tuned for our next call for application in the beginning of 2021!

Meet the winners

Precious plastic is trying to make the economy more circular, by collecting plastic waste, sorting it, shredding it, and producing new items made from recycled plastic.

RESECO decided to start with awareness campaigns for source sorting of waste in schools and municipalities. Their main vision is to accelerate the transition of the economy into a circular one. For this reason and for the past year, they have been reaching out for all startups in the field of waste management to collaborate their efforts.

The mission of Green Track is to educate the Lebanese people about sorting at source by raising awareness, collecting and re-sorting of the waste, and selling the collected recyclables to industrial companies who use them as raw material for their operation.

Dawrati is an initiative seeking to fight period poverty in Lebanon throughout monthly menstruation kits all while ending the stigma that surrounds period by conducting awareness sessions to girls who are about to have their period, and introducing sustainable solutions such as the menstrual cup.

Youth Against Corruption is a youth-led initiative contributing to control and prevent corruption in more innovative and efficient ways. Through social innovation and entrepreneurship, YAC wants to inform and inspire youth to have their own opinion, make informed socio-political choices, and move to action through sessions and workshops.

The Gold Clinic is a free-of-charge clinic targeting the underprivileged older adults in Lebanon. The clinic provides completely free of charge medical services including: primary care clinic visits, specilty referrals, medications, laboratory tests, imaging studies and psychological interventions.

Fawra is an independent media organization born during the October Revolution. We create original content that aids people to better understand their environment and empower them enough to take a stance or make a change.

Sharing Municipalities provides a holistic approach to SWM based on circular economy principles to create a value chain for waste, thus turning it from a burden to resource.
It is a long-term customized design solution for municipalities/clusters of municipalities.

A polyurethane filters doped with activated carbon based on banana stems to treating the water pollution and seawater desalination. A successful, patented, project that eliminates pollution and reduces waste of water resources.

production of a bio-fuel to be used as a green energy resource by benefiting from the biomass composition of olive mill wastes.

West Bekaa – Zero Plastic is a project aiming to reduce plastic waste in landfills by collecting the plastics from farmers, households, industries,etc. treating and shredding it to eventually manufacture new recycled plastic crates used by farmers to put fruits and vegetables.

Following the blooming of many youth-led impactful initiatives during the Thawra, this program has been developed to provide technical, financial and community support to the many initiatives that aim to build a more inclusive and sustainable society in Lebanon. Example of thematics: environnement, gender equality, employability, arts and culture, food safety, etc.

Who can apply? Choose your category


• Your initiative has a positive social/environmental impact

• Your initiative is supported by or in collaboration with a municipality or town (not mandatory, but definitely a ‘’plus’’)

• Your initiative is not necessarily for profit or does not generate revenues yet


• Your project / startup has been on the market for more than a year

• You have an MVP and generate some revenues

• Your project / startup / social innovation has a positive social / environmental impact

• Your initiative is supported by or in collaboration with a municipality (not mandatory, but definitely a ‘’plus’’)

Is this program for me?

Do you want to make a positive impact on the society, join a community of like-minded social innovators? You think out of the box, you place collective intelligence above personal performance, and you seek for some financial support to develop your startup/project?
This program is made for you!

Planning and program for the Emergence applicants

Planning and program for the Evolution applicants

Any questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact Lea Karam
Program manager for social entrepreneurs

The cooperation & cultural action department of the French Embassy and the French Institute of Lebanon drive various bilateral cooperation programs between France and Lebanon (education, research, culture, governance…). They endorse civil society initiatives thanks to various grants, programs, and experts. This two-year project falls within the framework of the Solidarity Fund for social innovations from the civil society and youth in Lebanon.

makesense designs impact programs and spark collaborations between engaged citizens, social entrepreneurs and forward-thinking organisations to collectively tackle the social and environmental issues of today.

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