If you have said yes to any of these questions, the Switchers Support Programme was designed for you.
The Switchers Support Programme creates an enabling environment for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) pursuing circular economic and sustainable business models in the Mediterranean. The programme is possible through the financial support of the EU-funded SwitchMed Initiative, EU-funded ENI CBC MED Green Impact MED Project, Catalan Waste Agency, MAVA Foundation and the OSCE. Currently, activities benefit the private and public sector actors in eight countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
The Programme provides entrepreneurs, business support organisations and local communities with business development services, networking opportunities and access to finance services.
The Switchers: Mediterranean change-makers and innovators
The Switchers is a community of inspiring green entrepreneurs and changemakers in the Mediterranean region. Switchers are individuals, enterprises or civil society organisations implementing innovative ecological and social solutions that contribute to a switch to sustainable and fair consumption and production models.
They are active in a variety of fields, including organic farming, sustainable tourism, waste management, organic textile, recycling of electronic waste, sustainable building, organic cosmetics production, among others.
Most importantly, the Switchers is a community with a voice and a meeting place for people in the region who are passionate about shaping their environment towards a more sustainable future. For the Switchers, circular economy solutions are at the heart of their business models and also inspire them to seek ways to innovate and achieve even higher levels of environmental sustainability in the design of products and services they provide.
Together, these important economic actors are making significant progress towards one of the region’s key sustainable development objectives: to accelerate the shift to more sustainable modes of consumption and production. In doing so, they are setting a positive example of how economic growth can also lead to protection of the Mediterranean and its precious, limited natural resources.
The SSP’s approach
The Switchers Support Programme works with ideation-, early- and growth-stage entrepreneurs engaged in sustainable products and services as well as with a wide range of partners that affect and influence the world of business, such as policy makers, business intermediaries and impact financing institutions.
The Programme is intended to catalyse green innovation and green employment across sectors, supporting the collective sustainable development effort in the Mediterranean region.
Why is the Programme unique? 10 great facts about the SSP
The Programme is unique in its dedication to providing tangible strategies for entrepreneurs to design, develop and accelerate green and circular business models. This support is delivered through opportunities for networking, business development and access to finance services.
TheSwitchers.org: a single digital gateway to eco-innovation
In alignment with current virtual trends with high internet activities including e-learning opportunities, MedWaves is digitizing all Switchers Support Programme services as a way to increase accessibility through the online platform: www.theswitchers.org
The platform attracts and supports a wider demographic, thereby increasing the reach and participation of beneficiaries, democratising enrolment and reducing overall training costs and risks.
The Programme is possible through the financial support of the European Union, the Mediterranean Trust Fund of UNEP MAP and the Catalan Government . The Switchers Support Programme is active in a number of Mediterranean countries, catering to the needs of the private and public sector actors in Algeria, Albania, Egypt, Israel, Italy Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Spain Tunisia, Turkey.
The Switchers Support Programme is also working in China and Latin America, replicating best practices and successful methodologies.
SSP responds to the “Set of Regional Measures to Support the Development of Green and Circular Businesses” that was approved by Contracting Parties during COP22 in December 2021 (Decision IG.25/18). Additionally, SSP offers support for other regional and global policies, such as: the EU Green Deal External Dimension; the New Agenda for the Mediterranean; the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development; UNEP/MAP – Barcelona Convention Mid-Term Strategy; the UfM’s 2030 GreenerMed Agenda; and the 2030 Agenda and several of its SDGs.