The Program

The Arabic name Ouissal means “bridge” or “connection” and reflects the goal of the German-Arab mentoring program: connecting women entrepreneurs and female executives for a joint learning process and intercultural exchange.

The program was initiated more than ten years ago by the Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Association (EMA e.V.) and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The aim of Ouissal is to promote economic and social participation of women in their home countries and their international networking.

The programme selects around 100 women entrepreneurs from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Germany, who work together in tandems over the course of a year on the implementation of the mentee’s business plan or further business and career development.

The mentor shares her wealth of knowledge and experience with the ambitious mentee. In addition, participation in the German-Arab Women Entrepreneurs Forum in Berlin offers the opportunity to get to know the unique German-Arab women’s network and to meet numerous partner organisations and role models.

The programme is exclusive and there are only a few places available! Nevertheless, it is worthwhile for each and every one of you to apply! Every participant will be invited to various programme events, especially the German-Arab Women Entrepreneurs Forum in Berlin.