Tabadol Program

How can civil society organizations become more sustainable?

The Asfari Foundation and makesense are running the TABADOL program for Civil Society Organizations to develop creative solutions to sustain the transformational change they are leading in their communities (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria).

  • To encourage the use of entrepreneurship and innovation frameworks and tools within civil society organisations
  • To support social entrepreneurs access knowledge, know-how and clients in their quest to develop solutions to social problems
  • To develop solutions that will sustain civil societies’ operations, program and impact. All while being environmentally conscious 

Program’s schedule

  1. April – october

    Fellowship program

  2. May

    Subscription to the Creathon

  3. June 13th

    Creathon (for 2 weeks)

  4. July – October


  5. August

    Opening of the call for application to join the Asfari Foundation network

  6. December

    End of the Tabadol 2022 program  

This program is a
collaboration between

The Asfari Foundation is a grant-making charity focusing its efforts on the Levant and UK. Through its grant-making programmes, the Asfari Foundation invests in, and supports the sustainability of, a resilient and empowered civil society infrastructure and innovative youth, who can collectively lead a transformational positive change in their communities and countries. 

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

The Creativity Development Centre is a social initiative and business support platform educating and empowering youth in various areas, with a focus on orientation programs, business development, and social entrepreneurship skills.

With its network of experienced researchers and academics, Eedama is a consultancy focused on sustainable business planning, business impact, sustainable development, and environmental policies.

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Some definitions

How does the Asfari Foundation define CSOs, Sustainability, Innovation?
Check below our understanding of those terms, which should help you contextualize the TABADOL program.

In our view CSOs are non-State, not-for-profit, voluntary entities formed by people in the social sphere that are separate from the government and businesses. CSOs represent a wide range of interests and ties. They are task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest. They perform a variety of services and humanitarian and developmental functions, bring citizens’ concerns to Governments, monitor policies, encourage political participation, deliver education activities, and run employability programmes. They can include community-based organizations (CBOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and social enterprises (SEs).

Derives from the Latin word innovatus, past participle of innovare, “to make changes; do
something in a new way”. Our perception of innovations involve end users directly in the solution finding and value creation through co-design, co-create, co-market, co-produce, co-fund and co-distribute. While technology is at the core of modern day innovations, it is not a must for an innovation to be created.

Sustainability has many definitions, and it is about both financial resources and impact. We like the definition of Nell Edington: “non-profit sustainability occurs when the organization attracts and effectively uses enough and the right kinds of money necessary to achieve their long-term outcome goals.”

When we say sustainability for the Tabadol programme, it encompasses sustainable operations, sustainable programmes, sustainable impact, and environmental sustainability. To list few examples:

  1. Sustaining operations through resource sharing with our organizations to reduce overhead costs. Or through long term funding. Or through outsourcing the expertise of your team to generate income.
  2. Sustainable programmes through working in collaboration with partners, through income generating activities, through sponsorship from the private sector, or through pro bono services.
  3. Sustaining impact through the utilization of giving it forward schemes or utilization of technology (i.e. platforms, apps) to continuously support people with limited costs.
  4. Environmental sustainability through making your programmes and operations eco friendly, utilizing efficient lighting in the office, reducing use of cars, papers, plastic waste, or using recycled materials.
    For some interesting thoughts we like about sustainability, visit this.