Civil Society in the Arab World: “From the Efforts of Governments to the Mercy of Funding”?


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Civil society institutions appeared in some countries of the Arab world decades ago and with the attacks of September 11, 2001, the size of these institutions increased and their concerns ranged from human rights, culture, education, women’s rights, development and other important areas.

Institutions suffered from a relationship tarnished by apathy and estrangement with their governments not providing them with the required support and adequate funding, which prompted most institutions to resort to external funding, especially European and American, which created another dilemma, according to many researchers and interested people, represented by the funding agencies that control the programs and activities of the institutions. It receives funding, identifying many of the institutions involved in the relationships and formulating foreign funding proposals, without influencing the communities in which the local institutions operate.

Tariq Hamdan hosts a group of researchers and civil society workers to discuss the institutions’ relationship with external funding.

Guests: Dr. Nizam Assaf, director of the Amman Center for Human Rights (Jordan), Rana Najjar, journalist and activist (Lebanon), Yazan Khalili – artist and researcher (Palestine), Feryal Sharaf al-Din – activist for human rights and president of the “Kalam” association (Tunisia), Abd Allah Deif – artist and previous work experience in civil society organizations (Egypt).


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