The Democratic Change in the Arab Region: State Policy and the Dynamics of Civil Society

 

Discussion seminar 2011

 

On April 2-3, 2011, the EMHRF convened a seminar entitled the Democratic Change in the Arab Region: State Policy and the Dynamics of Civil Society.

The seminar brought together more than 60 actors enjoying a high status and playing an important role in the Arab region, including those who have made gains on the ground in the struggle for rights and freedoms, and who seek to innovate with regard to the goals and forms of these interventions.

The seminar was one of the first of its kind to be organized in the wake of the momentous uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. It provided the space for a preliminary exchange and reflection between key academics, civil society actors, donors and government representatives who work in or on the region, and who, particularly, are involved in the promotion of democracy and protection of human rights. The discussions focused on four major axes: the logics of local state actors, of international actors, of civil society and non governmental actors, and of the donor community.

Thanks to its numerous angles of analysis and viewpoints, the report provides a strong base upon which to build policies and strategies to promote and protect democracy and human rights, and is highly relevant to all those involved in the Middle East and North Africa, whether as donors, government representatives, academics or civil society actors.

 

Read the report:

Democratic Change in the Arab Region: State Policy and the Dynamics of Civil Society