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National Forum: «Institutionalizing the relationship between the Civil Society and Public Institutions”


Association ADO+, the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) the National Council for Voluntary Organizations (NCVO) and CIVICUS are organizing a National Forum entitled "institutionalization of the relationship between civil and state institutions of society" to be held on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in the Science City, Khwarizmi Hall, Tunisia. This meeting comes in the context of the path "campaign advocating to institutionalize the relationship between civil and state institutions of society" and aims to "discuss the future steps including the development of a compact that aims at enhancing the role of the civil society as an active partner in the management of public affairs."


ANND welcomes Economic and Social Rights (Sudan)
ANND welcomes Abdel Karim Mirghani Cultural Center (Sudan)
ANND welcomes Sudanese Development Call Organization (NIDAA) (Sudan)
ANND Welcomes The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (Egypt)
ANND welcomes Nahwa Al-Muwataniya (Lebanon)
ANND Welcomes Association of Lawyers for Human Rights (Jordan)
ANND welcomes The Mauritanian Network for Social Action (Mauritania)




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In view of its commitment to developing an alternative future under the benchmark of respect for human rights – social, economic and environmental; democracy; peaceful relations and equality as well as solidarity among people, ethnicities and genders, the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) is set to participate in the World Social Forum (WSF) that is scheduled to take place in Tunis on March 24-28, 2015.

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National Forum: «Institutionalizing the relationship between the Civil Society and Public Institutions” Tunis, 22 March 2015

Association ADO+, the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) the National Council for Voluntary Organizations (NCVO) and CIVICUS are organizing a National Forum entitled "institutionalization of the relationship between civil and state institutions of society" to be held on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in the Science City, Khwarizmi Hall, Tunisia. This meeting comes in the context of the path "campaign advocating to institutionalize the relationship between civil and state institutions of society" and aims to "discuss the future steps including the development of a compact that aims at enhancing the role of the civil society as an active partner in the management of public affairs."

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This paper is one in a series of papers published by the Arab NGO Network for development (ANND) as part of its work on monitoring IFIs’ policies in the Arab region. This work falls within ANND’s aims of strengthening the analysis and research on public policies in the Arab region, in addition to supporting the process of building a strong role for civil society in developing alternatives, specifically on the economic and social fronts, based on choices that are rooted in the local and national priorities and needs.

Enabling Environment National Assessment - Case of Lebanon

The report offers a thorough examination of the legal, regulatory, and policy environment in which Civil Society Organizations operate in Lebanon. It underlines the progress made and most importantly the weaknesses and obstacles still facing civil society’s work today in 9 main dimensions. The study was carried out by ANND in partnership with CIVICUS, ICNL, article 19 and the World Movement for Democracy with the support of the Government of Sweden.

Guidebook to the European Neighbourhood instrument and the international Financial Institutions

This guidebook will be beneficial for civil society organisations, human rights defenders and local activists monitoring the impacts of the European Neighbourhood Policy, both in the social and economic contexts as well as including its financial instruments. While the type of organisations may vary from country to country, the document will be of particular importance to organisations engaged in monitoring and advocacy on the issues of development and human rights.

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IMFs Trade and Investment related advice to Arab countries: Trends and implications

This paper is one in a series of papers published by the Arab NGO Network for development (ANND) as part of its work on monitoring IFIs’ policies in the Arab region.This work falls within ANND’s aims of strengthening the analysis and research on public policies in the Arab region, in addition to supporting the process of building a strong role for civil society in developing alternatives, specifically on the economic and social fronts, based on choices that are rooted in the local and national priorities and needs.  The following paper focuses on the IMF’s structural policy advice to Arab countries, which is one dimension of the policy advice presented to governments in the region along macroeconomic policy advice. The paper and the figures it presents focus on trends in middle-income non-oil exporting counties. The paper gives an overview of the challenges of production, wages, poverty, and inequalities in the Arab region. It reviews the narrative of the IMF post the revolutions in the Arab countries and discusses the IMF’s role in the area of trade and investment policies.

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