Study Week on macro-economic, trade and investment policies
From 29 September to 3 October 2014, ten participants from the Arab region participated in the Study Week organized by the Arab NGO Network for Development in cooperation with South Center and Third World Network at South Center premises in Geneva.
Joint Civil Society Letter to the Human Rights Council with regard to resolution on civil society space
Over 40 civil society organizations urge States to oppose proposed amendments that would weaken draft Human Rights Council resolution on civil society space. This draft resolution builds upon the agreed language of Council Resolution 24/21 and the report of OHCHR on the Council’s panel discussion on civil society space (A/HRC/27/33), identifying the key elements required to ensure that civil society can exercise its critical role in strengthening democracy, providing essential services, and promoting human rights.
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.
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.
Arab uprisings and Social Justice, implications of IMF subsidy reform policies
This paper traces the evolution of IMF recommendations on fuel and food subsidies from the onset of the global financial crisis (2007-2008) through the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings. During this period, the IMF has intensified its calls for the reduction of food and, in particular, fuel subsidies in the MENA. In addition to conducting a comprehensive review of IMF staff reports from 2007 to 2013, the authors of this paper interviewed representatives of over 11 development and human rights-focused organizations based in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, and Yemen.4 By consulting civil society perspectives, this paper seeks to highlight the concerns of societies in the Arab region over the socio-economic consequences of IMF-backed subsidy reforms.
FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION IN ARAB COUNTRIES: A TOOLKIT
The aim of this publication is to contribute to the important debates and adoption of strategies on freedom of association, including in its connection with other rights like freedom of peaceful assembly, opinion, and expression. This document is meant to be a Toolkit for advocacy. It is not a comprehensive review of the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa. The document is issued as part of the “Arab Freedom of Association Network” project jointly administered by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND). It therefore uses examples mainly from the countries that this project focuses on, namely Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Yemen. Examples from other Arab countries are sometimes used. This document is structured to define the international standards first, then describe the current problems in the region, and end with suggestions to overcome these issues through campaigning strategies.