Regional Forum on Addressing social and economic inequalities: The need for a new development paradigm
The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (ARADO), in cooperation with ESCWA and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, organized an Arab forum (on the 14-15 and 15 of July 2014) to discuss the challenges to the Post-2015 process and the potential obstacles against addressing the social and economic hardships that the region suffers from. The forum brought about policy recommendations for the relevant regional and international processes,namely: The UNCTAD 50th Anniversary, the UN-GA 69th reunion, the Fourth round of the Economic, developmental and Social Summit of the League of Arab States (LAS).
ANND welcomes the EIB's initiative to convey civil society organizations to participate to its transparency policy reform. Even if ANND has not been able to
come in person to the meeting, our members want to give their contributions to enhance the transparency and efficiency of EIB's operations in the MENA region.
The following document summarizes comments made by Arab Civil Society representatives and other relevant experts (ILO, ESCWA) on the SDGs zero draft. The latters were gathered between the 14th and 16th of June 2014 in a regional forum in Beirut, organized by ANND, ARADO, ESCWA with the support of theFord Foundation and the Dag Hammarskjold foundation.
Beirut, June 10th 2014, the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) hosted the EIB vice president, Mr. Philippe de Fontaine Vive along with a team of EIB staff and representatives of the EU delegation to Lebanon. The meeting brought together representatives of Lebanese Civil Society and international organizations working in Lebanon. ANND’s work and monitoring of the EIB’s involvement in the region prompted such a meeting
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.
Arab Watch on Economic and Social Rights
This report was prepared by ANND in cooperation with its member from 10 Arab countries. It is considered a result of the new direction that was followed after the revolution outbreak in the region. It is the first report of the Arab Watch for social and economic rights. This English issue include regional reports through which ANND provide civil society organizations with the resources to develop their direction and negotiate with other stakeholders to adopt appropriate policies