What We Do
Economic and Social Development
  • Economic and Social Development

<p>ANND adopts a rights-based approach to advocate for more sound and effective socio-economic reforms in the region. Within this context, ANND's engagements aim at enhancing the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in monitoring and evaluating rights conditions, and related public policy making at the national regional and global levels.</p> <p> </p>

All Releated Sub-Programs
  • SOLiD-South Mediterranean Social Dialogue

    SOLiD-South Mediterranean Social Dialogue is a pilot project for the promotion of social dialogue in the Southern Mediterranean Neighborhood. It is a three years programme (2016-2018), financed by the European Union. SOLiD brings together regional and international representatives of social partners as well as a number of relevant partners from the EU.

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  • Universal Periodic Review

    Perceived as a tool for continuous monitoring and advocacy on human rights and rights-based policy changes, ANND engages in the process focusing on economic and social rights conditions and highlighting root causes of violations; fostering coalition-building and networking among civil society groups. 

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  • Tax Justice

    Tax Justice is a track that ANND works on with national and international partners with the aim of raising awareness on, and supporting movement around, fair and progressive tax policies in the Middle East and North ِAfrica. 

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All Releated Events
  • Round Table on Human Rights and Decent Work for Migrants, Refugees, and Local Workers in Lebanon: The Role of Business


    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and the Arab NGO Network for Development are organising a half-day roundtable on the theme of ‘Human Rights and Decent Work for Migrants, Refugees, and Local Workers in Lebanon: the Role of Business’ on December 6, in Beirut, Lebanon, with participant of civil society actors, trade unions, representatives from business and investor communities, Lebanese government, international organisations and journalists.

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  • Workshop on taxation in Lebanon from a gender perspective


    On Thursday, 9 November 2017, the Arab NGO Network for Development organized a workshop on taxation in Lebanon from a gender perspective, at the Riviera Hotel, Beirut. The workshop is in the framework of ANND’s work on economic and social rights in Lebanon and the Arab region and on international human rights mechanisms, including the Universal Periodic Review and efforts to push forward the sustainable development agenda, especially the fifth goal on gender equality.

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  • Expert Group Meeting on Tax Justice in the Arab Region


    On 24 and 25 August 2017 in Amman, ANND is holding an Expert Group Meeting on Tax Justice in the Arab Region, in cooperation with the Jordanian Women’s Union and Phenix Center for Economics and Informatics Studies, and with the support of Christian Aid.

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All Releated Book
  • Arab Watch Report on Informal Employment


    The Arab NGO Network for Development, in cooperation with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, will be holding a workshop to launch the latest report from the Economic and Social Watch in the Arab Countries on Informal Labor. The event will be held at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut on Monday 8 May 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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  • Universal Periodic Review - Lebanon 2015


    The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a UN human rights monitoring mechanism  which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. This joint publication that brings together civil society submissions presented to the OHCHR concerning Lebanon was launched in a press conference organized by ANND on July 23rd in the Press Club in Beirut.

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  • Social Protection in the Arab World: the Crisis of the State Exposed


    This report could be quoted and referenced, as it is possible to reproduce the containing information with a reference to ANND as a work source. This report is published with a support of the Ford organization, DIAKONIA and OSF. The content of this report does not necessarily express the point of view of any mentioned organization.  

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All Releated Statements
  • ANND’s Statement on the Occasion of World Food Day


    Yesterday was World Food Day. This year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will focus on the nexus between food security, rural development, and migration. FAO stresses the fact that, since World War II, millions of people have been forced to flee their homes and that we have become in dire need to create conditions that allow rural people, especially the youth, to stay at home while feeling safe and enjoying more resilient livelihoods.

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  • Reflections on the 2017 HLPF and the Ministerial Declaration


    Following 8 days involving 43 Voluntary National reviews (VNR) and 147 side events with 77 ministry-level participations and 2458 registered stakeholder representatives, the statistical outlook of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals is quite promising. It is only the second review and just two years after the kick-off for the implementation of a universal agenda towards leaving no-one behind. Yet, time is marching on and there is a long way to go on the level of implementation.

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  • ورقة موقف تحضيراً للمؤتمر الوزاري حول \"دعم مستقبل سوريا والمنطقة\"


    انطلاقاً من عددٍ من الدراسات ولقاءات المناصرة عن الوضع في سوريا والدول المجاورة، الناجم عن الصراع والأزمات الإنسانية الحادة، تدعو منظمات المجتمع المدني المذكورة أعلاه إلى أن يضع المؤتمر الوزاري المسائل التالية ضمن أولويّات اعتباراته.

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All Releated Press Releases
  • Launching of the Arab Watch on Informal Labor


    The Arab NGO Network on Development (ANND) launched the third issue of the Arab Watch on Economic and Social Rights, with a focus on the question of Informal Labor, in two workshops held in each of Beirut and Cairo, which brought together a group of experts, researchers, academics, and civil society activists. The report was produced with the support of Ford Foundation, Diakonia, Swedish Development Cooperation, Norwegian People’s Aid, and IM Sweden.

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  • Announcement of a Regional Coalition on Tax Justice


    A regional coalition on tax justice was announced during a regional workshop in Amman, Jordan, following in-depth sessions between several institutions, associations, and organizations from various Arab countries.

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  • ANND Publications: 2015-2016


    With the new season of ANND publications coming soon, here is a reminder of our key resources issued in the past two years.

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All Releated Research Papers
  • ANND’s Participation in the IMF/WBG Annual Meeting


    ANND publishes 4 policy reactions to IMF recommendations to Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Jordan.

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  • سوق العمل وقضية التشغيل في لبنان


    منذ الاستقلال وإلى الآن، لم يعرف لبنان سياسة للتشغيل، لا على نحو مستقل، ولا كجزء من سياسة أو خطة اقتصادية واجتماعية عامة. وفي هذا السياق، جاءت السياسات والإجراءات، التي اندرجت بعد اتفاق الطائف تحت مسمى "مشروع النهوض الاقتصادي وإعادة الإعمار"، مسكونة بهم وحيد وهو استعادة وتحديث نمط النمو الذي كان سائدا قبل الحرب، والقائم على الوساطة وإنتاج الخدمات لحساب الداخل العربي. لم تتضمن هذه السياسات بالتالي، أي حيز مستقل لمعالجة القضايا الاجتماعية بما فيها قضية التشغيل.

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  • 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.

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All Releated Policy Briefs
  • ICCPR Article 6 - Right to Life


    Description:  Submission by the Arab NGO Network for Development to the Consultation on the Draft General Comment on Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Right to life (September 2017)

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  • Repercussions of Tax Policies in the Arab Region


    Summary of regional reports on tax justice and tax and gender, to be published shortly by ANND.

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  • Policy Brief: Monitoring SDGs - Goal 1


    In the framework of its critical engagement in the 2030 Agenda, ANND launched an effort to document national programs for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and socio-economic reform initiatives in the Arab region. This effort takes the form of national assessment reports and seeks to check if such implementation is made within a comprehensive rights-based development strategy, adopted with an inclusive, participatory and transparent approach.

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    • SOLiD-South Mediterranean Social Dialogue
    • SOLiD-South Mediterranean Social Dialogue is a pilot project for the promotion of social dialogue in the Southern Mediterranean Neighborhood. It is a three years programme (2016-2018), financed by the European Union. SOLiD brings together regional and international representatives of social partners as well as a number of relevant partners from the EU.

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    • Annual Study Week On Trade And Investment policies In The Global South
    • The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), along with the South Centre and Third World Network,organizes an annual Study Week On Trade And Investment policies In The Global South. This event this year will take place in fall 2016, in Geneva (Switzerland). The previous editions were exceptional opportunities to develop knowledge and expertise on the current trends of the global economy and its impacts in the South.

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    • The Arab Watch Report on Economic and Social rights
    • The Arab Watch Report on Economic and Social Rights is published biennially by ANND. The report entails monitoring public policies at the national and regional levels and assessing their impact on specific rights.


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    • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    • The Post-2015 development agenda, next-in-line to the MDGs, will be adopted at the United Nations 

      summit that will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015. ANND actively engages with its partners in the 

      process in order to contribute to the design of effective development policies for the Arab region.

      Along its works, ANND reflects the need for transformative changes to global governance systems and to 

      national policy choices in order to overcome inequality, exclusion and vulnerability.

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