CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

Civil society in the Middle East and North Africa

Posted by civilsocietyindex on February 1, 2010

On Thursday 28 January 2010, Jacob Mati, Research Officer at the Civil Society Index (CSI), represented CIVICUS in Amman, Jordan. In a conference organised by the Foundation for the Future, he shared global perspectives from the experience of the CSI project with regional researchers. The conference, addressing the status and prospects for research on civil society organisations in the Middle East and North Africa region, brought together participants from across the region with the objective of strengthening and supporting better mapping of civil society in the region.

During the current 2008-2010 phase of the CSI, Bahrain, Djibouti, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco all targeted implementation of the CSI project in their countries. With some difficulties in implementation arising at the regional level, the conference also served as an opportunity for the CSI team to identify steps forward in offering greater support and resourcing for research in a region where civil society continues to be a particularly important sector.

Jacob Mati’s paper, titled ‘Bridging research, policy and action in civil society strengthening initiatives: lessons from a decade of CIVICUS Civil Society Index implementation’, can now be downloaded by clicking here (PDF, English only).

Other papers from the conference can be accessed directly at the conference website.

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