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Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship will serve as the regional hub of a dynamic community of academics, practitioners, policymakers, and members of the general public interested in exploring traditional and innovative forms of associational life and in advancing realistic solutions to the obstacles to effective civil society and citizenship in the Arab world. The Institute will encourage evidence-based research; disseminate research findings and policy/practice recommendations; provide education and training for active citizenship and effective civil society; promote awareness of civil society and civic engagement in the region; and stimulate fruitful dialogue among the region’s varied publics.



In the conduct of its mission, the Institute will:
• Support freedom of thought and expression;
• Provide a neutral space for dialogue;
• Foster tolerance and respect for the diversity of Arab cultures and perspectives;
• Seek to interpret civil society and citizenship broadly and inclusively; and
• Remain responsive to emerging needs and trends.

Press release in English

Press release in Arabic


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