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Status (Audio Journal)

An Audio Journal in partnership with the Arab Studies Institute, George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, As-Safir, Mada Masr, and KPFA-VOMENA.

This is an ongoing series of in-depth interviews with activists, academics, institutions, and political movers and shakers on currently relevant issues of public concern. The aim is to amplify the voices of civil society actors, including advocates, activists, scholars, artists and journalists, provide the general public with an ‘inside-out’ narrative about regional development and relations, and highlight the role of independent media in dissemination and discussion.

    This April 2015 publication by The Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC), authored by Sarah E.
    Mendelson, queries the problem and proposes areas for research and inquiry.  

  • Daleel Madani – Lebanon Support
    Civil Society Knowledge Center

    The role of Community Based Organizations in preparing and responding to crisis in Lebanon, a qualitative study
    This study explores the role of community-based organizations in preparing for and responding to crisis in Lebanon. While there has been considerable work conducted on preparedness, responsiveness and recovery to crisis in Lebanon, there has been little work so far that focuses on measuring and assessing the capacities, expertise, strengths and weaknesses of local CBOS in preparing and responding to crises. Managers and decisions makers from nine different organizations were interviewed on the overall expertise gained in past conflicts since the civil war as well as their current level of preparedness and responsiveness to contemporary and future crisis. They were also interviewed on their perceived role of INGOs, the state and the community in facilitating or hindering the process of crisis management. The following main recommendations were generated from the analysis of the transcripts: a) A more inclusive, integrated and activated role for the CBOs in the national disaster risk strategy and the national response plan; b) capitalizing and building on the experiences and capacities of CBOs by producing a local form of preparedness and responsiveness to crisis; c) reinforcing and empowering the community’s own forms of local preparedness and responsive to crises.

  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

    Financial Management for Civil Society Organizations

    This manual is the fourth in a series of manuals that are designed to assist civil society organizations in their project management and planning processes in a comprehensive yet simple and succinct manner. The manual conveys the importance of sound financial management, explains work procedures and offers suggestions for overcoming possible difficulties in establishing a financial system.

  • INTRAC, International NGO Training and Research Center

    INTRAC links development practice with analysis. They aim to work thematically – ensuring coordination between our research, training, consultancies and programmes. Their multi-disciplinary approach affords them unique insight into all aspects of capacity building work.

  • Jadaliyya

    Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), the umbrella organization that produces Arab Studies Journal, Tadween Publishing, FAMA, and Quilting Point.
    Jadaliyya provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye to audiences in the United States, the Middle East and beyond. The site currently publishes posts both in Arabic, French, English, and Turkish.
    Jadaliyya is run and produced on a primarily voluntary basis by an editorial team and expanding pool of contributors committed to discussing the Arab world on its own terms. Where others see only a security threat, conflict, or data on a graph, we see a region inhabited by living communities and dynamic societies.

  • Gulf Center Human Rights

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation that works to provide support and protection to human rights defenders (including independent journalists, bloggers, lawyers, etc.) in the Gulf region by promoting freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.
Their vision is  to create a network of sustainable communities of human rights defenders in the region who are strong, safe, and protected by international mechanisms.

This document contains important and useful guidelines for legislation for and interpretation of the right to peaceful assembly under human
rights law.

  • Tadween Publishing

    Tadween Publishing is a new kind of publishing house that seeks to institutionalize a new form of knowledge production. A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute, Tadween aims both to publish critical texts and to interrogate the existing processes and frameworks through which knowledge is produced. Specifically, Tadween is dedicated to four fundamental goals:

    • To join the current that challenges the monopoly of the mainstream publishing world by expanding and deepening the notion of what is publication-worthy
    • To offer readers thoroughly interactive products that bring the benefits of technology to refined scholarship and other significant texts
    • To focus on pedagogy by attending to the way texts and other forms of produced knowledge best make their way into a classroom and
    • To contribute to a new kind of process, and content, of knowledge production on the Middle East and beyond.

      They publish in Arabic, English, and French, and there will be no restrictions on region or topic.

  • The Global Human Rights Education and Training Centre

    HREA offers tutored and self-directed e-courses for human rights defenders, NGO staff, development practitioners and humanitarian workers.
    The Human Rights Campus includes free self-directed courses, too! Register to join a community dedicated to defending human rights.

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights council

    Practical Recommendations for the Creation and Maintenance of a Safe and Enabling Environment for civil Society, Based on Good Practices and Lessons Learned.
    Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights council, 11 April 2016 (A/HRC/32/20)
    The High Commissioner focuses on examples of practices that optimize civil society’s transformative potential. He identifies five essential ingredients: a robust legal framework compliant with international standards that safeguards public freedoms and effective access to justice; a political environment conducive to civil society work; access to information; avenues for participation by civil society in decision-making processes; and long-term support and resources for civil society. In six languages:


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