American Univesity of Beirut

Why MENA Needs to Change the Way It Supports Civil Society?

​This OpEd is part of the Issam Fares Institute opinion articles series published weekly. This article is​ written​​ by Maysa Jalbout, Senior Policy Fellow at the AUB Issam Fares Institute.

The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as governments try to slow the spread with varying degrees of success. The current restrictions on movement are largely accepted as necessary, despite the significant blow to the region’s economies. Much less understood, however, is how the pandemic will affect the region’s most vulnerable communities and civil society organisations that cater for them.

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