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As part of its overall objective to strengthen the role of CSOs working on the regional level in the Mediterranean basin, the Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality Programme hosts several capacity building seminars over its implementation period. These seminars focus on thematic issues relevant to the region, and aim to empower CSOs in their technical knowledge, increase their ability to plan and implement advocacy campaigns, and grow their institutional dialogue skills. These seminars will be a key element in achieving the project’s goal of strengthening CSOs, since they will address weaknesses and gaps through a practical approach, and ensure that the participating CSOs receive the support they need.  The seminars will respond to participating entities’ needs and aims, which were identified by Med Dialogue’s mapping study, by providing technical expertise through trained staff, as well as knowledge on relevant case-studies and practices proven to be useful in the region. …

As part of its overall objective to strengthen the role of CSOs working on the regional level in the Mediterranean basin, the Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality Programme hosts several capacity building seminars over its implementation period. These seminars focus on thematic issues relevant to the region, and aim to empower CSOs in their technical knowledge, increase their ability to plan and implement advocacy campaigns, and grow their institutional dialogue skills. These seminars will be a key element in achieving the project’s goal of strengthening CSOs, since they will address weaknesses and gaps through a practical approach, and ensure that the participating CSOs receive the support they need. 

The seminars will respond to participating entities’ needs and aims, which were identified by Med Dialogue’s mapping study, by providing technical expertise through trained staff, as well as knowledge on relevant case-studies and practices proven to be useful in the region. The training is expected to strengthen the participants’ networking capacities, widen their reach on the regional level, and improve their skills to influence policies and decision making. This will in turn foster a space for dialogue between civil society actors, institutional players, and other stakeholders such as government officials. Additionally, they highlight the roles of IT and the digital space can play in activism and advocacy, and explore opportunities available on that front.

The Programme will take into account diversity factors in the selection process, and ensure a fair gender ratio, representation of citizens from rural and urban areas, and representation of all countries from the Southern shore, when possible. 

By the time these seminars conclude, the Programme hopes to see a positive impact on multiple levels. It should empower CSOs ability to operate at a trans-national level for societal change and open new venues of knowledge and partnerships, in addition to providing a better understanding of how to take advantage of the fast-growing and influential digital space.

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    The “Hack to Act” Programme aims at supporting the digital space and technology’s capacities as a tool for socio-political change. It consists of three components, including an Ideathon, a Hackathon and the development of prototypes. The programme is addressed to democracy activists who use the “Digital civic space” and new technologies to promote democracy through citizens’ activism.  At the Ideathon, activists will focus on diverse aspects, such as accountability, transparency, community involvement and active citizenship, “digital rights” and digital security. Up to 15 ideas derived from their work will serve as the basis for a later Hackathon event designed to help CSOs to engage into new forms of activism working with IT developers and designers. The 3 best IT proposals will then be selected for the development of full prototypes serving the cause of democracy.

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