The research sought to investigate three problematic points, the first point was to diagnose the underlying institutional, collaborative, and thematic frameworks within which youth representatives and Civil society actors in the Sothern Mediterranean operate. Second, it attempted to explore how Covid-19 has impacted the priorities and mode of productivity of these structures. Finally, it proactively sought to tap some preliminary feedback and perceptions of Civil society actors vis-a-vis the future of their partnership with the EU in light of the “new Agenda for the Mediterranean”. The goal behind tackling these central problematic points was to propose an action plan for a youth space for dialogue mechanism. Creating such a space can unite the organizations that work with youth, including from ethnic and religious minorities, and different other disadvantaged groups including women and migrants. It would also help young civil society actors working more effectively to realize common goals, undertake joint advocacy projects and work on regional challenges.
The overall objective of Majalat is to create and promote a space of encounter and constructive dialogue between the civil society of the South of the Mediterranean and the European Union.
The specific objective is to mobilize civil society as well as other key players in the field/ region, such as social movements, youth organizations, etc. so that they can actively engage in a regional, structured dialogue with EU institutions during the annual civil society forum in Brussels. Each year, through an annual cycle of activities, civil society organizations gather to discuss and exchange on 5 themes that are central for the relations between the EU and countries in the region (Governance and Rule of Law, security and countering violence, migration, economic and social dialogue, social and climate justice). The results of these discussions will be brought from the field into structured (policy) dialogues with the European Union.
MAJALAT project is funded by the European Commission (2018-2021) and has a budget of € 3 million. It is implemented by The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), The Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC), The Alternatives Forum Morocco (FMAS), The Euromed Rights Network, the Euromed France network and the European network SOLIDAR. It is a regional project that targets southern Mediterranean countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia.