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Maghreb Workshop

This consultation gathered 30 civil society actors from five Maghreb Arab countries (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, and Tunisia), in Tunis on 18-21 July 2019, to take part in the regional workshop “Building a shared vision for the Mediterranean: Vision Med 2030”.

The purpose of this first workshop was to facilitate a consultation process among the participants and provide them with a platform and safe space for dialogue, as well as a useful framework to develop a coherent set of goals and values aimed at shaping a shared vision for the future of the Mediterranean. Participants’ profiles reflected a broad spectrum of experiences and backgrounds including researchers, human rights activists, theologists, agricultural economists, cultural operators, ecologists, entrepreneurs, etc. The workshop also included a capacity development activity on dialogue and negotiation techniques to enhance the participants’ capacities in the subject, strengthen their regional networks, and eventually promote policy dialogue at a regional level. A public roundtable discussion “Building a Mediterranean Community, a Sterile Utopia or Our CommonDestny?” was held on the side-lines of the workshop.

These envisioning exchanges enabled participants to produce a manifesto on the Mediterranean for the years to come, as a common space and a lasting environment for cooperation and political construction.

“Now, it is time for us to have the courage to demonstrate our human attachment to the Mediterranean and our common cultural heritage” Excerpt from the Maghreb Workshop’s statement

Open Call

Maghreb Workshop’s statement: “A Vision for the Mediterranean of Tomorrow”

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Facilitators’ bios

Rasha Shabaan

Rasha Shabaan is from Alexandria (Egypt) and Gothenburg (Sweden). She works at the World Culture Museum (one of 4 museums of world culture in Sweden) as projects manager and coordinator of the Anna Lindh Foundation network in Sweden. She is a board member of the transnational organisation, European Alternatives, and an alumni of t…

Rasha Shabaan is from Alexandria (Egypt) and Gothenburg (Sweden). She works at the World Culture Museum (one of 4 museums of world culture in Sweden) as projects manager and coordinator of the Anna Lindh Foundation network in Sweden. She is a board member of the transnational organisation, European Alternatives, and an alumni of the Tandem Europe programme and Bosch Alumni Network. Not to forget that she is a DJ (DJ Rush). Currently, she’s managing the creative programme, Mind the Gap, which aims at facilitating intercultural dialogue, inclusion and equality through digital storytelling. In 2015-2016, she led a transnational project called WoMidan – WoMen Voices from the Square, a dialogue platform on activism for gender equality in Europe and MENA region. They released the WoMidan Declaration in November 2015 and hosted dialogue encounters with Swedish politicians.

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Hatem Mliki

Hatem is an international facilitator, who has more than 24 years of experience in Tunisia and the MENA region working with international organizations on decentralization management and over 10 years in project management of donor-funded programs. He is a recognized international expert in the fields of local governance, local ec…

Hatem is an international facilitator, who has more than 24 years of experience in Tunisia and the MENA region working with international organizations on decentralization management and over 10 years in project management of donor-funded programs. He is a recognized international expert in the fields of local governance, local economic development, and decentralization, and regularly advises all levels of Tunisian government. He has also been for the last 15 years an international expert in Small and Medium Business Development, entrepreneurship and employment policies.

Mliki is active in several programs to strengthen the capacity of civil society on issues related to participation, transparency, accountability, gender, and anticorruption. He holds a bachelor degree in economics from the University of Tunis

Over the past three years, Mliki advised the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment in the development of the decentralization strategy adopted in 2015. He also assisted the World Bank and Ministry of Local Affairs in a mid-term evaluation of a new local governance financing framework.

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Agenda

  • Day 1 18 July 2019, Thursday
    15:00 – 16:00Registration
    16:00 – 18:00Welcome and Ice-breaking Session

    - What is the Programme about? By Nabila Hamza
    (Team Leader) and Gianluca Solera (Capacity Development Expert)

    - Ice-breaking: Participants to introduce themselves and talk about their expectations
    By Hatem Mliki and Rasha Shaaban (Facilitators)

    19:00Welcoming Dinner at Ramada Plaza hotel
  • Day 2 19 of July 2019, Friday
    09:00 – 10:30Plenary Session: Med Inspiration / Med Evolution
    Screening of The Middle Sea short cartoon movie, an Irénia – Jocs de Pau production
    Facilitators ask participants to write down their dreams (positive)/expectations (negative) for the Mediterranean region by 2030, and the main principles and values which define a new concept of citizenship and belonging in the region.
    10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
    11:00 – 12:00Plenary Session: Med Vision; Questions in the Air” about the Mediterranean today and in the future
    12:00 – 13:30Lunch
    13:30 – 14:00Plenary Session: Introduction on the institutional frameworks in the Euro-Med Space and related challenges in the region
    14:00 – 15:30Working groups: Med priorities
    15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break
    16:00 – 16:30Summary of the day
    16:30 – 17:00Break + Internal preparations
    17:00 – 18:30Debate: Building a Mediterranean Community, a Sterile Utopia or Our Common Destiny?
    19:00 – 20:30Dinner at Ramada Plaza hotel
  • Day 3 20 of July 2019, Saturday
    09:00 – 09:30Warm-up and presenting the programme of the day
    09:30 – 12:00Plenary: Med Manifesto consultation
    12:00 – 13:30Lunch
    13:30 – 15:30Plenary: Med Manifesto consultation
    15:30 – 16:00Summary of the day and definition of the next steps in drafting the proposed Manifesto
    16:00 – 16:30Coffee Break
    16:30 – 18:00Working groups: Capacity building; Getting familiarized with dialogue, consultation and negotiation techniques
    20:00 – 22:00Gala Dinner in the Maison d’Hôte Les Andalous, Borj Et Touil, Ariana, Tunisia
  • Day 4 21 of July 2019, Sunday
    09:00 – 09:30Warm-up and quick recap from the debate
    09:30 – 11:00Med Manifesto consultation: Final session on the Mediterranean Manifesto
    11:00 – 11:30Presenting the draft Manifesto
    11:30 – 12:00Conclusion on the next steps of the process
    12:30 – 13:00Lunch
    13:00Departures
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