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Mashreq Workshop

Following the Maghreb consultation workshop, over 30 participants representing regional civil society networks and organizations operating in 5 Mashrek Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria) and beyond, participated in this session, in Amman on 2-4 March, 2020.

This consultation aimed at developing civil society actors’ capacities, in terms of advocacy for a future vision for the Mediterranean region as a common space and a lasting environment for cooperation, rights and equality. It provided the opportunity to review the work carried out in the Maghreb workshop, focusing on the topics addressed in the first statement. Participants had also the opportunity to practice strategizing techniques, exchange experiences, building collaborations beyond national borders, and discuss about shared principles and values related to the “Mediterranean identity”. The design of possible advocacy campaigns on the Mediterranean as our common destiny was the topic of two full sessions. In margin of this consultation, they also participated in a debate with Jordanian civil society organizations on “Regional challenges and civil society’s role for advocacy”.

“We call on all civil society actors and the stakeholders who are in the Mediterranean, with in the forefront the European Union, the League of Arab States, and the Union for the Mediterranean, as well as on all peoples of the Mediterranean basin, to act together toward establishing a permanent Mediterranean institutional space, playing the role of a common platform and contributing to an in-depth and thorough discussion and practical solutions to common challenges, particularly those related to rights and equality.” Excerpt from the Mashreq Workshop’s statement

Open Call

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Facilitators’ bios

Rawane Shamseddine

Rawane is an NGO Consultant at Management and Development Associates and the Reporting Coordinator at the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts. She has a strong experience in proposal writing, needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation and developing policies and procedures. Rawane is experienced in working with vulnerable and u…

Rawane is an NGO Consultant at Management and Development Associates and the Reporting Coordinator at the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts. She has a strong experience in proposal writing, needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation and developing policies and procedures. Rawane is experienced in working with vulnerable and unprivileged communities including displaced ones and has been involved in major projects in Lebanon and in the region with multiple donor agencies including UNICEF, UNRWA, Danish People’s Aid, and Save the Children among others. She co-founded the Arab Network of Trainers and Facilitators in 2018. She is interested in Politics and has recently received a certificate in Geopolitics from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon. Last but not least, Rawane is a full-time revolutionary who strives to be part of the inevitable change in Lebanon and in the whole region.

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Maher Issa

Maher has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in civil society, including, capacity and institutional building, training, and consultancy. He has a strong background in management and leadership, including with organsiations such as FAO and NDI. He managed projects of the General Union of Cultural Centers (GUCC). He is curre…

Maher has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in civil society, including, capacity and institutional building, training, and consultancy. He has a strong background in management and leadership, including with organsiations such as FAO and NDI. He managed projects of the General Union of Cultural Centers (GUCC). He is currently the  Director of the Civitas Institute in Gaza. Moreover, he is a co-founder of Civitas Academy as transnational and EuroMed school for leadership and democracy. As consultant and civil society expert, Maher has conducted numerous consultancies including training and facilitation, mentoring, comparative research, and evaluations locally, regionally, and internationally. He holds a diploma in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and a BA in Science from the Islamic University in Gaza. He completed his MA in Political Science at Al-Azhar University in 2011; currently, he is preparing a Ph.D. in Political Science.

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Agenda

  • Day 1 1st of March 2020, Sunday
    17:00-18:00Registration
    18:00 - 20:00Welcome and Ice-breaking Session
    -What is the Programme about?
    Gianluca Solera, Capacity Development Expert

    -Few words about Communication
    Suhair Muhye Al Deen, Communication & Networking Expert

    -Ice-breaking: Participants to introduce themselves and talk about their expectations
    20:30Welcoming Dinner at Olive Tree Hotel
  • Day 2 2nd of March 2020, Monday
    09:00 – 09:30Opening Session

    In the presence of the EU Ambassador in Jordan, H.E. Mrs. Maria Hadjitheodosiou
    Screening of The Middle Sea short cartoon movie, an Irénia – Jocs de Pau production
    09:30 – 10:30Plenary Session: North and South, what we have in common across the Mediterranean
    10:30 – 10:45Coffee Break & group photo with EU Ambassador
    10:45 – 12:30Plenary Session: Establishing “Maghreb – Mashrek” Links
    12:30 – 14:00Lunch
    14:00 – 15:30Group Work: Overcoming existing challenges facing integration across the Mediterranean
    15:30 -15:45Coffee Break
    15:45 – 17:45Plenary Session: Existing active actors and institutions across the Mediterranean
    17:45 – 18:00Coffee Break
    18:00 – 20:00Debate: The role of civil society in promoting a common vision for the Mediterranean
    20:00 – 22:00Dinner at Olive Tree Hotel
  • Day 3 3rd of March 2020, Tuesday
    09:00 – 10:30Group Work: Topics to be addressed
    10:30 – 10:45Coffee Break
    10:45 – 12:30Group Work: Role and function of the civil society
    12:30 – 14:00Lunch
    14:00 – 15:30Stakeholders’ identification and engagement
    15:30 – 15:45Coffee Break
    15:45 – 17:00Activity: Building a formal dialogue within an action plan for an advocacy campaign
    20:00 – 22:00Gala Dinner at Mallol Restaurant, Amman
  • Day 4 4th of March 2020, Wednesday
    09:00 – 10:30Developing and building on the existing statement
    10:30 – 10:45Coffee Break
    10:45 – 12:30Final discussion on the action plan for an advocacy campaign
    12:30 – 13:30Lunch
    13:30 -14:00Workshop’s final evaluation
    14:00Departures

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