Seeking to map civil society needs in Tunisia and Libya and to identify the main areas of work, the Anna Lindh Foundation is organising, in collaboration with its Head of National Network in Tunisia, the We Love Sousse Association, a meeting under the theme of “Empowerment of Civil Society for Change and Dialogue”, bringing together representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) from both countries with representatives of international organisations and the European Union from 22 to 24 October.
The meeting will allow the Anna Lindh Foundation and other international organisations to share their programmes with civil society in both Libya and Tunisia and listen to their feedback in order to maximise the benefit from them. The objective is to map the priorities of the CSOs and the challenges they face to adapt the international organisations' programmes, and especially those elaborated by the Anna Lindh Foundation, whose priority is bringing people together and supporting civil society in the Euro-Mediterranean Region.
The Foundation, conceived as a “network of networks” in the 42 Euro-Mediterranean countries, aims to empower and amplify its national network in Tunisia in order to make its financial and training programmes available to more CSOs, in addition to better approaching Libyan CSOs in view of developing a national network in this country.
The meeting is one of the first events of “DAWRAK- Citizens for Dialogue”, the programme launched by the Anna Lindh Foundation following the transformation and reform processes in Arab societies, where civil society will play a key role. This role is at the origin of the idea for DAWRAK, which aims to build the capacities of CSOs and the most dynamic actors of change in the southern Mediterranean and provide them with tools and skills for dialogue, advocacy and networking, enabling them to contribute to developing a culture of citizenship and democratic participation.
DAWRAK is a broader initiative that will be implemented through 2012-2014 both at national and regional levels in collaboration with local and national institutions in Arab countries in addition to the Anna Lindh Foundation National Networks, It is supported by a special fund of €3 million from the EU.
The Anna Lindh Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue promotes knowledge, mutual respect and inter-cultural dialogue between the people of the Euro-Mediterranean region, working through a network of more than 3,000 civil society organisations in 43 countries. Its budget is co-funded by the EU (€7 million) and the EU member states (€6 million).
Source: EU Neighbourhood Info
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