Social Transformation in the Arabic World
Since 2012 ifa/zivik is actively supporting social-political, democratic change within the societies in Northafrica and the Middle East. To accomplish this objective a new budget line, the so called "transformation partnerships" has been established supporting a broad range of activities. With resources from the German Federal Foreign Office ifa/zivik is funding projects of German, international and local non-governmental organisations in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan fostering a transformation of the autocratic model of governance towards more inclusion, participation and a functioning democracy. The support provided depends upon the needs and priorities of the specific countries. Emphasis is given to holistic approaches, which take into consideration the demands of crises prevention, conflict transformation and peace building.
In spite the current increase of repression, of brutal violence and radicalisation in most of the countries in the region, the triggered change in these societies spring from a need of social transformation and inherited potential of constructing social change. Thus it is warranted to identify these possibilities for change in close collaboration with partners on the ground. At the same time, the effects of increased violence on the civil society have to be mitigated and a further escalation of violence must be prevented through cross-linked action. Constructive conflict transformation requires a perspective, which strengthens local capacities for peace within the conflict setting, on the one hand, and yet on the other hand addresses and transforms the status quo of local and international structures. The projects should support civil society, strengthen participatory, inclusive social mechanisms as well as a constructive conflict culture and foster the establishment of well-functioning democratic institutions, rule of law and human security. This could be achieved through small local initiatives, as well as projects which are designed under an international, inner-Arabic or regional approach. A special focus is directed towards disadvantaged and structurally weak regions.
The formalities and requirements for subsidy are those of the zivik Funding Programme. For application kindly use the standard application form listed as download.
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