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Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement projects funded by MEPI focused on CSO capacity building and advocacy, and civic education. Projects have aimed to strengthen local engagement, CSO national dialogue, voter ownership, leadership skills and NGO governance.



Basic Principles of International Law Affecting CSOs
Published: 2010

Organization: International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)
Project: Civil Society Law Reform


The presentation describes sources of international law, the Universal Declaration on Freedom of Association, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (2008), and international best practices for the formation of organizations.


Foreign Funding and Civil Society: International Law and Best Practices
Published: 2010

Organization: International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)
Project: Civil Society Law Reform


The presentation focuses on the UN Declaration on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and applying the ICCPR standard. It also highlights creating a financial action task force, public policy considerations and responding to proposed amendments.


Foreign Funding, Accountability and Transparency
Published: 2010

Organization: International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)
Project: Civil Society Law Reform


The presentation describes Article 23 of the Proposed Amendments in Yemen, which prohibits associations and foundations from receiving funding from foreign organizations. The focus is on the proposed law and alternative solutions.


Supporting Local Governance in Yemen - Steps to Improving Relationships between Citizens and Government: Manual for Local Councilors, Civil Society Organizations and Citizens
Published: 2010

Organization: National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Project: Expanding Support for Political Reform


This manual is specific to Yemen and improving the relationship between citizens and their government. It focuses on participatory local governance and public expenditure tracking surveys (PETS) and a six-step process, including a SWOT analysis and engaging stakeholders.


Confidence, Capacity, Connections: A Young Woman's Guide to Leadership
Published: 2010

Organization: National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Project: Strengthen Political Parties and Improve the Transparency of Electoral Systems in North Africa


The manual has three sections: Building the Confidence to Participate, Enhancing Capacities to Lead, and Making Connections to Succeed. The guide is designed to provide basic tools necessary to start taking action in communities.


The Kingdom of Bahrain: A Guide to Parliament
Published: 2007

Organization: National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Project: Expanding Support for Political Reform


This manual aimed to help members of the general public to understand Bahrain’s parliamentary system. It also was meant to serve as a resource for Members of Parliament and their staff. Contents include: type of legislative systems, parliament's role in democratic systems and the parliamentary system in Bahrain.


Government Supervision
Published: 2010

Organization: International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)
Project: Civil Society Law Reform


The presentation focuses on problems with government supervision of associations and foundations, proposed amendments and best practices in CSO supervision. It also includes recommendations for improving the proposed amendments.

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This Institute of International Education (IIE) training-of-trainers workshop for the Women's Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) program took place in Tunisia in 2017. IIE

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