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      • XVI School of Volunteering (Autumn School) – International Meeting
      Madrid 8 y 9 de septiembre 2011
    • Volunteering: a key for the twenty-first century citizenship Nadia Moussa
    • Summary
      • I. The status of volunteering and civic participation in Jordan and North Africa
      • Appraisal of civil society in Jordan and North Africa
      • Definition of volunteering
      • Perspectives from actors involved in the development of the volunteering in the Arab region
    • Summary (suite)
      • II. Initiatives from the civil society working to empower civic education, citizenship programs and volunteering:
      • From volunteering to civic engagement
      • Activists in action
      • Revolutions in the Arab world, the results of a civic participation
      • III. Development of Volunteering and Civic participation: conclusion and recommendations
    • Introduction to Foundation for The Future
      • Background
      • Created in 2005
      • Independent, multi-lateral and not for profit organization
      • Promoting democracy, human rights, The Rule of law and reforms
      • Supporting Civil Society Organizations CSOs in the BMENA Region
      • Donors
      • 12 Donors including Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hungary, Jordan, United States, Denmark, European Commission, Turkey, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands
    • Introduction to Foundation for The Future
      • Foundation’s Areas of focus
      • Encouraging civic engagement and citizen participation in public and political life
      • Promoting and protecting human rights
      • Enabling societies to empower women and protect their rights
      • Spreading a culture of democracy and good governance
      • Strengthening the principles of transparency, accountability and the Rule of law
      • Advocating for media freedom
    • I. The Status of Volunteering and Civic Participation in Jordan and North Africa
      • A. Appraisal of Civil Society in Jordan and North Africa
      • 1980’s: reviving of the debate on civil society
      • Development of different civil societies
      • Diversification of their structural compositions
      • Shift from charitable associations to developmental activities
      • Focus on advocacy organizations, women participation and citizenship
      • However, third sector activities are not evolving fast enough
      • Associative work is different in the four countries
    • I. The Status of Volunteering and Civic Participation in Jordan and North Africa
      • B. Definition of Volunteering
      • Spending time while being unpaid in an association or a public institutions
      • Benefit a group or an individual; economic and social contributions
      • Effective tool to develop citizenship and active participation
      • North Africa and Jordan’s status quo different from the one in Europe
      • Social volunteering --> charitable organizations
      • A part of religion and region’s culture but at economic and social stage
      • Individual or community initiatives despite of Royal NGOs
    • I . The Status of Volunteering and Civic Participation in Jordan and North Africa
      • B . Definition of Volunteering
      • Weaknesses
      • Centralizing and omnipresent state
      • Society not free to express itself and be an actor for change
      • Regimes do not always respect individual and public freedom
      • Recent uprisings revealed frustration (unemployment rates very high)
      • No hope or sense of purpose among the youth
      • Low participation in associations  lack of confidence or recognition
    • I . The Status of Volunteering and Civic Participation in Jordan and North Africa
      • C. Perspectives of volunteering
      • Constant evolution, preponderant place in people’s lives
      • Increasing appreciation and social recognition
      • Evaluation Study: by the EWCHRD organization
      • Positive change on youth behavior towards citizenship and volunteering
      • Public and private schools are integrating volunteering in their programs
      • CSOs promoting civic participation, citizenship education and political awareness  examples of Jordan, Algeria and Morocco
    • II. Initiatives from the civil society towards civic education, citizenship programs and volunteering
      • From Volunteering to civic engagement
      • Social activism widely present in the Middle East and North Africa
      • CSOs enable young people to play an active role as active citizens
      • International youth Foundation  expands civic engagement
      • USAID  funds given to IYF which is working with community based org.
      • Several outcomes to the 2009-2011 initial phase of the program
      • Refugees camps : Ruwwad Organization
      • Disadvantaged areas : Zikra Organization
    • II. Initiatives from the civil society towards civic education, citizenship programs and volunteering
      • B. Activists in action
      • Community and individual initiatives to promote social activism:
      • Increasing awareness on volunteering and advocacy campaigns
      • Empowering the Local Community working in underprivileged areas
      •  sensitization on civic participation, citizenship, and volunteering
      • East and West Center for Human Resources Development
      •  Improving volunteering process in Jordan, partnerships and exchanges
      • Tunisia: an awakened educated youth (workshops, trainings, etc.)
    • II. Initiatives from the civil society towards civic education, citizenship programs and volunteering
      • C. The Social Media: success of civic and political participation
      • Challenge in the BMENA : develop youth and political participation
      • Social networks have increased awareness on political rights among youth
      • RDC  100 NGOs and 10,000 young people advocated for political change
      • Tunisia & Egypt: mobilization for the elections through social networks
      • Creation of numerous websites by activists committed to support the democratization process
    • Conclusion / Recommendations
      • Challenge of the 21st century: empowering youth and encouraging them to participate in their own communities
      • To raise awareness on volunteerism’s impact
      • To develop a strategy to empower the educational system
      • To involve civil society actors, policy makers and youth
      • To increase advocacy among the authorities
      • To develop international partnerships and networks
      • Support from donors to expand civic participation needed