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

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