The Arab Democracy Foundation aims to contribute to the provision of the necessary conditions for democratic transition in the Arab region through executable programs with measurable results.
Building Strategic Networks
- ADF Reports, Symposiums, and Strategic Thinking Workshops
- Democracy & Education
- Spreading the Culture of Democracy
- Establishing Good Governance Institutions
- Fund-Raising and Strategic Partnerships
Through building networks, ADF seeks to consolidate cooperation and coordination among Arab and international civil institutions and associations. For instance, ADF participated in the workshop on building a civil society coalition for a citizenship campaign in the Arab region, in addition to organizing the “Arab-Turkish Forum: Exploring Political and Constitutional Reform in the Middle East and North Africa” and the workshop on Arab-Latin American dialogue.ADF also helped form networks connecting civil society organizations in Darfur.
Through this program, ADF aims to accumulate knowledge on democracy. ADF organized several strategic thinking workshops such as the workshop to develop key indicators for the anti-corruption and the status of democratic transition reports. It has also prepared a descriptive report on the status of democracy in the Arab world based on 17 national studies on countries including Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Qatar. The descriptive report presents a comprehensive account of the status of Arab political and social systems with a focus on their progress in democratization.
Given the importance of education in the process of democratic transition, ADF organizes training courses to build the capacities of Arab youth as well as civil society actors. For example, ADF organized a training course in leadership skills for Al-Fakhoora campaign students. The foundation also organized a workshop to launch education program in human rights and democratization.
ADF is committed to raising and developing awareness about democracy and human rights in the context of politics, culture, thought, society, and economics through organizing conferences, forums, and symposiums in collaboration with civil society organizations across the Arab region. Examples include the symposiums on “Arabs and the Resistance: How Anti-Resistance Meets Anti-Democracy: Gaza as a Model” and on “Forms of Discrimination against Women in light of International Conventions: the Arab Woman as a Model.” ADF also published the first edition of Bareeq, a magazine specialized in democratic transition studies.
ADF seeks to advance good governance institutions through election monitoring and building national and regional knowledge platforms on all that concerns democracy and human rights. The foundation participated in monitoring the 2009 Lebanese parliamentary elections as well as the 2009 Mauritanian presidential elections.
In support of its constructive programs, ADF constantly explores resources through building strategic networks. For instance, ADF organized a strategic planning workshop to explore cooperation with GTZ on projects such as the E-resource center and the Arab youth parliament.