The Arab Network for NGOs

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The Arab Network for NGOs is an Arab regional developmental non-profit organization, that has been launched in 1997 during the First Arab Conference of NGOs held in Cairo, with the participation of more than 1000 representatives of Arab NGOs, Arab major funding organizations such as Arab Fund Program for Development (AGFUND), as well as Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development, and United Nations organization.

The official Announcement of Arab Network has been made during the First General Conference of Arab Network (Lebanon – 2002), after adopting a stature and opening membership for all the non-governmental developmental organizations.

The headquarters of the Arab Network is located in Cairo; its activities extend to 19 Arab countries, through its elected Board of Trustees and other organizations that works as focal points.

Membership:

Membership in the Arab Network for NGOs is opened for Arab NGOs, Arab experts and individuals concerned with the development of the NGO sector. In the beginning of 2010, Total number of registered members that have been accepted by the Board of Trustees reached 1400 Arab organizations and experts from 19 Arab countries.

 

Our vision:

"Contributing in strengthening the human and institutional resources of Arab NGOs in order to enable them playing a major role in the process of sustainable development. This mandate will be implemented according to scientific guide lines allowing to develop further plans of action designed to meet the societal needs with a wide popular participation and according to an ethical code of transparency and accountability" .

 

Our Objectives:

According to the stature of Arab Network, its main objectives and missions are summarized in the following:

·                    Contribute in reinforcing cooperation, networking, & interaction among federations, unions, & organizations working in the field of human sustainable development including Arab, regional, international, & funding institutions concerned with the same issue.

·                    Contribute in promoting the Arab voluntary work through the adoption of pilot projects and programs by federations and organization active in the domain of human sustainable development.

·                    Contribute in enhancing the capacity building of federations, unions, and organizations concerned with the issue of human sustainable development, and raising their efficiency in achieving their goals.

·                    Contribute in promoting the capacity of developmental federations and NGOs to raise & mobilize the necessary resources and funds in order to implement their projects & programs addressed to their targeted beneficiaries.

 

Our Achievements:

 In this context, the programs tackle the following topics:

1.     Training: Arab Network has organized training workshops in 19 Arab countries from 1993 till 2011, their number exceeded 170 workshops covering 13 issues, among which are (institutional structure, administrative development, good governance, transparency, financial administration, impact and advocacy work, evaluation, strategic planning, fund raising, information technology in NGOs and volunteering).

2.     Preparing Arab Trainers: this is considered to be the second phase of participation in the workshops. The best efficient participants are selected to be prepared to be trainers in their countries. Arab Network has an excellent Arab group working as trainers in Arab countries.

3.     Providing Knowledge: this is achieved through the regular publications of Arab Network, as well as the group researches (a group of researchers is assigned to conduct studies within a comparative context). Such publications aim to deepen the recognition of civil society organizations and its relationship with the State, as well as the dynamics of working inside them, in order to achieve development. These publications are action oriented, till 2011 Arab Network published 35 studies, the recent ones include:

·        What is the role played by the Civil Society? "A critical reading of the reality and the literature" (2011)

·        The ninth report of the Arab Network "The social responsibility & the Arab Civil Society" (2010)

·        Indicators of the civil society effectiveness (2010).

·        Arab Encyclopedia of the civil society (2009).

·        A series of handbooks "Capacity building of Arab NGOs" (2008). 

4.     Communicating and exchanging experiences among Arab NGOs: this is done through holding seminars, workshops, and general conferences; the later was the Second General Conference of the Arab Network "Partnership for Building the Future" (Kuwait, December 2006). In addition, the Arab Network issues a quarterly magazine “El Mazalla” in Arabic and English (49 issues since its start). 

5.     Using communication technology to enhance civil society organizations: in this regard, we concentrate on the following:

          a- Updating the website of Arab Network regularly.

          b- Establishing databases on the following issues:

               - Arab NGOs.

              - Active Specialized Sectors in Women, youth, and information technology.

              - Active experts in civil society.

c- Training on using information technology and communication in civil society organizations. This process has started from the second half of 2006, aiming to establish consortium (in the context of network) contains active organizations in information technology.

6.     "Voluntary Developmental Groups: Initiatives for Partnership":

This comprehensive project adopted by the Arab Network for NGOs (since 2008 till now), aims at improving the capacities of Arab Civil Society Organizations in confronting the challenges of development, and mainly in fighting against poverty and providing job opportunities. It's based on forming developmental groups (4-5 organizations), in Arab countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, Morocco), which in turn adopt a project aims at empowering marginalized categories.