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The Fifth Annual Report of the Arab Network for NGOs

With the fifth annual report (2005), The Arab network for NGOs intend to assess the existing forms of partnership existing between NGOs, governments, the private sector, funding agencies, and the other parties concerned with development.

The report was produced by fifteen male and female Arab researchers, covering the following twelve countries: Egypt, Lebanon, Jordon, Syria, Tunisia, Algeria, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen and Sudan.

Importance of the report and the concept of partnership The value of present report holds is due to several reasons, either of academic or of practical nature. These reasons are summarized in the following points:

1-    The total absence of scientific research, Arab of foreign literature, concerned with partnerships of Arab NGOs. Consequently, this report is an added value in the cognitive field related to the study of the civil society, mainly in terms of building confidence between this sector and the state in order to better serve the priorities of human development.

2-    It also aims at contributing in building an effective partnership enabling to promoting the role of the Civil Society in facing major issues on top of which comes: the fight against poverty, the development of educational systems, women's empowerment, the enhancement of health services, the implementation of democracy, and other challenges related to development. All these tasks require creating channels of mutual trust between the Civil Society and the state in the Arab region.

3-    The report seeks to reveal the antagonism or contradiction existing between the official Arab discourse and the practical reality when we talk about partnership.

4-    Finally, the report intends to present a scientific concrete analysis able to explain the requirements allowing achieving effectiveness partnerships for Civil Society.