The global pandemic and its ensuing economic downturn have placed mounting pressures on organized civil society to respond to critical gaps in healthcare services, escalating hunger, massive unemployment, and the loss of income in already marginalized and impoverished communities. At the same time, bright spots have emerged apparent in the facilitating role of technology, more recognition of the critical role of civil society in meeting community needs, and a heightened awareness of the necessity of investment in strengthening existing mechanisms and frameworks for resilience and recovery, and creating them where they do not exist.
As such, advocating for an enabling environment for Arab philanthropy and civil society that would empower it to effectually participate in recovery and resilience, as well as deliver on its values of social justice and solidarity is front and center to AFF’s study on “An Enabling Arab Civic Space for Resilience, Growth, and Sustainability”. The study capitalizes on evidence-based insights and local civil society voices to generate regionally owned data on the current state of the civil society eco-system in the four countries —Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine—with a focus on the changes in policies, laws, and infrastructure in a pandemic and recovery context.
Please join us in the launch of the report on 1 December 2022 to discuss the report findings, and hear your insights on how we can better bridge research with practice for a more enabling environment for CSOs and philanthropy in the Arab region.