We work on issues surrounding citizenship and governance in the Middle East and North Africa, and also provide guidance on strategic investment to regions affected by conflict.
The Middle East and North Africa are undergoing a series of political upheavals and internal unrest. In countries affected by the ‘Arab Spring’, social, political and economic reforms may lead to more inclusive and participatory government. However, the pace of change has been slower than people hoped and expected, escalating tensions and resulting in greater repression in some cases. The conflicts in Syria and Libya could have a negative impact on neighbouring states – the Syrian conflict in particular threatens to undermine the fragile peace in Lebanon.
We work with political parties, civil society, businesses and communities to increase social and political inclusion, strengthen resilience to conflict and guide the direction of economic development in support of peace.
In Lebanon we bring together leaders of political party youth wings to discuss peace and conflict issues and to learn more about the importance of constructive dialogue. We do the same with community leaders, to enable them to build safer and more stable communities and help reduce the risks of spillover effects of the conflict in Syria. In Tunisia we help civil society to strengthen their capacity to support a peaceful transition. We also work with Gulf-based investors to influence the way they invest in the region, and with donors such as the European Union to inform their aid and trade strategies