During this MENA conference, the Young Leaders engaged in debates on how to advance peace-building and transitional justice in the MENA-region.
Alongside experts and civil society professionals, the participants addressed practices and mechanisms from different political contexts such as democratic transition, post-conflict transformation and ongoing violent conflicts. Such historic and ongoing issues were personalised through first-hand testimonies, especially from Lebanon.
The participants also examined how civil society can help to prevent or resolve conflict, foster peace and advocate for human rights and accountability. It was clear from the discussions how much the political and institutional environment in each country impact the opportunities or threats to civil activism.
Department for Middle East and North Africa
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has a network of eleven country offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and implements projects in a total of 14 countries. Some offices, such as Egypt or Sudan, look back at a history of more than 40 years of cooperation.