Call - Middle East and North African Initiative

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The Middle East and North African Initiative of the Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era project is coordinated by Future Worlds Center (FWC) and funded by United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).

The project represents the global expansion of a series of previous project under the general title Reinventing Democracy.

Key objective of Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era

The key objective of this project is to increase youth participation in democratic governance by empowering young people from across the world to invent and propose new, innovative and concrete actions. More than 1000 young people will contribute with ideas face-to-face and virtually during five Co-Laboratories engaging ICT and structured democratic dialogue methodology. The process is designed to mobilize young people and to increase interaction among youth globally with the aim to advocate for and enable meaningful youth participation in democratic processes.


Application deadline: 21st of April 2017
Feedback on application status: 24/04/2017
Workshop dates (physical meeting): 14-20th of May 2017
(travelling days/arriving and departing: 14th and 20th of May 2017) Workshop venue: The Classic Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus


BACKGROUND: Representatives of NGO’s and informal groups OR representatives of formal education, non-formal & administrative bodies working with youth
EXPERIENCE: 2 years volunteer/professional experience in a non-profit, for-profit or hybrid organisation (preferred but not obligatory)
AGE: 18-30 years
LANGUAGE: Very good level of both spoken and written English
NATIONALITY: Nationals of Middle East and North Africa countries - Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen + Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Chad, Cyprus, Djibouti, Eritrea, Georgia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Pakistan, Sahrawi, Somalia, South Sudan.


Able to identify 10 shadow participants that will virtually contribute with their ideas and feedback to the project objectives through online media Active participation in the workshop in Cyprus - Contribute ideas for the content of e-books and the Manifesto for 21st Century Democracy (during the workshop)
Participate in 3 regional webinars and 2 global webinars


50 Proposals for Action towards designing ideal future systems of governance
Collectively authored e-books for Democracy’s problems and ideas for action
Manifesto for 21st Century Democracy: “Requirements of a new system of democracy”
Creation and implementation of a regional action plan

About the project

Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era is a two-year project funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund that is being coordinated by Future Worlds Center (FWC) in Cyprus with the assistance of local partners.

The key objective is to increase youth participation in democratic governance through empowering young people across the world to invent and propose new, innovative and concrete actions in 5 regional workshops (European, African and American took place in 2016, Middle Eastern and Asian will be taking place in 2017), each attended by 20 participants from the respective region. The initiative will engage more than 1100 young people across the world (100 core participants who will be attending the regional workshops and their 1000 in total shadow participants) to contribute ideas (face-to-face and virtually, using ICT tools and the structured dialogue methodology) to create and implement regional action plans, and collectively author e-books and a Manifesto for the 21st Century Democracy.

Aims & Objectives

1. To share experiences / outcomes from Structured Democratic Dialogic Co-laboratories with young activists from other continents and develop a joint understanding of root causes for the lack of youth participation in democratic processes.
2. To engage 100 young participants from around the globe in regional SDD Co-laboratories during which they will design solutions for the key root causes previously identified, and thus contribute to the development of new and innovative systems of governance.
3. To empower the young participants to take action and promote their own ideas and solutions, both within their local community as well as on a broader level.
4. To utilize the broad range of ICT tools available to young people, such as social media, videos, etc. in order to build a platform for Reinventing Democracy – accessible to young people across the world.



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