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Job Vacancy

Regional Political Researcher, British Embassy Beirut

The British Embassy is recruiting a Regional Political Researcher. All applicants are invited to deliver their CV to the attention of the HR Manager, by 2 pm on Friday November 13th, 2014.


This role is as a political researcher in the British Embassy in Beirut. The role will help the UK understand political developments in the region, with a focus on the Syria conflict. You’ll do this through researching and writing reports, providing advice, and contributing to events and discussions.

Your responsibilities

 Monitor media and provide daily reports, highlighting and analysing important developments.

 Build a network of contacts with insight into regional politics that can inform UK views and understanding.

 Represent the UK at events, discussions and meetings.

 Compose, short focused political reporting on areas of interest to the UK.

 Organise events, visits, and meetings for you and your colleagues.

Person Specification

The job will require you to have a clear, developed understanding of politics in Syria and the region. You will need to demonstrate experience of using a range of sources to write objective and concise reports. Spoken and written fluency in English and Arabic is essential. You must hold a bachelors degree. An aptitude with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, and Excel) is required.

The job will require you to develop a network of contacts, and represent the UK in meetings and discussions, including with external contacts. It will require someone who can put their views across clearly, question and respond to people constructively.

The British Embassy in Beirut offers a competitive remuneration package in line with local labour law. Specific training and mentoring for the role will be provided for the successful candidate. The British Embassy is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on grounds of ethnic origin, race, religious beliefs, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

To Apply:

Please send your CV (maximum 2 pages) to britishembassy.vacancies@gmail.com attaching a one-page introductory cover letter explaining how you fit the above criteria. Please state the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Interviews will be held the week of 17 November.



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dears, for those interested, a National coordinator post is available. attention for the deadline and requirements.

Good luck!

GBV IMS National Coordinator

GBV IMS National Coordinator

Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon
Contract Type & Level: FTA – NO-B (ONLY for Lebanese Candidates)
Duration: One year (with possibility for extension
Vacancy Announcement Nb.: VA-FPA-LBN-2014-07
Vacancy Date: October 20, 2014
Closing Date: November 2, 2014

1. Organizational Location
The incumbent (i.e. GBV IMS National Coordinator) will be based partly at UNHCR Beirut Office, partly at UNFPA Country Office, according to a time division agreement between the two Agencies. He/she will undertake regular in-country travels to the five regions where the project is implemented: Akkar, Tripoli, Bekaa, South Lebanon and Mount Lebanon.
The incumbent will work under the umbrella of the national SGBV Task Force chaired by UNHCR and co-chaired by UNFPA and UNICEF. She/he will report to the SGBV Task Force Coordinator.
The incumbent will plan deliverables and priorities in collaboration with the chair and the two co-chairs of the SGBV Task Force and will keep them regularly informed of all programmatic and technical aspects of the Job Description. All administrative related matters will be reported to UNFPA, as the recruiting Agency.
The incumbent will work in close cooperation and coordination with the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator at the national level, as well as with the Field SGBV Coordinators in the five regions.
2. Job Purpose
The Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) was created to harmonize data collection on GBV in humanitarian settings, to provide a simple system for actors providing services to GBV survivors to collect, store and analyze their data and to enable the safe and ethical sharing of reported GBV incident data within and between relevant entities. The intention of the GBVIMS is both to assist service providers to better understand the GBV cases being reported as well as to enable actors to share data internally across project sites and externally with agencies for broader trends analysis and improved GBV coordination and response.
In Lebanon, increasing concerns regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria and spill-over of persons of concern into the country prompted the SGBV Task Force to consider means and modalities to improve data collection and analysis. In January 2013, a pilot GBV IMS roll-out was launched in Akkar (North Lebanon). In July 2013, the GBV IMS Global Team supported the progressive extension of the phased roll-out to the other regions in Lebanon. As of today, the 6 GBV specialized service providers (IRC, DRC, INTERSOS, IMC, Caritas, Makhzoumi) are using the system in the 5 above mentioned regions. An Information-Sharing Protocol endorsed by the Task Force in October 2013 allows the national compilation of a limited set of data.
In order to reinforce the dissemination of good practices and increase the quality and the quantity of GBV data available, the Government of Canada is funding a two-year project “Developing Field Level GBV Capacity for Improved Service Delivery, Information Management and Inter-Agency Coordination” in 6 countries, including Lebanon. As part of this project, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the roll-out and driving the successful implementation of the GBV IMS in Lebanon, under the supervision of the SGBV Task Force Coordinator and the guidance of UNHCR, UNFPA and UNICEF.
3. Major Activities/Expected Results
With the support of the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator, the incumbent will facilitate the implementation of the GBVIMS in Lebanon, providing technical support to the organizations and agencies using the GBVIMS for data collection through their service provision to GBV survivors in order to improve and expand the use of the GBVIMS. In addition, the incumbent will support national efforts to roll-out the GBVIMS among potential additional GBVIMS users in coordination with the GBVIMS Steering Committee.
The incumbent should work closely and in collaboration with GBVIMS organizations, the National GBV IMS Steering Committee, the SGBV Task Force, the Global Team and all relevant stakeholders and/or coordination bodies.
1. Coordination:
  • Participate in GBVIMS coordination meetings at the field and national levels. Provide all support needed to the field GBV IMS coordinators, including in the identification of new GBV IMS users;
  • Maintain and update the work plan/strategy for the GBVIMS rollout ensuring a clear implementation process per region;
  • Ensure ongoing communication between the field GBVIMS Steering Committees and the national GBV IMS Steering Committees, and between the National GBV IMS Steering Committee and the SGBV Task Force;
  • Assist with any other issues related to the coordination of the GBVIMS.
2. Capacity Building/Coaching: 
  • In coordination with the SGBV Task Force Coordinator, the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator, the National Steering Committee and the Global Team, encourage organizations and agencies to use the GBVIMS through technical support, trouble shooting, training, and quality assurance;
  • Identify capacity building needs and liaise with the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator for follow up;
  • Document concerns, good practices and lessons learned from the rollout process.
3. Information & Analysis: 
  • Participate in and facilitate the process of revising the Information Sharing Protocol (ISP);
  • Support the consolidation of monthly reports from GBVIMS users;
  • Utilize GBVIMS data to support reporting, produce information bulletins for programming and advocacy purposes and every other relevant use.
4. Facilitation and Representation:
  • Help organize support missions to Lebanon and facilitate the delivery of technical outputs;
  • Represent the GBV IMS Steering Committee as requested;
  • All other tasks required from the supervisor.
4. Job Requirements
Core Competencies
  • Integrity/Commitment to mandate: Acts in accordance with UN values and holds himself/herself accountable for actions taken.
  • Knowledge sharing/continuous learning: Takes responsibility for personal learning and career development and actively seeks opportunities to learn through formal and informal means.  Learns from others inside and outside the organization adopting best practices created by others.  Actively produces and disseminates new knowledge.
  • Valuing diversity: Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciates differences in values and learns from cultural diversity. Takes actions appropriate to the religious and cultural context and shows respect, tact and consideration for cultural differences. Observes and inquires to understand the perspectives of others and continually examines his/her own biases and behaviors
  • Working in teams:  Works collaboratively to allow the achievement of common goals and shared objectives. Actively seeks resolution of disagreements and supports decisions of the team.
  • Analytical and strategic thinking:  Uses appropriate analytical tools and logic to gather, define and analyze information, situations and problems and draws logical conclusions from data. Demonstrates an ability to set clear and appropriate priorities focusing on tasks and activities which have a strategic impact on results. Anticipates and meets information needs of the team and other stakeholders.
  • Conflict and self management: Manages personal reactions by remaining calm, composed and patient even when under stress or during a crisis and avoids engaging in unproductive conflict. Expresses disagreement in constructive ways that focus on the issue not the person. Tolerates conditions of uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to work productively.
  • Results orientation/Commitment to excellence: Strives to achieve high personal standard of excellence. Takes action that goes beyond responding to the obvious needs of the situation and persists until successful outcomes are achieved.
Additional Competencies:
  • Offer great organizational skills and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and productively, with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment;
  • Adopt flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently, and to handle requests or issues as they arise;
  • Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues related to confidentiality, data safety and other ethical concerns related to the sharing on sensitive data between humanitarian agencies.
  • Lebanese nationality;
  • MA (preferred) in public health, social work, women/gender studies, humanitarian or development work, or other related degree, or equivalent programming experience;
  • At least 3 years of Programme management or other relevant experience, preferably including at least 1 year implementing a GBV program in a humanitarian context;
  • Experience developing and facilitating workshops;
  • Experience in information management, database development, usage and management;
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyse data/statistics for humanitarian operations;
  • Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Access and database software, including in depth knowledge of pivot table/chart analysis;
  • Fluency in English and, Arabic strongly preferred.

5. Notice:
  • There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process
  • UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply on line by submitting the following:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Updated CV
  • P11 form [click to download] detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the Job Description

The above documents should be submitted to the following email address: info-lebanon@unfpa.org no later than 2nd November 2014.  

UNFPA will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required CV and P11 and in which there is further interest.\

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With the Winner of the Wajih Ajouz Award for 2014 Sakker el Dekkeneh, I had fun animating a workshop at the 4M 201  Beirut Forum . “CAN ONLINE MEDIA HELP CIVIL SOCIETY’S ADVOCACY ROLE?”

Our Workshop was described as the following in the program:

Traditional media in the Arab world often have links with political parties and other interest groups and it is no easy matter for civil society organisations to disseminate their message through those media. Social networks, however, have opened up a new field for those wishing to take on an advocacy role, enabling the message to reach new sectors of the population and to achieve international resonance. There is also less of a gulf separating civil society and decision-makers. The workshop will discuss aspects of successful online advocacy campaigns and the adoption of reforms proposed by civil society groups. The issue of collaboration between online media and civil society will also be addressed.

For those interested in the “Tour of successful Lebanese online campaigns” I gave, please do not hesitate to download and use the presentation.

Online activism ingredients of campaign by RITA CHEMALY october 2014 4M beyrouth

Rita Chemaly

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I was super glad to participate to the 4M Beirut Forum. Meeting and exchanging with people coming from different countries, with different experiences related to activism and sharing of information.

below is a copy of 3 days announcement. more info are available: http://www.4m.cfi.fr/index.php/en/the-forums/4m-beirut-forum/presentation-4m-beirut-forum-2014


توفير المعلومات عبر الإنترنت في العالم العربي: المخاطر، الممارسات والاقتصاد


How are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world?

What impact are they having on the public debate?

At a time when life in the Arab world is becoming more turbulent than ever, the 4M forum in Beirut from 17 to 19 October will analyse the role and place of online media in this complex and highly charged context: how are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world? What impact are they having on the public debate?

At the forum, more than 200 stakeholders from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia will therefore have the opportunity to discuss the practices, new tools, ideas and innovations that they are implementing as part of their everyday activities and to describe the changes that are occurring in the region, in particular the increasing power of citizen journalists.

Participants’ discussions will focus on 3 main themes:

– New media or the redefinition of the media scene in society in the Arab world

– Innovation in terms of production of web based content and the new tools available to journalists

– Media enterprise and economy in the Arab world.

4M Beirut picks up the baton from CFI’s various ongoing projects supporting online media in the Arab world, such as EBTICAR and 4M Mashreq.

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فكيف تُحدث وسائل الإعلام تغييراً جذرياً
في طريقة إنتاج المعلومات في العالم العربي ونشرها؟

ما هو تأثيرها على النقاش العام؟

في خضمّ الغليان الذي يعيشه العالم العربي اليوم، يطرح منتدى “ 4M بيروت” (4M Beyrouth)، من 17 إلى 19 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر، التحديات الكبرى المرتبطة بدور وسائل الإعلام الإلكترونية ومكانتها في هذه البيئة المعقّدة والمتغيّرة. فكيف تُحدث وسائل الإعلام تغييراً جذرياً في طريقة إنتاج المعلومات في العالم العربي ونشرها؟ ما هو تأثيرها على النقاش العام؟

في هذا الإطار، يوفّر المنتدى فرصةً لأكثر من 200 صحافي وناشط وخبير من الأردن، تونس، الجزائر، سوريا، العراق، فلسطين، لبنان، مصر ليبيا، والمغرب، ليتبادلوا المعلومات والآراء حول الممارسات والوسائل الحديثة والأفكار والابتكارات المتعلقة بواقعهم اليومي، ويشهدوا على التحوّلات الراهنة، لا سيّما سطوع نجم صحافة المواطن.

ومن المقرّر أن يتبادل المشاركون الخبرات حول ثلاثة مواضيع أساسية هي: 

– وسائل الإعلام الجديدة أو إعادة تعريف المشهد الإعلامي ضمن المجتمعات العربية.

– الابتكار على صعيد إنتاج المحتوى الإلكتروني والأدوات الجديدة المتوفّرة للصحافيين.

– ريادة الأعمال واقتصاد وسائل الإعلام في العالم العربي.

يندرج منتدى “4M بيروت” ضمن إطار مشاريع مرافقة مختلفة متعلقة بوسائل الإعلام الإلكتروني في العالم العربي، تنفّذها في الوقت الراهنقناة فرنسا الدولية (CFI)، مثل مشروع “ابتكار- ميديا”، و” 4Mالانتقال الرقمي للصحف العربية””، أو أيضاً4M مشرق”.

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feminisation des noms de metiers en france rita chemaly
In arabic and French the “you” and “verbs” can be feminin or masculin, the verbs also can be “conjugated” whether we are addressing men or women.
NGOs in Lebanon began using the feminin part of each verb and we see those “/” at the end of the verbs used in press releases, social releases or others.
here is for example what Kafa wrote on her timeline, I  highlighted the feminisation of the signature, Also is what NCLW  feminised too.
feminisation in Lebanon by institutions Rita Chemaly
Feminisation in Lebanon by NGOs and Women activists Chemaly Rita
In France in March 11 , 1986 Fabius released a “circular” explaining the need to use “feminine” pronouns when we need to address a woman.
Lately a UMP Member of Parliament also got an “amend” because he didn’t respect a woman calling her “Madame le ministre” instead of using the pronoun “la ministre”
For those interested here is a copy of the Offical gazette in France.
Should we do the same in Lebanon? In my opinion having a clear circular about those issues is a must!
here is the article of the express telling the story of what happened on Monday 6 October 2014.

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The image is taken from the Daily Star

The image is taken from the Daily Star

Lebanese soldiers have been kidnapped by ISIS, Daesh and el Nosra for more than 60 days.
till now all we can witness is how the  families of those kidnapped, can  protest by going down the Streets and cutting roads.
No help, especially psychological help is offered for the families.
All I can think off is what those children, mothers, sisters , brothers and dads thinking while their relative are kidnapped on the hands of a terrorist branch?!
what might they think off after seeing one of the colleagues of their children beheaded and getting killed in a horrific and undescreptible manner!
the State must do something and help the families psychologically with a especial unit, but also medically and financially ….
Rita Chemaly

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One of my favourite NGO in Lebanon is recruiting!! interested in joining a dynamic team? I promise the Lucky candidate to learn a lot on the job too!!

below is what has been published on daleel Madani:

Vacancy | Project Coordinator

(6 month assignment | Immediate Recruitment)

ABAAD aims at achieving gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region. ABAAD has a proven record in working in addressing GBV in emergency settings.

The Project Coordinator will oversee the implementation, evaluation and tracking of meeting the project objectives.

Post holder reports to: ABAAD Executive Director

•Contribute to the project implementation in line with the agreed action plan with the project Manager and project partners, and ensure timely responses;
•Facilitate the implementation of ABAAD implemented activities through coordination with the local community actors and with partners in Lebanon and in the region;
•Support the ABAAD Director with the development of various TORs and support with recruitment of consultants and ensure the qualifications match the scope of the work/assignment;
•Consolidate reports on the project implemented activities and enhance learning;
•Facilitate learning and linkages among local staff and partner organizations;
•Assist in the preparation of partners’ contracts, and amendments when deemed necessary
•Contribute to the periodic monitoring of the project as well as learning reviews and ensure proper documentation;
•Capture learning and document the work of successful stories, to ensure that the projects’ inputs are producing positive results in the lives of women;
•Participate in the meetings with the project stakeholders as requested by ABAAD Director;
•Prepare payment requests, floats as needed;

•University degree in social science or related discipline, including gender and development;
•Proven track record of working in a similar capacity with the nation and/or international NGOs in the region;
•Experience in field coordination, monitoring and follow up;
•Experience in event management and coordination;
•Highly skilled in report writing;
•Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic including demonstrable ability to work with others and as part of a team;
•Knowledge and skills in computer usage including word, excel, power point, and social media;
•Good organizational skills;
•Knowledge of gender and gender equality;
•Effective member of team and role model; demonstrates creativity in seeking better ways to do things and shares with team, and promotes high standards.
•Takes responsibility for own work and delegated project/processes (including some leadership);
•Anticipates problems and regularly provides solutions.

Experience required: 2 to 3 years
Education degree: Bachelor Degree Field of education: Social Science or related discipline, including gender and development;


Arabic: Fluent English: Excellent French:

Period: 6 month, renewable upon need


Submission guidelines: Persons interested in applying for the position should send their CV along with a cover letter, to abaad@abaadmena.org and include the job name above in the email subject and cover letter by October 10, 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. ABAAD is an equal employment opportunity organization

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Job Title: Data Analyst Expert
Project: LBN3U705
Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon
Reports to: National Director (NCLW)
Duration of Employment: 4 months (August  1- November  30, 2014)

Since 2006, the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) has been collaborating with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) towards mainstreaming gender aspects in various development platforms, policies, and strategies. In 2012, this collaboration led to the development, consensus and launching of the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon.  The strategy spells out 12 priority objectives identified as essential ones for ensuring that gender equality dimensions are adequately mainstreamed in the social, cultural, economical, and political spheres.  In order to translate this strategic framework into concrete operational actions and results to be achieved by all stakeholders, NCLW developed – in a participatory approach – a plan of action that sets forth key interventions under each of the 12 strategic objectives along with indicators. The four years action plan was validated in early 2013 (2013-2016) and preparatory work was carried out throughout 2013 to transform it onto a soft application to be launched and adopted by all stakeholders by mid -2014.  The compiled data and information requested from stakeholders covers implementation progress made throughout 2013.
Based on the above, NCLW and UNFPA seek to identify and engage a data analyst expert whose prime responsibility is to process and analyze the data received from stakeholders and develop an analytical report. The report shall be drafted and developed based on (a) the compilation of data, (b) related references and (c) women strategy and its action plan.
It is hoped that yearly reports would be developed and disseminated that would allow women machinery, national stakeholders, partners, donors, development agencies, etc to (a) observe/assess progress made at the national and local levels on gender equity, equality, and empowerment of women as well as challenges, (b) monitor the implementation of the women strategy in general and the 3 years action plan in particular, (c) contribute to future CEDAW reports, (d) guide future revisions of the women strategy and development of the next multi-year action plan, and (e) use the report findings for various purposes such as programming, policy development, advocacy and fund raising.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the National Director, the Data Analyst expert will be undertaking various tasks as described below:
  • Prepare a methodological plan with key milestones, timeline and deliverables;
  • Conduct a desk review of pertinent studies, assessments, reports, documents relevant to the objectives of the women strategy and action plan;
  • Review online and raw data received by NCLW and presented through tailored spreadsheets, tables, graphs, etc.;
  • Transform, validate, and model data with the purpose of understanding the data best suited to address given questions/sectors/areas;
  • Analyze the data in accordance with the 12 objectives of the women strategy and plan of action;
  • Explore and apply new data visualization techniques (such as infographics) to increase insight and visibility to data trends;
  • Submit draft report (based on an outline to be discussed with NCLW and UNFPA);
  • Ensure final report is comprehensive and inclusive of all comments obtained from UNFPA and NCLW (as well as others if relevant)
  • Prepare a power point presentation (20-25 slides) summarizing the main findings of the report; and
  • Take part in 1-2 technical meetings to disseminate the findings of the report

The expert will be expected to deliver the following:
  • An analytical Arabic report highlighting progress made, challenges encountered, coordination and partnerships, policy and programme implications and way forward.   The report shall include – in addition to the narrative sections – tables, graphs, quotes, infographics, and references;  (A detailed outline of the report including annexes will be discussed with the expert and agreed upon).  The final report must be edited by the expert.
  • An executive summary document of the report (not more than 10 pages) in English; and
  • A power point presentation (20-25 slides) in Arabic summarizing the main findings of the report
To facilitate the work of the expert, NCLW will be providing the following:
  • Raw data received through the online application
  • Pertinent reports including previous CEDAW reports
  • National women strategy and action plan
  • Review and input on the draft report, executive summary and power point presentation
  • Work space for the expert if need be



Masters degree  in Social Sciences, Anthropology, Women Studies,  Development Studies, or equivalent work experience.


  • At least 6 years of increasingly responsible experience in data analysis and monitoring with focus on gender/development/human rights related work.
  • At least 4 years experience in research (both qualitative and quantitative), with a strong emphasis on spatial analysis
  • Experience in strategic analysis and report writing
  • Familiarity with governmental and non-governmental entities in Lebanon is essential
  • Familiarity with UN work is desirable
  • Working in teams
  • Communicating information and ideas
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise
  • Results orientation/Commitment to excellence
Language requirements
Fluency and excellent writing skills in Arabic.Good English and /or French is essential.

How to apply
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply on line by submitting an updated CV detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the TORs.
The CV should be submitted to the following email address: info@nclw.org.lb no later than October 13, 2014.  
NCLW will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required CV and in which there is further interest.
Source: http://www.unfpa.org.lb/UNFPA-LEBANON/Vacancies-and-Notices.aspx

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The American University of Beirut’s Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

In collaboration with the Arab Studies Institute and George Mason University

First Annual Conference:  Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship

20-22 February 2015
Beirut, Lebanon

Call for Papers

The February 2015 conference commemorates the fourth anniversary of the revolts that began in Tunisia in the final days of 2010 and rapidly spread to nearly half the countries of the Arab region. The revolts provided a stellar example of the power of citizen engagement as millions of people took to the streets and toppled long-time authoritarian regimes or leaders, changing perceptions of the “Arab Street” for good. Four years later, where are those millions? How do we understand and assess their successes or failures in achieving their demands for freedom, dignity and social justice? Do we know enough about the historical roots of civil society activism in the region to ascribe cause-and-effect in regard to these events? What are the medium and long-term prospects for the future of citizenship participation in the public sphere, given the current realities? What are the factors that give rise to hope in some countries or open the pit of despair in others?

The conference does not claim to assess the Arab uprisings as such. Rather, it aims to shed light on the dynamics of civil society and citizen activism in the region, and to promote an understanding of the historical, political, economic and legal factors affecting this activism. It also aims to gather collective wisdom as to the short-and long-term potential for continued citizen engagement, fill knowledge gaps, assist the Asfari Institute to develop its research agenda, and point the way to future programmingThe Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship invites academics and civil society activists to offer their insights and viewpoints through research papers and panel presentations around any of the following six areas of intervention. Both regional perspectives and country-specific case studies are welcome. Five hundred word abstracts will be reviewed by a committee, and selected contributions will be published. The conference is particularly interested in geographic and topical diversity, and such diversity will be taken into consideration in choosing abstracts. Contributions and presentations will be accepted in either English or Arabic. Simultaneous translation will be available during the conference.


1. Civil society in the Arab region today

Historical development and current assessments of civil societies in the region; means methods, objectives and salient features; “civil” vs. “communitarian” or Ahli society; charity, community service and advocacy organizations and their varied impacts; effects of the various globalizations on societies in the region (economic, political, global civil society, cyber/digital civil society); assessing achieved and potential impacts on public policy.

2. The morning after revolt: civil society vs. civil society?

The ‘revolutions’ four years later: who is still engaged, and how; counter-revolution by governmental bodies and also by forces within civil societies; organizing associational networks and understanding citizenship in the context of increasing violence, internal armed conflict, and sectarianism.

3. The exercise of citizenship and collective responsibility

The conflation of concepts of nationality, citizenship, identity and loyalty; effects on citizen engagement in the public sphere; perceptions of individual and collective responsibilities; identity and citizenship within – and beyond borders; Arab expatriate engagements, citizenship ‘in exile’ and returnees.

4. The rulers and the ruled: cultural and legal paradigms

Kings, emirs, and presidents vs. subjects and citizens; ownership of the State; securitization of associational life and public spaces; laws of association and freedom of assembly and expression; role and effect of the human rights movement and advocacy organizations.

5. Collaboration and networking

National and regional civil society networking and mutual support; global civil society networking, its effects and implications; Arab participation in international civil society; ‘digital civil society’ and/or ‘cyber civil society’; assessing equal and unequal relationships.

6. A future agenda

Identifying gaps in knowledge and understanding towards a future research and knowledge building agenda; future directions for collaboration and activities; an agenda for empowering civil society actors; existing and potential empowering; models for hope.

Important Deadlines:

• 500-word abstracts due: October 24, 2014
Please email abstracts as attachments to asfariinst@aub.edu.lb

• Accepted abstracts to be notified by November 7, 2014

• Papers due December 29, 2014

What is the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship?

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at AUB was established to support the development of an informed and engaged citizenry and to promote increased openness, transparency, and accountability at all levels of associational life in the Arab region. It interprets civil society and citizenship broadly and inclusively and aims to foster fruitful dialogue that builds knowledge on traditional and innovative forms of associational life and encourages an active and engaged citizenry across the region on the basis of freedom of expression and association.

The Asfari Institute was launched with the Inaugural Conference New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World on May 23rd 2013. This second conference is the first in a planned series of annual conferences on topics of citizenship and civil society and is an integral element of the Asfari Institute’s interdependent program of evidence-based and policy-oriented research, education, and collaboration with like-minded partners in Arab and international civil society and academia.

Email: asfariinst@aub.edu.lb
Website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/provost/Asfari

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Un excellent Manual de pedagogie universitaire a ete developpe par l’USJ.

Le manuel est tres “amical” “friendly-user” . Aussi j’ai decourvert qu”il souligne l’importance de l’interactivite en classe.

Il couvre les questions les plus importantes que tout enseignant et chercheur-enseignant doit connaitre. ma partie preferee est celle sur le Plagiat. (preparee par Bazan, bravo steph!)

a vous le lien du Manuel: http://www.mpu.usj.edu.lb/doc/Ressources/manuel-de-ped-uni/manuel-complet.pdf

et  chapeau a mon universite!!! 🙂

Rita Chemaly

pedagogie universitaire

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