Projects in MENA
CLI's impact in the MENA region
Tunisia - Good Governance and Youth Engagement

Since February 2017, CLI collaborates with We love Kairouan (WLK), a youth civil society organisation in Kairouan, Tunisia, to strengthen civil engagement, local good governance and decentralisation of the democratic process in Kairouan. WLK supports local identity, culture and environmental awareness in the city and region of Kairouan. In a workshop for key members of the organisation, prepared jointly by WLK and CLI, capacity building and the sharpening of WLK’s mission and strategy for engagement was combined in CLI’s proven approach of integrated capacity building. In a tailored design, the Dialogic Change Model was complemented by the Collective Leadership Compass to address both organisational challenges on a strategic level, and develop next steps in the process of engaging more young people. As a result, several new activities promoting the engagement of more youth in local civil engagement were developed, and a new vision of WLK as a more strategic actor in local good governance took form.

In the coming months, CLI will continue to work with WLK to support the organisation in launching a process of a more strategic collaboration with Kairouan’s key stakeholders in governance and development, in order to provide a more sustainable, and thus successful, perspective of youth’s civil engagement in Kairouan.

Supported by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.

 

Impressions from CLI and We love Kairouan capacity building and planning workshop
Morocco – Innovative Solutions for Remote Provinces

Until today, Morocco’s rural provinces have been marginalized by the countries’ economic growth, which is centred in its northern and coastal regions. In six pilot provinces (Midelt, Ouarzazate, Tata, Zagora, Tinghir and Er-Rachidia) structures for an institutionalised public-private dialogue were set up in order to find innovative solutions to this challenge. Since Mai 2017, CLI is working together with GIZ Morocco and is supporting representatives from each province respectively to render the new dialogue structures dynamic, innovative and inclusive – in short, sustainable and impact-focused.

Morocco - Promoting Economic Development
Building collaboration skills among the project partners in Morocco

Morocco is facing a multitude of economic challenges, so scaling up collaboration skills among relevant partners is essential for the region in order to find innovative solutions. Together with GIZ Morocco, CLI conducted a tailor-made training for stakeholders engaged in promoting micro-enterprises and access to financial education. The stakeholders providing these offers are working in parallel and often in competing constellations, resulting in overlaps and gaps in the needed support.  As a result of CLIs unique, trust-building approach, a first comprehensive overview of existing initiatives among the stakeholders was drawn up and provided the necessary clarity to jointly develop two new initiatives to provide better access to financial education

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Tunisia - The Nebhana Water Forum
Stakeholders signing the Water Charta, Nebhana, Tunisia

A participatory dialogue process to relieve the deficiencies of water management in central Tunisia.

The Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture inaugurated the first Nebhana Water Forum in Sbikha, Governorate of Kairouan, in 2016. In the framework of the GIZ project Appui à la Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (AGIRE) and with the support of CLI, the Tunisian administration and local water users – mainly farmers – worked together in a participatory dialogue process in order to find solutions for sustainable water management. As a first step, a joint Charter was signed among the stakeholders, outlining the grounding principles of a shared approach to the management of the local water resources. Concrete measures for improved water management, developed by both parties, were equally presented.

Severe overexploitation of the existing resources has been acutely threatening the local water supply and the regional economy, as almost 80% of the water us used for agriculture, the major economic sector in the region of Sbikha. Before the Charter was signed, dialogue process of over a year led up to this first Forum and shifted mentalities significantly. The awareness of water resources as a shared responsibility and the recognition of the need to develop and implement solutions in a collaborative way are now firmly established among the stakeholders. A water user stated that ‘we thought the water was always available – with this dialogue we have come to understand that the water supply is in danger, and that we need to talk to each other to find solutions.’

These first results of the dialogue process represented an unprecedented level of local governance in Tunisia, showing, against all odds, a groundbreaking re-establishment of trust between administration and citizens.

 

Regional - Empowering Civil Society in Water Management (ENTIRE)
ENTIRE - Empowering Civil Society in Water Management in the MENA region
The ENTIRE project, funded by the European Union”s Non-State Actors and Local Authorities-programme, empowered regional civil society networks to take an active role in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Southern Mediterranean region. The Collective Leadership Institute, the Arabian Countries Water Utility Association (ACWUA), the Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED), and the German Water Partnership (GWP) were the partners of ENTIRE.
Through built capacity in dialogic change, the goal was to establish technical working groups on utilities management, capacity building and training, management of water resources, water and health, utilities’ reforms, and benchmarking. By training 60 members from ACWUA and RAED networks the dialogic approach was firther disseminated within their projects.
Jordan - Empowering Water Wise Women
Water Wise Women Initiative in Jordan

The Collective Leadership Institute worked with 120 people from the water sector in Jordan on a participatory research (multi-stakeholder dialogue) where the ideas of all involved were counted in with the purpose of establishing a network. The Water Wise Women Initiative was empowered to actively engage, interact, and gain trust with its partners in its communities and at the national level. The Initiative participants learned how to base their work on the dialogic approach and adapt it to the needs of a community of 50 countrywide development centres. The WWWI subsequently established a national network institution that also ensures local women’s participation in public life. The results were an increased water use efficiency of households and communities and a direct impact on gender relations in Jordan.

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