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Algeria - Ministry of Justice [Arabic][French].
The functions of the central administration in the Ministry of Justice are regulated by Executive Decree No. 333 of 2004. The Ministry of Justice supervises the activities of the judicial authorities that settle civil, commercial, administrative, social and arbitration disputes. Through the “directorate of Penal Affairs and Pardon Procedures”, the Ministry of Justice also supervises the activities of public prosecutions, republic prosecutions, investigation bureau and judicial authorities that decide on penal acts, including corruption, The Directorate of Legal and Judicial Cooperation in the Ministry participates in drafting and formulating international legal agreements and proposing necessary amendments for integrating and harmonizing national legislation with international standards. Mr. Tayeb Beleez is the Minister of Justice.
Algeria - National People's Assembly [English][Arabic][French].
Bahrain - Civil Service Bureau [English][Arabic].
The Bahraini Civil Service Bureau aims to promote and increase civil service performance standards and productivity, as well as achieve equality in employee treatment and develops management.
Egypt - Association for the Development & Enhancement of Women [English][Arabic].
ADEW believes that the status of female heads of households, a traditionally neglected and dis-empowered segment of Egyptian society, can only be enhanced by empowering these women socially , legally and economically.
Egypt - Bibliotheca Alexandrina [English][Arabic][French].
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina aims to be a center of excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge and to be a place of dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and peoples.
Egypt - Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies [English][Arabic].
The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is an independent non-governmental organization, working on promoting respect for values and principles of human rights and democracy in Egypt and the Arab region through publications, education, research and specialized studies.
Egypt - Egypt NGOs' Forum for Women in Development [English].
This is a local network of Egyptian development NGOs including women groups, health and environment groups, training centers and other local organizations, which have agreed on the need for cooperation among women's groups in Egypt to face various pressures. The forum works to develop the capacities and skills of the participant organizations, to enhance the role of Egyptian NGOs working in the field of gender, to observe and document women's status and Egypt’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Egypt - Egyptian NGO Support Center [English][Arabic].
It is a membership-based NGO that provides organizational capacities building of Egyptian NGOs, legal consultation and information concerning consultants, associations and donors serving civil society.
Egypt - Ministry of Finance [English][Arabic].
Egypt - Ministry of State for Administrative Development [English][Arabic].
Egypt - National Center for Judicial Studies [Arabic].
Ministry of Justice, Egypt.
Egypt - National Council for Human Rights [Arabic].
The National Council of Human Rights is independent in practicing its functions, activities and jurisdiction. It aims at promoting and developing human rights, consolidating their values, spreading awareness of these rights and ensuring their practice.
Egypt - People's Assembly [English][Arabic][French].
Iraq - Independent High Electoral Commission [English][Arabic].
The IHEC is an independent body, set up and run using funds allocated in the Iraqi Budget. The Commission is tasked by law to prepare for and conduct elections in Iraq in accordance with the highest international electoral standards. It must be completely impartial and thoroughly professional in order to help ensure the credibility of the coming polls.
Iraq - Ministry of Foreign Affairs [English][Arabic].
Iraq - UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [English][Arabic].
Jordan - Al-Urdun A-Jadid Research Center [English][Arabic].
UJRC is independent Jordanian research center engaged in governance research and studies as well as organizing seminars for discussion, dialogue, training, consultations and the exchange of expertise.
Jordan - Ministry of Justice  [English][Arabic].
The Ministry of Justice was established on April 11, 1921, as the executive arm of the Jordanian judiciary. The institutional goals of the Ministry of Justice are: 1- Raise the institutional capacity and competence of the Ministry of Justice and the judiciary, enabling them to perform their duties and provide their services with competence and efficiency. Minister of Justice: Mr Ayman ODEH. 2- Provide the necessary financial, human, and technical resources for the courts to improve judicial performance. 3- Modernize and develop legislation, particularly as relate to the economy and investment, and review regional and international judicial cooperation agreements. 4- Spread a legal culture among all sectors of society. The Judicial Inspection Directorate was first established in accordance with Regular Courts' Inspection Regulation No. 105 of 1965,It now exercises its authority under Judicial Inspection Regulation No. 47 of 2005, which is aligned with the strategic direction of the Jordanian Judiciary.The Directorate is responsible for inspecting trial judges, execution judges, members of the Attorney General’s office, and State Lawyers Assistants at least once a year for appointment or promotion purposes.
Jordan - Ministry of Public Sector Development [English][Arabic].
Jordan - National Commission for Women [English][Arabic].
JNCW is a semi-governmental commission that was established in 1992 to promote women's issues in Jordan. The commission represents the Kingdom of Jordan in all issues pertaining to women's affairs at national, regional, and international levels. Its mission is to support the mainstreaming of a gender-equality perspective in all policy areas, to improve the status of women and enhance their role in national development, to encourage the participation of women in economy, politics, and decision making, and to strengthen women's legal rights.
Jordan - Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development [English][Arabic].
The Institute ZENID was established in 1994 to promote development by providing training and research to improve the skills of practitioners in Jordan and across the region. Through a human rights-based approach to development, ZENID encourages gender equity in all its activities, and advocates policy changes to bring lasting improvements to the lives of poor communities. The institute offers technical support and assistance to a variety of organizations and individuals, ranging from voluntary groups, NGOs, and governmental agencies, to women's organizations, students and youth.
Lebanon - Collective for Research and Training on Development - Action [English][Arabic].
The Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action is a non-governmental organization that seeks to contribute to the social development of local communities and organizations through enhancing capacities particularly in gender analysis, gender and development, poverty and exclusion, for the purpose of contributing to creating a more just and equitable environment.
Lebanon - House of Representatives [Arabic][French].
Lebanon - Lebanese Center for Policy Studies [English].
LCPS is an independent, non-profit research institute based in Beirut. It is concerned with issues of political, social, and economic development. LCPS publishes studies and organizes conferences that analyze and aim to improve public policy. It also publishes extensive materials online to increase public awareness of critical policy issues.
Lebanon - Lebanese Transparency Association [English].
The Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA), established in May 1999, has been affiliated with the TI movement since 2003. It is the first Lebanese NGO that focuses on curbing corruption and promoting principles of good governance.
Lebanon - Ministry of Justice  [Arabic].
The Ministry of Justice exercises administrative supervision of courts, public prosecutions, judicial affairs and the Judicial Studies Institute. The Ministry strives to upgrade the efficiency and capabilities of its employees. It is concerned with establishing relations with national and international legal institutions, and strives to enhance exchange of opinion on different legal issues. The Ministry drafts laws and updates legislation. It aims to consolidate the independence of the judiciary and activate bilateral and international judicial operation. The judicial inspection commission assumes, under the supervision of the Minister of Justice, supervision over the following bodies: justice and administrative courts in the Ministry, Audit Bureau, notary publics, bankruptcy experts and agents, and provisional conciliation supervisors. The Minister of Justice is Mr. Ibrahim Najjar.
Lebanon - Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform [English][Arabic][French].
Lebanon - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) [English].
ESCWA promotes economic and social development through regional and sub regional cooperation and integration and serves as the main general economic and social development forum within the United Nations system for the ESCWA region.
Morocco - Democratic Association of Women in Morocco [French].
The association is an independent women association that was founded in 1985 by a group of activists for gender equality. ADFM works to guarantee judicial equality, mainly in the application of family laws, to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women, to promote full participation and representation of women in the public sphere and in all institutions and decision-making bodies, and to promote a positive image of women in society through capacity building programs and women’s rights initiatives.
Morocco - Higher Institute of Justice [Arabic][French].
Morocco - Ministry of Justice [English][Arabic][French].
The Ministry of Justice is responsible for: qualifying the judges, revising legal criminal procedures, establishing a family judicial system, establishing courts that handle business cases, consolidating the foundations of a state based on law and institutions, updating legislation, consolidating the independence of the judiciary and activating bilateral and international judicial cooperation. According to Article No. 385.98.2 of 1998 which define the jurisdiction and organization of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry includes several departments. One such department is the Department of Criminal Affairs and Pardon. This Department is responsible for activating and supervising the work of public prosecution with regard to the Criminal code; revives public action before the special court of justice; tracking economic and financial crimes and monitoring the crime phenomenon. The Minister of Justice is Mohammad El-Tayeb Al-Nasseri.
Morocco - Morocco 2020 [French].
The association Morocco 2020 is a reflection forum; it is a meeting place for the motivated members of civil society who want to be involved in debates of thoughts in an objective way.
Morocco - Transparency Morocco [French].
Transparency Morocco (Association Marocaine de lutte contre la corruption) was officially founded in 1996 by a group of citizens to face an alarming situation of corruption and lack of transparency, ethics and good governance. The organization has been a TI National Chapter since 1999.
Occupied Palestinian Territories - Bisan Center for Research & Development [English].
Bisan is an independent non-profit organization, which pursues a comprehensive approach to community development in Palestine, using research and training as an integral part of this approach.
Occupied Palestinian Territories - Coalition for Accountability and Integrity - AMAN [English][Arabic].
The AMAN-Coalition for Integrity and Accountability (TI Palestine) was established in the year 2000 as an initiative by a number of Palestinian civil society organizations working in the fields of democracy, human rights, and good governance. In 2006 AMAN was granted National Chapter status by Transparency International making it the third full-accredited chapter in the Arab World after Lebanon and Morocco.
Occupied Palestinian Territories - Ministry of Justice [Arabic].
The Ministry of Justice assumes administrative supervision over courts, monitors the affairs of the judicial system and approving the draft budget of the judicial authority. The Ministry also oversees public prosecution through the Minister of Justice who appoints the work places of members of the public prosecution, transferring them to other court districts, submitting them to other court districts, submitting them to investigation or filing disciplinary law suits against them. The Ministry prepares legislation pertaining to establishment of the constitutional court, administrative courts, administrative prosecution and the State Cases Commission. The Ministry of Justice attends to capacity building of its employees, organizes the translation profession, establishes relations with national and international legal institutions, strengthens exchange of legal opinion on all human rights issues. The Minister of Justice is Mr. Ali Khashan.
Occupied Palestinian Territories - Ministry of Planning [English][Arabic].
Sudan - Ministry of Justice [Arabic].
The law that organizes the Ministry of Justice was passed in 1983 and is still effective. It defined the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice as follows: the Minister of Justice is the legal consultant for the State. He represents the State in all affairs that have a legal character. The Ministry strives to enforce the rule of law, improve the performance of the legal profession, revise and reform laws. The Ministry also encourages conducting and publishing legal research; formulates draft laws and provides assistance to State agencies in formulating their decisions and writing contracts and agreements. The Minister of Justice is Mr. Abdel-Baset Saleh Sbidrat.
Syria - Syrian Women League [English].
SWL was established in 1948 as a democratic women's organization and a contributing member in Women's International Democratic Federation (WIDF) and a member in the Women Permanent Arab Court to Resist Violence against Women. Its objectives are to spread awareness about women's issues, to introduce modifications and develop the civil status code/law to conform to the principle of equality in rights between men and women, and to advocate the integration and the mainstreaming of gender in public policies.
Tunisia - Prime Minister's Office  [English].
United Arab Emirates - Dubai School of Government [English][Arabic].
The Dubai School of Government aims to enhance public governance and contribute to the intellectual advancement of the study of government, by working with international talent and cultivating regional expertise.
Yemen - Human Rights Information and Training Center [English][Arabic].
Human Rights Information and Training Center (HRITC) is a private, civil, non-governmental, non-profitable organization, which aims at enhancing human rights values in Yemen and the Arab World and is committed to all international charters, agreements and declarations published by the United Nations.
Yemen - Ministry of Justice  [Arabic].
The Ministry of Justice is entrusted with preparing draft laws and regulations related to the Ministry’s work and its agencies, as well as those related to the judiciary. The Ministry attends to building and equipping judicial buildings; qualifying judicial personnel and improving their performance; using modern information systems for collecting statistical data and judicial documents. The Ministry also supervises and carries out periodic and surprise inspection of all financial, administrative and technical activities internally and in courts. The Ministry of Justice creates judicial awareness in society at large; develops and promotes relations among the agencies of the judicial authority and other public authorities; promotes judicial and technical cooperation; formulates draft regional and international agreements pertaining to judicial matters. The Minister of Justice is Mr. Ghazi Sha’if Al-Aghbari.
Yemen - Women Affairs Support Center .
WASC was founded by Yemeni human rights activists following the Yemeni conference on violence against women, which was held in Sana'a in 1998. Its main goals are to strengthen the social, economic and political role of Yemeni women, and raise general public awareness on gender and women issues. .
Arab Countries - Arab Decision Project [English][Arabic].
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Arab Countries - Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development [English][Arabic].
The "Fund" is an autonomous regional Pan-Arab development finance organization. Its membership consists of all states who are members of the League of Arab States and its function is to assist the economic and social development of Arab countries.
Arab Countries - Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union [English][Arabic][French].
The Arab Inter Parliamentary Union is one of the geopolitical groups of the Inter Parliamentary Union representing the Arab region.
Arab Countries - Arab NGO Network for Development [English][Arabic].
ANND is a democratic, voluntary, civil, independent, non-sectarian, and non-religious organization consisting of Arab NGOs and national networks active in the fields of social development, human rights, gender, and the environment.
Arab Countries - Arab Organization for Human Rights [English][Arabic].
AOHR is a regional non-governmental organization that aims to promote and protect Human Rights in the Arab World in accordance with international standards.
Arab Countries - Arab Planning Institute [English][Arabic]. 1972
The Arab Planning Institute is a non-profit regional organization which aims at advancing the cause of economic and social development in Arab countries through training, research, consultancy, expert-group meetings, and publication.
Arab Countries - Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists [English][Arabic].
The Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) is a non-profit non-government organization that seeks to defend the freedom and safety of journalists, improve their skills and empower their access to information. It also seeks to contribute to the amendment and development of the legislations related to freedom of media.
Arab Countries - Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research [English].
CAWTAR, located in Tunis-Tunisia, was created in 1993 as an independent international institution, working on a regional basis to undertake research on Arab women and the issues affecting them. Its mission is to provide gender related information to help raise awareness among planners of the need to ensure that women are brought into decision-making at all levels, and enabled to contribute to the development process effectively.
Arab Countries - Economic Research Forum [English].
The Economic Research Forum (ERF) is an independent, non-governmental, nonprofit organization; its mission is to initiate and fund policy-relevant economic research, to publish and disseminate the results of research activity to scholars, policymakers, and the business community, and to function as a resource base for researchers through its databank and documentation library.
Arab Countries - Jordanian Center for Social Research [English][Arabic]. 1998
The Jordan Center for Social Research (JCSR) is an independent and not-for-profit institution. The Center aims at fostering and promoting scientific knowledge on various aspects of the Jordanian and MENA region. Its main areas of interest are: Social inequality, Poverty and Unemployment, Gender Inequality, and Violence against women and children.
Arab Countries - League of Arab States [English][Arabic].
The League of Arab States is a voluntary association of independent countries whose peoples are mainly Arabic speaking. Its stated purposes are to strengthen ties among the member states, coordinate their policies, and promote their common interests. Founded in Cairo in 1945 by Egypt, the League of Arab States at the present time includes the 22 Arab countries of West Asia and North Africa. The League is involved in political, economic, cultural, and social programs designed to promote the interests of member states. Since 2004 the Summits held by the League became one of the core inter-state venues of discussions on good governance and anti-corruption in the Arab Region. The League of Arab States is a key partner of the UNDP’s Programme on Governance in the Arab Region (POGAR); a close cooperation takes place on various activities, in particular those organized in the framework of Arab Anti Corruption and Integrity Network (ACINET).
Arab Countries - Union of Arab Banks [English][Arabic].
UAB promotes Arab common economic practices in the process of building and developing banking cooperation for the benefit of economic, financial, and banking development in the Arab world