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Arab National and Regional Partners
* Al-Urdun A-Jadid Research Center: 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. * AMAN - The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity: Is a non-profit organization that seeks to contribute to good governance through enhancing and fostering principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in the political system as well as in all sectors of Palestinian society. * Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession: ACIJLP is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the independence of the judiciary and legal profession in the region. The organization is located in Cairo, Egypt. * Arab Center for the Rule of Law and Integrity: ACRLI is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded to strengthen the rule of law, fight societal and governmental corruption and build the foundations of fair, efficient and independent justice systems within the Arab world. * Arab Decision Project: Is developed and maintained by A Concept, editor of mafhoum portal site to the Arab World (www.mafhoum.com). * Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union: Arab-IPU, based in Damascus, Syria, AIPU is an Arab parliamentary organization composed of parliamentary groups representing Arab Parliaments. * Arab Lawyers Union: ALU, based in Cairo, Egypt, includes twenty-four national bar associations of Arab countries and its membership contains more than four hundred thousand Arab lawyers based in 21 Arab countries * Arab NGO Network for Development: 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 Organization for Human Rights: 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 Regional Chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC): The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption�s Arab Region Chapter is a non-profit international organization with the main aim of bringing together parliamentarians and others from the region to combat corruption promote transparency and accountability in order to ensure high standards of integrity in public transactions. * Association for the Development & Enhancement of Women: ADEW believes that the status of female heads of households, a traditionally neglected and disempowered segment of Egyptian society, can only be enhanced by empowering these women socially , legally and economically. * Bibliotheca Alexandrina: 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. * Bisan Center for Research & Development: 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. * Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies: 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. * Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists: A non-governmental organization that aims to provide legal advice to journalists victims of human rights violations- filing lawsuits; legal representation- monitor information related to the legislature and judicial rulings that address journalists and media issues. * Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research: 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. * Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action: Whether working in Lebanon or across the Arab World primarily in Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, CRTD-A seeks to contribute to the social development of local communities and organizations through enhancing their capacity to address the needs of their constituency and through raising awareness on gender, development, poverty and exclusion, for the purpose of creating a more just and equitable environment. * Democratic Association of Women in Morocco [in 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. * Dubai School of Government: 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. * Economic Research Forum: 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. * Egypt NGOs' Forum for Women in Development: 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). * Human Rights Information and Training Center: 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. * Jordan - Ministry of Justice: * Jordanian National Commission for Women: 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. * Lebanese Center for Policy Studies: 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. * Lebanese Transparency Association: LTA is a Lebanese non-governmental organization that was founded in May 1999 by group of business people, academics, economists, lawyers and intellectuals dedicated to promoting transparency and fighting corruption. * Lebanon - Ministry of State for Administrative Reform: Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform * Machreq/Maghreb Gender Linking and Information Project: MacMag Glip is a forum for debate, learning and exchange on women, gender and development amongst interested groups in the Middle East and the Maghreb region. The project works to create a medium for debate amongst individuals and organizations for the sharing of information and learning on gender within and across the Middle East/Maghreb region, to strengthen the practical skills and conceptual knowledge of gender and development issues, to develop a sustainable pool of local experts, and to develop communication material, learning and training resources and documentation on women, gender and development issues in Arabic. * National Center for Judicial Studies: Ministry of Justice, Egypt. * Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development: 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. * Syrian Women League: 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. * Transparency International Morocco [in French]: Transparency International Morocco was established to fight all forms of corruption and to promote a national system of integrity. It aims to support studies that target a better comprehension of corruption mechanisms necessary to resist corruption and engage politicians and governmental milieus to promote transparency. * Union of Arab Banks: 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 * 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. .
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International Partners
* American Bar Association: The American Bar Association aims to be the national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law. * AMIDEAST - America-Mideast Educational and Training Services: AMIDEAST is a private, nonprofit organization working to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the people of the Middle East and North Africa. * Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ): GTZ is a government-owned corporation for international cooperation with worldwide operations. GTZ is a co-funder of a documentary film being prepared under the Gender/Citizenship initiative. * Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network: The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) is a network of more than 60 human rights organizations from over 20 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It aims to contribute to the protection and promotion of the human rights principles embodied in the Barcelona Declaration of November 1995 and in the bilateral association agreements between the EU and its Mediterranean partners. * Government of Belgium: This is the official internet portal for the Government of Belgium. * Government of Denmark: This is the official internet portal for the Government of Denmark. * Government of Norway: This is the official internet portal for the Government of Belgium. * Government of the Netherlands: This is the official internet portal for the Government of the Netherlands. * Institute for the Relations between Italy and the Countries of Africa, Latin America, Middle and Far East (IPALMO): Institute for the Relations between Italy and the Countries of Africa, Latin America,Middle and Far East (IPALMO) is an institute for research and studies of international politics and economics, economic and cultural cooperation, regional integration, environmental sustainability, and relations between countries at different degree of development. * International Development Law Institute: The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is an inter-governmental development organization, which aims to promote sustainable development through improvement and maintenance of the legal and judicial systems of the developing countries and countries in economic transition. * International Development Research Centre: The IDRC is a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research. IDRC is involved in development programs in a number of Arab countries. * International Foundation for Electoral Systems: IFES provides professional advice and technical assistance in promoting democracy and serves as an information clearinghouse on democratic development. In addition to its comprehensive work in election support, IFES programming extend to governance, rule of law, civil society. * International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance: IDEA was established to promote sustainable democracy worldwide. IDEA is mandated to engage in a wide variety of activities designed to advance democracy and to improve the quality of democratic governance, nationally and internationally. * Iraq Study Group: The Iraq Study Group is a bipartisan group of prominent Americans working on four broad topics: the strategic environment in and around Iraq; the security of Iraq and key challenges to enhancing security within the country; political developments within Iraq following the elections and formation of the new government; and the economy and reconstruction. * National Center for State Courts: NCSC is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of justice. It is active in the United States and internationally. * Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development - Development Co-operation Directorate: OECD- DAC is the principal body through which the OECD deals with issues related to co-operation with developing countries. * Parliamentary Center of Canada: An independent non-profit organization with a mandate to support the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada in the fields of international relations and trade. The Center has undertaken parliamentary development programs in Russia, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. * U.S. Department of State - Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs: The Bureau advises the President, Secretary of State, other bureaus in the Department of State, and other departments and agencies within the U.S. Government on the development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime and is committed to the international fight against corruption. * United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office: The purpose of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is to work for the United Kingdom's interests in a safe, just and prosperous world. It also aims to promote the United Kingdom, its commercial and other interests, across the world. * United Nations - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: OHCHR's mission is to protect and promote all human rights for all. * Westminster Foundation for Democracy: A United Kingdom democracy-building foundation that funds projects around the world which are aimed at building and strengthening pluralist democracies, such as: Political parties, Parliaments or other representative institutions, Legal reform, Human rights groups, Independent Media, Women�s organizations and projects, Other political non-governmental organizations, Election systems or administration and Trades Unions. * World Bank Group: The Bank, one of the world's largest sources of development assistance, works on number of development needs; health, education, social development, including governance, and institution-building as key elements of poverty reduction, the protection of the environment, the support of private business development and the promotion of reforms for development.
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UN Partners
* Global Programme for Parliamentary Strengthening (GPPS): The Global Programme for Parliamentary Strengthening (GPPS) provides support to parliaments to ensure that they have the capacity, resources and necessary independence to carry out their core functions effectively. * UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs: DESA's main objective is to promote broad-based and sustainable development through a multidimensional and integrated approach to economic, social, environmental, population and gender related aspects of development. * UN Division for Public Economics and Public Administration: The United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs - Division for Public Economics and Public Administration (UN-DESA/DPEPA) assists Member States in ensuring that their governance systems, administrative and financial institutions, human resources and policy development processes function in an effective and participatory manner by fostering dialogue, promoting and sharing information and knowledge and providing technical and advisory service. * United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia: 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. * United Nations Foundation: UN Foundation's mission is to support the goals and objectives of the United Nations and its Charter, in order to promote a more peaceful, prosperous and just world - with special emphasis on the UN's work on behalf of economic, social, environmental and humanitarian causes. * United Nations Office for Project Services: UNOPS is an arm of the United Nations that provides project-management services in every field where the UN has a mandate. UNOPS manages development projects or provides specialized services, as needed. These services include selecting and hiring project personnel, procuring goods, organizing training, managing financial resources and administering loans. * United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance: UNPAN focuses on issues of promoting public policies, good governance systems and institutions, civil service and public sector reform and management innovation and development and sound public finance. UNPAN network provides access to the UN Division for Public Economics and Public Administration services, activities, publications and statistical resources.
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