Arab Watch Coalition held its Second General Assembly, on October 21th which gathered 27 organization members from the region: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen.
The Coalition reviewed its updated status, main achievements undertaken during the last two years (2018-2020) and ongoing actions around the region. One essential achievement was congratulated by AWC organization members, the strategic efforts taken during the campaign Save the Bisri Valley in Lebanon which was a victory, on September 5, 2020, the World Bank officially canceled its $244 million loan for the Bisri Dam project. Lessons learned from this campaign in terms of global mobilization and strategic actions have aroused huge motivations among the organization members around the region.
Arab Watch Coalition welcomed the efforts deployed by the former Board of Directors since the founding of the coalition in 2018. They then formally handed over responsibility to the new elected Board of Directors for the two next years :
Ahmed is the Founder and Director of Phenix Center for Economics and Informatics Studies that focuses on economic and labor issues in Jordan. He is a founding number of Arab Watch Coalition, and he represents the AWC Jordanian members in the Board.
Mohammed Loutfy, Secretary
Lebanese Union for People with Disabilities (LUPD)
Mohammed is a founding member and Executive Director of the Arab Forum for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and active member of the Lebanese Union for Physically Handicaps (LUPH). Mohammed represents the Lebanese AWC members in the Board.
Nadia Hmaity, Treasurer
Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM)
Nadia is a board member of the Association Democratique des Femmes du Moroc (ADFM). She has many years of experience as a consultant in marketing and communication. Nadia represents the Moroccan AWC members in the Board.
Yahya is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Yemen Observatory for Human Right (YOHR. He has over 25 years of experience as an economics researcher. Yahya is also a founding member of Arab Watch Coalition, and he represents the Yemeni AWC members in the Board.
Seham Bouazza, Member
Association Tunisienne pour le Droit du Développement (ATDD)
Seham is a Co-Founder and the Director of the Association Tunisienne pour le Droit du Developpement (ATDD). She has over 15 years of experience in legal issues. Seham is also a founding member of Arab Watch Coalition, and she represents the Tunisian AWC members in the Board.
Mustafa is the President of Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq. He has 10 years of experience as a journalist. Mustafa represents the Iraqi AWC members in the Board.
Suzane Nada, Member
Human Rights' activist from Egypt
Suzan is a human rights activist and lawyer in Egypt. She is a founding member of Arab Watch Coalition, and she represents the Egyptian AWC members in the Board.
Each of the organization members has presented their work in relation to IFIs operating in their countries which raised main common constraints in terms of information accessibility, operations transparency and accountability mechanisms which implies opening channels with stakeholders. AWC has listed these issues as main priorities to draw up in the next 2020-2022 working plan.