Second General Assembly – 2020

Second General Assembly – 2020

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 :

Yahya Saleh, Secretary
Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights (YOHR)
Yahya is the Co-founder and Executive Director of YOHR, he has over 25 year experience as an economics researcher.
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 LUPD.
Nadia Hmaity, Treasurer
Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM)
Nadia is a board member of the ADFM:democratic association of women of morocco. She has years of experience as a consultant is marketing and communication.
Ahmad Awad, Member
Phenix Center for Economic and Informatic Studies
Ahmad is the Founder and Director of Phenix Center that focuses on economic and labor issues in Jordan and he is a founding member of Arab Watch Coalition.
Seham Bouazza, Member
Association Tunisienne pour le Droit du Développement (ATDD)
Seham is Co-Founder and Director of ATDD and she has over 15 years of experience in legal issues.
Mustafa Naser, Member
Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq
Mustafa is the President of PFAA in Iraq and he has almost 10 year experience as a journalist.

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.

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