Who we are?

We are a regional coalition of Civil Society from MENA, whose watching the operations of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in the region to make sure that the development processes are inclusive, participatory, just, and sustainable for all. We engage with of civil society, communities and right-holders to prompt their impact on the development agendas and priorities.

Our Story

Fueled by common determination to transgress the development paradigms and shift the status quo, and sharing the same socio-economic and environmental concerns, a group of 23 civil society actors from 6 countries of MENA region have been working together for years before they officially founded the Arab Watch Coalition in Beirut, April 2018.

What we do?

Being aware of the central role of International Financial institutions in shaping the entire development pathways, whereas local communities cannot take part in the its agenda, priorities and implementation in their own territories.
We are determined to achieve factual impact on the development model in place, we seek to articulate alternatives that puts society and its people in the center, instead of weighing on their shoulders for generations.

Our Methodology

Civic Participation

Provide necessary technical and financial support to activate CSOs impact on IFIs operations;

Disclose information on IFIs’ operations to civil society groups;

Conduct workshops with CSOs on different entry points to IFIs mandates and policies;

Develop and disseminate materials on IFIs mechanisms.

Advocacy

Expand access to IFIs’ international accountability mechanisms;

Facilitate thematic meetings with civil society actors and IFIs representatives;

Enable dialectical exchange on specific IFIs’ operation and CSOs;

Submit alternative proposals related to IFIs activities and policies.

Accountability

Expand access to IFIs’ international accountability mechanisms;

Facilitate thematic meetings with civil society actors and IFIs representatives;

Enable dialectical exchange on specific IFIs’ operation and CSOs;

Submit alternative proposals related to IFIs activities and policies.

Networking

Exchange information with regional and international organizations with the same nature of actions;

Facilitate vertical networking with international NGOs with potential influence on IFIs’ decision-making;

Organize local and regional activities of exchange and coordination between AWC and other similar organization: meetings, gatherings, field visits, and conferences.

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As agreed upon its biennial General Assembly, Arab Watch Coalition draws its objectives and adopts its strategy framework.

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