Partners

Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies

Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies

The Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, based in Baghdad, was founded in 2012 and specializes in Iraqi national security affairs. Its goal is to contribute to security and stability in Iraq and the region. Linked to the Iraqi National Security Council, Al-Nahrain Center provides decision makers with studies, research and specialists on political and security issues. Furthermore, it holds seminars, conferences and workshops in order to enhance cooperation and an exchange of ideas between Iraq’s political parties and various national, regional and international actors.
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Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies

Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies

The Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies is an independent, non-profit Iraqi think tank based in Baghdad. Its primary goal is to offer an authentic perspective on public and foreign policy issues related to Iraq and the region by conducting independent research and analysis. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity of educational institutions and civil society organizations through providing grants for research and fieldwork, convening conferences and workshops, and providing training services to governmental institutions and universities.
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Advanced Democracy for Sustainable Peace

Advanced Democracy for Sustainable Peace

Advanced Democracy for Peace (AD 4 Peace) is an NGO based in Lebanon. It was founded in 2016 to promote the culture of democracy and dialog and seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts by peaceful means. The organization conducts seminars, workshops, studies and media campaigns, and is active in a range of fields reaching from cultural and social to educational and leisure topics.
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European Technology and Training Center

European Technology and Training Center

The European Technology and Training Center (ETTC) was opened by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 2009 and works as an NGO for the political and economic development of Iraqi-Kurdistan. It provides capacity building measures in the fields of good governance, democracy, human rights, rule-of-law as well as humanitarian relief and is engaged in activities to further local businesses and startups. As an independent, Erbil-based organization, ETTC cooperates with international partners and hosts workshops, trainings and other events.
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Hamzet Wasel

Hamzet Wasel

Hamzet Wasel is a group of civic and non-violent activists based in Lebanon. Its mission is to reduce displacement, asylum and conflicts. The group aims to empower and motivate individuals and civil society to obey a role in peacebuilding and democratic change in Syria. The target groups of their projects are IDPs and Syrian refugees. Hamzet Wasel has experience working in local community development on different levels and in different sectors such as: active citizenship, civic & political activism, community leadership, peace-building, social cohesion & stability, culture, diversity, psychosocial support, solidarity journalism, documentation of human rights violations, and development aid.
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Institute of Regional and International Studies

Institute of Regional and International Studies

The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) is an independent research centre based in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). IRIS is housed at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Through multidisciplinary research, strategic partnerships, a fellowship program, and open dialogue events among experts and influential public leaders, IRIS examines the complex issues facing the KRI, Iraq and the Middle East. The institute’s main focus areas include energy and economy, IDP, refugee and minority issues, post-ISIS Iraq, and gender.
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Iraqi Institution for Development

Iraqi Institution for Development

The Iraqi Institution for Development (IID) was established in 2003 by a group of young professionals from different cultural and religious backgrounds in Mosul. The main focus of the organization's work is conducting research and providing training and consultancy in human rights and peacebuilding, and to disseminate the principles of freedom of expression without discrimination on the basis of religion, gender or creed. IID aspires to create a society that respects human rights and a culture of developed democratic dialogue, and works towards increasing political participation in Iraq.
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Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) of the American University of Beirut is an independent research and policy-oriented institute. Inaugurated in 2006, the institute aims to harness, develop, and initiate policy-relevant research in the Arab-region. The IFI is committed to expanding and deepening knowledge production in and about the Arab region and to creating a space for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among researchers, civil society actors and policy-makers.
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Kesh Malek

Kesh Malek

Kesh Malek is a non-profit civil society organization, located in Gaziantep. Its activities focus on the Aleppo region and Northern Syria, where the organization was founded in 2011, during the start of the Syrian revolution. Kesh Malek follows the vision of a democratic and free Syrian state that enforces human rights, supports justice and encourages diversity. For this cause, the organization implements civil society and educational measures that serve to fill the local gap in the public sector which resulted from the absence of state power. Kesh Malek especially targets women and children who are to be involved into the civil society more strongly.
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Maison du Futur

Maison du Futur

Maison du Futur (MDF) is a research, analysis and dialogue institute based in Beirut that explores viable alternative futures for the Middle East with a special focus on Lebanon. Founded in 1975 and re-launched after the Lebanese civil war, Maison du Futur aims at providing a platform to formulate short and mid-term strategies for sustainable economic development, legitimate government, religious pluralism, and minority rights in the Arab World. In order to achieve their mission, MDF holds events with international and regional experts on a regular basis, deepening the discourse on current issues and keeping the debate relevant.
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Masarat

Masarat

Masarat for Cultural and Media Development (MCMD) is a non-profit organization registered in Iraq that focuses on minorities, collective memory studies and interfaith dialogue. The organization publishes magazines, books and studies in the field of cultural diversity, literature, history and sociology, with the objective of promoting cultural development in Iraq and the Arab world. MCMD produces a series of documentary films dealing with minority rights and public freedoms. Masarat established the Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue (ICID) in 2013.
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Middle East Research Institute

Middle East Research Institute

The Middle East Research Institute (MERI) is an independent, non-profit organization based in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. MERI's mission is to contribute to the process of nation building and democratization in the Middle East via engagement, research, analysis and policy debates. Its key objectives are to promote and develop human rights, democracy, good governance, the rule of law and social and economic prosperity. MERI is committed to open access and makes its research available to the general public through publications, workshops, seminars and conferences.
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Open Think Tank

Open Think Tank

The Open Think Tank (OTT) in Dohuk is committed to the promotion of capacity building and social change in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The think tank conducts research, conferences and trainings on a broad range of topics concerning the KRI in order to offer reliable and politically neutral information and analysis on the region and the developments within it. Furthermore, its activities include policy advocacy, supporting local policy makers and NGOs with regard to sustainable solutions for regional problems in a wide range of issues.
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Sharq for Citizen Development

Sharq for Citizen Development

Active in the region since 2011, the non-profit organization aims to promote and strengthen pluralism and independent thought throughout the Arab world. It aims to give Arab citizens a platform and to engage in honest productive interactions. Sharq for Citizen Development does so through various training and publishing activities and by hosting events that promote and enable exchange of expertise, experience and ideas.
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Syria Direct

Syria Direct

Syria Direct is a non-profit journalism organization that produces timely, credible coverage of Syria while training highly talented, aspiring Syrian journalists in professional news-gathering and accurate, in-depth reporting. Its commitment is to use the highest journalistic standards for these Syrians to tell their own stories, to set the news agenda and to instil principles of independent, critical thinking in their reporters.
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Women Empowerment Organization

Women Empowerment Organization

The Women Empowerment Organization (WEO) is an Iraqi NGO located in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Its goal is to enhance the participation of women in the Iraqi society and the protection of their rights. To this end, WEO holds seminars, conferences and workshops with regional and international rights activists. Women and Iraqi youth are assisted in locating employment opportunities, which enable them to actively contribute to the rebuilding and development of Iraq. Besides that, WEO conducts campaigns and advocacy measures to raise awareness for the issue of human rights in general and women’s rights in particular among local decision makers.
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Women Rehabilitation Organization

Women Rehabilitation Organization

The Women Rehabilitation Organization (WRO) is an independent Iraqi-Kurdish non-profit NGO. It advocates peace and capacity building, economic empowerment, child protection and development, as well as the participation of women in political process. The organization provides psychosocial and legal support, addresses refugee issues, fights gender based violence and promotes education. Also, the WRO provides front line aid and water supply, encourages women’s rights and health care, and creates a platform to bring various actors together. They act on a regional as well as on a global level.
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Yahad in Unum – Action Yazidi

Yahad in Unum – Action Yazidi

Action Yazidis is an initiative by Yahad-In Unum, an independent, international human rights organization. Its main goal is to reveal and denounce genocide in all its forms. Its mission is to uncover facts of genocidal practices wherever they are found and provide a voice of protest on behalf of all victims and potential victims of genocide. Through its initiative, Action Yazidi, Yahad-In Unum collects the testimonies of survivors to document and offer evidence of every step of the Yazidi genocide and helps the survivors rebuild themselves in the displaced persons camps.
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