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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sharq

Sharq

Active in the region since 2011, Sharq's focus is on the development of pluralism and independent thought in the Arab world. It aims to strengthen the ability of Arab citizens to hear and be heard and to engage in honest productive interactions. Sharq 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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Maison du Futur

Maison du Futur

Maison du Futur is a research, analysis and dialogue institution that explores viable alternative futures for the Middle East and Arab world including Lebanon. Founded in 1975 and inspired by the international thought of visionary statesmen and women of the East and West, Maison du Futur aims at providing a platform to formulate near and mid-term strategies for sustainable economic development, legitimate government, religious pluralism, and minority rights.
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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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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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Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI)

Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI)

Founded in 2006, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) aims to harness the policy-related research of AUB's faculty in order to achieve several goals: to raise the quality of public policy-related debate and decision-making in the Arab world and abroad, to enhance the Arab world's input into international affairs, and to enrich the quality of interaction among scholars, officials and civil society actors in the Middle East and abroad.
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