Workshop

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: MENA Leadership Academy IV

Rethinking youth political activism in the MENA region

25 selected participants will follow a well-tailored program cycle throughout 2022-2023 with a series of trainings to strengthen organizational and functional capabilities of CSOs and young members of political parties. The program will also focus on individual skill training such as communication and negotiation. The training series will be finalized with a study trip to Germany.

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Although the countries of the southern Mediterranean each have their own political and economic characteristics, fundamental developments shape the entire region. Fragile political systems, young populations and high (youth) unemployment are characteristic of the region as tense citizen-state relations and recurring unrest. In almost all states in the region, there is a demand for greater political participation, accountability and transparency on the part of those in power, as well as socioeconomic reforms. Rule of law and good governance therefore remain dominant demands in the countries of the southern Mediterranean.

60% of the population in the MENA region is under 30 years old. The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic and its socioeconomic consequences have posed significant challenges to the political and social participation of young people in the region. At the same time, demands for good governance, rule of law, and respect for human rights remain. Social media also continues to change the understanding of participation and political and social engagement.

Aware of the importance of strengthening civic and political engagement of the youth in the MENA region, the Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS PolDiMed) launches the fourth generation of its regional training program MENA Leadership Academy – MENA LA.

One of the aims of the fourth edition of MENA-LA is to promote the strengthening of civic- and political engagement among young actors in the region. To this end,  it presents fundamentals of democracy and the rule of law, as well as methods to effectively advocate for reform processes in the region. The two-year program aims to enhance the basic communication- and political skills of the selected young leaders and increase the participation of young actors in the civic- and political process.


Training Components

25 selected participants will follow a well-tailored program cycle throughout 2022-2023 with a series of trainings to strengthen organizational and functional capabilities of CSOs and young members of political parties. The program will also focus on individual skill training such as communication and negotiation. The training series will be finalized with a study trip to Germany.

The training program will take place over a two-year period and will consist of the following components:

 

First Training

  • Civics, social and political participation, and foundations of democratic systems.
  • June 2022, Tunisia
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Focus: Role and functions of civil society and political organizations in the context of development in the MENA region. Participants are trained in strategic planning and project development.

 

Second Training

  • Change from below - local politics and civil society engagement on the ground
  • October 2022, Turkey
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Focus: The workings and functioning of local politics and the role of civil society organizations at the local and regional level.

 

Third Training

  • Competence training in communication, rhetoric and goal achievement
  • March 2023, Morocco
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Focus: Training on communication strategies and techniques, rhetoric training and training in the formulation of (written and oral) concerns. 

 

Fourth Training

  • Political and civil society engagement of young actors in Europe
  • September 2023, Germany
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Focus: Study trip to Germany where the participants will learn about the organization and activities of political parties and CSOs in a European parliamentary democracy

Candidates: Criteria of Eligibility

  • Citizens of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco,
  • Palestine, Tunisia
  • Age: Between 20 and 30 years
  • Candidates from CSOs and youth branches of political parties that work on one or more of the above mentioned training topics/fields
  • Very good command of English
  • Availability to contribute to the entire program cycle 2022-2023

Deadline for Submission

Applications should not be submitted later than February 27, 2022 via e-mail only to the Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, info.poldimed@kas.de and riadh.dziri@kas.de.


Required Documents

  • Filled out application form (Download here)
  • CV with photo
  • Vaccination Pass (required for all travels and participation)
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Contact

Riadh Dziri

Riadh Dziri KAS

Project Coordinator

riadh.dziri@kas.de +216 70 02 94 60 +216 71 96 23 81