The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,200 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over. NED is a unique institution. The Endowment’s nongovernmental character gives it a flexibility that makes it possible to work in some of the world’s most difficult circumstances, and to respond quickly when there is an opportunity for political change.
The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program under the of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affair’s Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) offers assistance, training, and support to groups and individuals striving to create positive change in the society. MEPI works across the Middle East , and North Africa region partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs), community leaders, youth and women activists, and private sector groups to advance their efforts to improve their communities. MEPI’s approach is bottom-up and grassroots, responding directly to local interests and needs.
The Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF) is an independent regional foundation led by human rights defenders and experts in the affairs of the Arab region and acting for local human rights defenders, groups and NGOs from the region. The Foundation was established and registered as a Danish foundation in 2004 by EuroMed Rights, a network comprising of more than 80 human rights organisations and defenders from the region, following a feasibility study that acknowledged the need for creating a flexible financial instrument to cover funding gaps for independent civil society actors. The Foundation is a unique regional contribution to promote respect for human rights within the South-Mediterranean region (including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria). More specifically, it allocates financial support and provides tailored coaching to protect the safety of individual defenders and NGOs, to allow them to start innovative and sensitive initiatives and to adapt and sustain their human rights work in situations of conflict or hostile environments, and in transitions towards democracy.
The Center of Arab Woman for Training and Research (CAWTAR) was created in 1993 in response to the request of a number of Arab governments and civil society organizations and institutions. CAWTAR is dedicated to working in a region where women and men are equal in rights and in practice, where gender gaps have been overcome and where women and men can participate equally in achieving prosperity. CAWTAR´s mission is to eradicate discrimination against Arab women and reduce gender gaps by promoting research, education, training and advocacy in all areas of life that affect the status of women, and to carry our message to policy makers, researchers, activists and local communities alike. The main objectives are: to empower women and promote gender equality and to reduce gender gaps as a means of achieving sustainable development in the Arab Region. CAWTAR facilitates the gender mainstreaming and contributes to deepen the knowledge of the Arab region on topics such as: Media, Globalization and Economic participation, Decision-Making, migration, Gender Based Violence Network, Gender and Water, Financial Education, CAWTAR clearing house.
The Goethe-Institut e.V. is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany active worldwide. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and maintain international cultural collaborations. We provide a comprehensive picture of Germany with information on the cultural, social and political life of our country. Our cultural and educational programs promote intercultural exchange and allow cultural participation. They strengthen the construction of civil society structures and encourage international mobility. Thanks to our network of Goethe-Institut, Goethe center, cultural societies, reading rooms as well as learning and examination centers, we have been the first contact with Germany for many people for over sixty years. The long-standing collaboration with important institutions and personalities from nearly 90 countries creates a climate of lasting trust in our country. We are the partner of all those who have an active relationship with Germany and its culture. We work independently without political ties.
The Institut français de Tunisie carries and implements the strategy and missions of the cooperation and cultural action service of the French Embassy in accordance with the spirit of partnership which governs relations between France and Tunisia. As such, it finances, initiates, leads and supports a set of actions and projects covering many areas: university, scientific, linguistic, educational, cultural, technical or institutional cooperation. In this period of democratic transition, the action of the French Institute of Tunisia revolves around five strategic objectives: develop links between Tunisian and French civil societies; support the democratic process and the strengthening of the rule of law, support decentralization; develop cultural exchanges between France and Tunisia; promote the French language; contribute to training, employment and economic and social development in Tunisia. To conduct its strategy, the French Institute of Tunisia mobilizes human and financial resources according to an annual program which deploys transversal actions and means of intervention as diverse as the organization of events and demonstrations, funding and support for projects or initiatives, technical assistance, transfer of expertise, training programs, grants and mobility assistance, institutional partnerships.
The mission of the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia is to support Tunisia as it works to consolidate its nascent democracy, develop its economy and strengthen its security capacity.
Present in Tunisia since 1966, the UNDP has always focused its interventions on national priorities, ranging from support to young institutions set up by the new independent state to support for the strategies and programs implemented by Tunisia in various areas. A number of challenges remain, to which UNDP provides its expertise and support in the fields of action corresponding to its areas of intervention. Achieving the MDGs and reducing poverty Democratic governance Energy and the environment for sustainable development Gender equality and South-South Cooperation are two issues that UNDP deals with in a transversal manner, each according to its area of specialty. In Tunisia, UNDP paid particular attention to the promotion of SSC and gender equality. UNDP interventions are carried out within the framework of a Country Program which is established for a period of five years, and which is based on the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the next Country, which covers the period 2007-2011, responds to the priorities set out by the XIth National Development Plan (2007-2011) and the Presidential Program.
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is Germany’s oldest intermediary organisation for international cultural relations. It promotes a peaceful and enriching coexistence between people and cultures worldwide. ifa supports artistic and cultural exchange in exhibition, dialogue and conference programmes, and it acts as a centre of excellence for international cultural relations. It is part of a global network and relies on sustainable, long-term partnerships.