Throughout the years, the Foundations’ grantees have had a considerable impact on the region’s Civil Society, implementing projects tackling many social issues. 2012 year in particular, the CSOs’ involvement in Constitution Drafting, Citizenship Education, Dialogue-Building, and using Culture as a tool for Civic Engagement became particularly relevant in the continuously changing political and social situation across the region. In accordance with our 2006 Charter, we have always respected the identity of the CSOs we partner with: Independent, privately managed, not-for-profit entities that are an integral part of Civil Society, fit within one of our programmatic priority areas, and comply with international Human Rights conventions.
The demand-driven nature of our program gives the freedom and margin of action for CSOs to decide on the priorities they want to establish and the issues they want to actively engage in. Defending a demand-driven, as opposed to donor-driven, approach also allows CSOs to operate independently of the funding agency. Payments to grantees in 2012 totaled more than $ 3.6 million. The Levant region was responsible for 41% of that amount, while 25% went to North Africa, 21% to Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula (mostly Iraq and Yemen), 12% to Afghanistan & Pakistan and 1% to multi-country projects.
Then comparing 2012 to the past five years, the regional funding distribution remains consistent, but for one exception: From 2007 to 2011, grants for multi-country projects represented about 19% of our total spending whereas the percentage of funding spent on multi-country grants was closer to 1% in 2012. Instead, the bulk of payments this year went to the Levant region (Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine) making up 41% of total spending in comparison to the 29% observed from 2007-2011.
Over the past five years, the projects that have been selected and supported by the Foundation have increasingly covered the complete array of our programmatic focus areas while addressing the emerging needs or issues of Civil Society across the region.
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In response to the acute need for support towards small or new CSOs working to promote democracy, Human Rights and citizenship, we have worked to supplement our grant process by establishing a fund for seed grants targeting emerging CSOs in Tunisia and Libya, located outside large urban centers.
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Please note that the Foundation is currently not accepting any new grant applications. Organizations who would be interested in applying for the Grants Program are invited to check the Foundation’s website regularly for future CfP announcements