This initiative was designed to critically evaluate the state of democracy in the Middle East and North Africa, and came up with policy proposals on how to improve it. This project identified six pillars of a working and viable democracy - the judiciary, constitutional framework, parliamentary elections, political parties, civil society, and the media - and aimed to identify and propose solutions to the problems faced in all six areas in different countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
The project's objective was to build on existing reform initiatives and bring together experts in these fields. The project also aimed to reinvigorate democrats in the region to encourage action that was more concrete.
The outcome of the project - publication by Abdallah Shalaby, Salah Al Din Al Jurshi, Mostafa El-Nabarawy, Moheb Zaki, Qays Jawad Azzawi, and Antoine Nasri Messarra entitled Towards a Better Life: How to Improve the State of Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa
can be downloaded here
- US Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
- Ibn Khaldun Center
- Arab Democracy Foundation
Dates: January 7, 2008 – January 1, 2009