Sunday, September 16, 2012
Empowering Democratic Activists for MENA Advancement- EDAMA
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) is the legally binding international anti-corruption instrument. UNCAC provides a unique opportunity to mount a global response to a global problem.
As a member of the UN Coalition Against Corruption (UNCAC), I had applied to Partners-Jordan for participating in the Regional Forum for Arab Democracy (“Empowering Democratic Activists for MENA Advancement- EDAMA”) to be held in Amman, Jordan between September 24 to 27, 2012. I have been selected from Asia and invited to participate.
EDAMA is designed to support the proactive engagement of democratic activists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in ongoing and potential democratic transitions and reforms throughout the region. The forum will facilitate in-person and virtual learning exchanges and opportunities among democratic activists and provide ‘learn-by-doing’ opportunities for MENA democratic activists to apply new skills, ideas, and resources, as it will create an informal global network of democratic activists, provide skills training, and build inter-cultural relationships that will foster ongoing support and virtual exchanges among participants from the MENA region and selected European, Latin American, Asian, and African democratic activists and leaders.
The forum will be followed by extensive coaching and capacity-building for motivated participants through online engagement in a virtual platform that supports knowledge sharing, collaboration, social networking, and e-learning. The project will convene several face-to-face sub-regional workshops, which will include more individualized technical assistance, coaching, and networking opportunities to further bolster relevant skills and promote collaboration to enable activists to develop action plans to implement new strategies in their countries. At the close of the program, EDAMA participants will join together for a final regional lessons-learned workshop.