Second Virtual Dialogue on Civil Society Landscape and Displacement Policy Analysis in MENA, 18 June 2020

Panelists included Zaid Eyadat, Center for Strategic Studies in Jordan, Nasser Yassin, Issa, American University of Beirut in Lebanon, Noha El-Mikawy, Ford Foundation MENA Office in Egypt, and Hind Tak Tak, Université Hassan II de Casablanca in Morocco.

Panelists provided insights into the geostrategic and socio-economic trends impacting civil society actors working to respond to displacement crises, providing critical points for civil society collective thought and action. The changing nature of social contracts and implications for civil society actors were analyzed, highlighting both the worrying trends but also clear energy and activism at the civil society level throughout the crisis responding to refugee and host community needs.

These reflections were contrasted against the mixed migration context in North Africa where there have been important institutional measures to ensure inclusive assistance to vulnerable persons. Academics in North Africa are increasingly playing an important role in providing accurate data to support the identification of priorities and evidence-based decision making.

Finally, important lessons were shared for humanitarian and development actors in partnering with civil society organizations to pursue sustainable and durable community-based solutions.