Call for Applications: MENA Leadership Academy Training Program to Strengthen Civic Engagement and Participation in the MENA Region

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Deadline: 10 April 2016

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation has currently launched a regional training program under MENA Leadership Academy, designed for young adults in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

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The overall objective of the training program is to enhance knowledge of professional methodology; strengthen the understanding of the role of civil society, and of the concept of participation; to increase the CSO contribution to economic and social development as well as its role as mediator between citizens and state in terms of articulating interests and defending rights. Equally, the program aims at motivating young people to participate in the civic life and local development of their countries.

Program Structure

The training program will take place over a 2-year period and will consist of following components:

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  • First Training
    • Functions and Organization of Civil Society Organizations in Democratic Societies
    • 16-22 May 2016, Madrid/Spain
    • Duration: 5 days
    • Focus: Different aspects of CSO role and functions in the context of development in the MENA-Region. The participants will also be trained in strategic planning and project development.
  • Second Training
    • Strengthening Skills
    • Tentative Details: November 2016,Tunis/Tunisia
    • Duration: 5 days
    • Focus: Local politics and the role of civic participation/CSOs in the regional and local level.
  • Third Training
    • Local Governance and Development
    • Tentative Details: March 2017, Spain/Regions
    • Duration: 5 days
    • Focus: Communication and Negotiation Skills
  • Fourth Training
    • Civic Engagement in Western European Democracies
    • Tentative Details: September 2017, Germany
    • Duration: 7 days
    • Focus: Study trip to Germany where the participants will learn about the organization and activities of CSOs in western European parliamentary democracy.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Citizen of MENA region countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon.
  • Age: Between 20 and 35 years.
  • Active in a civil society organization or any other form of civic engagement.
  • Very good command of English.
  • Available to contribute to the entire program cycle 2016-2017.

How to Apply

Participants must submit the following documents:

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  • Application form
  • CV with Photo

Applications must be submitted via email.

For more information, please visit MENA Leadership Academy Training Program.


  1. Avatar Nahedd Kly says

    I am very interested but I would like to ask about the application form , I can’t see any application form attached ?! Could you please help

    • Avatar Ritu Saini says

      Hi Nahedd Kly,
      For information regarding the application procedure, eligibility criteria and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Thank You!