In his qualitive analysis for the 10th Euromed Survey, Richard Youngs (senior fellow, Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program. Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) analyses the key policy changes that will have a significant impact on the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) civil society.
These are some ideas of his analysis worth highlighting:
- The EU’s support for civil society has improved but remains behind the curve, as it struggles to keep pace with the emergence of dynamic innovations in civic activism.
- Despite the disappointment of the Arab spring, a willingness to protest still exists across the region.
- Contrary to many assumptions, the uprisings of the Arab spring were not a one-off that have entirely subsided back into the status quo ante.
- Most Arab governments have responded by trying to stifle civic politics
- Activists in Arab countries have begun to articulate more informal and community-rooted forms of civil society activity
- Young people are turning toward social entrepreneurship and volunteerism as alternatives to engaging with NGOs.
- Fluid and informal activism is the incipient strategy for getting round regime clampdowns on NGOs.
- In many respects, the EU has begun to react to the new civic politics in recent years. It has increased its use of sub-granting, to make sure that funds move from larger NGO partners into smaller civic groups out of capital cities.
- These changes are positive but for now remain tentative.
The publication of the Euromed Survey 2019 includes a descriptive report of the results and analysis articles by experts such as Intissar Kherigi; Richard Youngs, Senior Fellow (Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Europe); Itxaso Domínguez Middle East & Maghreb Coordinator (Fundación Alternativas); Jerzy Pomianowki, Executive Director (European Endowment for Democracy EED-Brussels); Aziza Moneer (PhD. Visiting Research Fellow, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden); Zaid Eyadat (Prof. Director of the Center for Strategic Studies. University of Jordan).