The objective of the project MAJALAT* is to create and promote a space of encounter and constructive dialogue between the civil society of the South of the Mediterranean and the European Union (EU).
Through its annual cycle of meetings at national, regional and European levels, as well as virtual tools and spaces on key themes for the Euro-Mediterranean region, the project aims to mobilize civil society as well as other key players in the field/ region, such as social movements, youth organizations, etc. so that they can actively engage in a regional, structured dialogue with EU institutions during the annual civil society forum in Brussels.
Being designed and implemented by the Civil Society for the Civil Society, the project is conceived as an inclusive and participatory bottom-up process. Each year, through an annual cycle of activities, civil society organisations will gather to discuss and exchange on 5 themes that are central for the relations between the EU and countries in the region (Governance and Rule of Law, security and countering violence, migration, economic and social dialogue, social and climate justice). The results of these discussions will be brought from the field into structured (policy) dialogues with the European Union.
As interface of the project, the digital interactive platform aims to encourage and facilitate the participation of as many civil society organizations and interested citizens - notably young people and women - in dialogue with relevant authorities on the key social and political challenges of the southern region of the Mediterranean on relations between the European Union and this region. The interactive digital platform provides information on project activities and priority themes addressed. Relayed on the social networks Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, it is also a dynamic space of interaction for the debate with experts and for the online learning (modules of interactive courses, videos, streaming of meetings etc.).
*MAJALAT refers to "spaces, opportunities, fields and domains".
The Majalat project was initiated and implemented by six civil society networks of the Euro-Mediterranean region: the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), The Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC), The Alternatives Forum Morocco (FMAS), The Euromed Rights network, the Euromed France network and the European network SOLIDAR.
The following organisations are also members of the Steering Committee: Arab Campaign for Education for All, Arab Network for Human Rights Information, Disabled People International, Maghreb Observatory on Migration, Transparency International, et Syrian Citizens’ League.