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AFAN Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program

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The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to announce the Arab Freedom of Association Network Regional Fellowship Program. The program will allow civil society leaders and freedom of association advocates to spend three to four weeks working with a host NGO in another country in the region. Fellows will have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with NGO leaders in other countries, build practical skills needed to advance civil society law initiatives, gain regional exposure, and build regional coalitions for reform.

ICNL will award up to four regional fellowships to qualified civil society leaders and freedom of association advocates. Both fellows and host organizations must be from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen.

This is an action-oriented fellowship. It is designed to provide opportunities to engage with other practitioners and scholars in the region to advance the legal environment for civil society throughout the region. During the time of the fellowship, fellows will be required to post at least two blog entries per week discussing their experiences and lessons learned on the ICNL website. ICNL will cover the cost of travel to and from the host city as well as room and board for the agreed-upon time period.

Applicants must submit a completed application, proposal, and a resume by June 24, 2013. All fellowships will take place between June and August 2013. Organizations in one of the designated countries are also invited to contact ICNL if they are interested in hosting a fellow.

Proposals must focus on the legal environment for civil society (for example, the rules governing the establishment, operation, funding or sustainability of NGOs, NGO-government relations, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, etc.). We are particularly interested fellowship activities that will support an ongoing reform initiative in the fellow's home country.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Compliance with eligibility requirements and application procedures;
  • Past or present experience in civil society law as a lawyer, academic, government official, or NGO leader;
  • Demonstrated interest in NGO law reform;
  • Quality of the proposed activity, including the significance of the issue to be studied;
  • Likelihood that the Fellowship will help advance the legal framework for civil society in the applicant’s country; and
  • Commitment to continue working on civil society legal issues for a minimum of 12 months upon the applicant’s return home, and ability to effect change based upon leadership potential.
  • Applications that identify a preferred host organization and demonstrate some familiarity or prior contact between the fellow the potential host organization will be looked upon favorably.

Apply online now or contact Lana Marouf of ICNL LLC by email at lmarouf@icnl.org for more information. Please note that all applications must be submitted online. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.